Since we switched from the RV back to the boat our list of tasks has grown quickly and steadily, as I knew it would. Although it can be daunting at times, both the things I’ve accomplished before and those I haven’t, I’m thankful to be working on both. They teach me new things and give me confidence in our ability to keep Brilliant safe, seaworthy and shipshape.
A friend of ours who has a very well known blog at (http://www.zerotocruising.com) recently wrote a post about how they find themselves performing more repair work than they had anticipated on their new boat. When they were boat shopping their strategy was very similar to ours: spend the extra money to purchase a boat that is better equipped and maintained so as not to have to spend the time and money installing and repairing the stuff onboard. The flip side of that is buying what we call a “project boat”, that is one that you can buy for a lot less money but needs a considerable amount of work, either cosmetic work or installing/fixing various cruising systems, after you take possession. In housing circles this would be called a “fixer upper.”
What they are finding is similar to what we are experiencing with Brilliant, that no matter what the age or price of your boat, your work list just grows faster than you can complete things. DUH! (headslap).
The water, especially when it’s salt water, is a very unforgiving environment, and the conditions we put boats through aren’t nice to either equipment or cosmetics. That’s just a fact. Things might break with age, or with the weather, or with sitting too long, or when you make a mistake, or while being out of the water in storage. There can be any number of reasons as to why, but they will break, and usually at the most inopportune time. That’s just a part of cruising.
So whether you pay more for a better equipped boat or buy a project boat, there will be work to do; count on it. Your project list may just look a little different on the newer boat.
Remember my blog about setting a date? Our date to head offshore is slipping with new projects that have arisen and breakdowns since we left Jacksonville. We do listen to our own advice, honest. We also realize that goals don’t always get achieved exactly like you set them.
A hockey star named Wayne Gretsky once said, “You’ll never miss the shot you don’t take.” Applied here it means that some people won’t set goals because then they never have to worry about missing them.
Not to worry; we’ll get there.