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It is the little things that keep projects bumped back on the ToDo list forever, or make them take 3x-10x as long as you'd expected, even if know how to multiply out "boat time".
Little things, like the day a friend went looking for some common nuts and bolts to reinstall the repaired pulpit we needed for an uncoming race. Just a 45-minute trip to Home Depot. Except, the three he visited didn't carry stainless bolts in stock. So eventually he returned with galvanized from stop #4...which worked, but then the job had to be redone after the right stainless bolts were ordered end of season. How do you log the time for that quick repair?
Or the small chainplate fix that needed a piece of marine lumber. Which Condon's (thank you!) actually gave us free on a "pity rate", after a two hour ride each way. After excavating enough trim to find the real extent of the damage.
Or the easy engine repairs, oh, did you need a crush washer? Worth about a penny a piece, but if you need a dozen somehow, they have to be special ordered from Sweden, where the days and national holidays and summer closings don't quite align with the same sun and moon.
Working on boat repairs is easy: Like dropping a dime behind the ten yard line on a football field, then trying to find it in the dark. It isn't the magnitude of the task that gets you, but always SOME little thing, some two cent part, that you can't get even after you call the launch and get in the car and make the trip to where someone answered the phone and said "oh sure, we've got those".
Which is what the ToDo list is for, after all, when there's no wind and you're stuck with a hour on the boat waiting for latecomers or weather...there's always something to be done. Does the time you spend on those jobs, instead of idly waiting, get subtracted from the time you spend pursuing the two-cent monsters from another part of the world? :-)