Originally Posted by sailingdog
It depends on what your priorities are... some projects take precedence over sailing for me... but sailing trumps other projects...
That's it in a nut shell.
I haven't had a working galley stove or refrigeration since moving off the boat and into a house. We don't use the boat in a way that requires those conveniences anymore.
To me it just doesn't make sense to repair and maintain something that is not required to actually sail, just to have it sit and deteriorate due to lack of use.
You know what they say, "Use it or lose it." And it's true too. As long as we were using the stuff all the time, it was working fine. A few months of living ashore and everything started falling apart and rusting away.
We bought a little camp stove for 15 dollars and we use ice chests for the times that we stay aboard for more than a day at a time.
Same thing applies to electronics. Shoot, by the time I'm able to move back aboard and do some real cruising again, everything I could buy today will be obsolete.
But, she's got a brand new teak bowsprit, new stem fittings, the rig is in pretty good shape, the sails are fine, the ground tackle is old but sound and the engine is running good.
I'll be sailing!