One of our fellow boaters here in the marina made the comment “A boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.” Oddly enough, this lovely old boat has not been that much of a cost drain so far… but… we haven’t had someone with a more experienced eye look her over yet. We have friends who are going to be helping us with that this spring and we will probably have to hire help for the things outside our level of skill, but we will learn now so that in a few years when we are off the coast of South America or Africa we won’t be in as much of a bind.
So… adding the project list to this whole “Boating on a Budget” adventure! We will most likely have blog posts and videos to go with each of these. I am probably forgetting some things, but here is the list we have so far for this spring and summer (except the haul-out to clean/paint the bottom, that’s next year).
GET THE BOAT READY:
(In no particular order)
- Finish installing the toilet
- Have someone who is more knowledgeable check the sails (Bruce)
- Have rigging checked (Chris’s friend)
- Buy new fire extinguishers and flares
- Put port side stanchions back up
- Buy new bolt(s) for port side stern cleat
- Drill 2nd hole for port side stern cleat
- Re-install port side stern cleat
- Buy new mooring line and redo mooring
- Buy new fenders (?)
- Have USCG safety check
- Resurface the deck
- Redo the bright work finishes
- Have the zincs done (diver)
- Haul out to clean and paint the bottom
We don’t have all the costs for these yet and some are things that don’t cost anything but time. I guess I will update this once I have that information (or make a new post). Most are pretty low budget. Stay tuned for the update on the specifics! ^_^
Thanks for reading!