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Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I will hold my hands up and fully admit to having double standards here.

We are continually reassessing what should and should not be on the boat for space. Do we really need this or that and why should my wife need more that one dress and one pair of shoes.

When it comes to boat bits things are different. I can't seem to throw away a bit of old line, an old pump or nearly anything boat related. We have got so many pieces of old line (I have hidden around the boat).

Is it just me who hoards old boat bits and lines "just in case" or can you easily throw things away?
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

If I need the space for something I need more ... out it goes. Otherwise, why toss things you might need that you've already paid for?
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I know what you mean! For me there are some things I can part with easily - old bilge pumps and float switches come to mind - and then some things that seem to collect forever, like old hose clamps, lengths of line of various sizes and conditions, and pretty much anything stainless no matter how random it is.
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I feel that the inability to throw away a "boat bit" comes from fear of future breakage, or at a minimum, lack of trust in your equipment quality. Let me elaborate

If you keep up with scheduled and proactive maintenance, I'd have no fear of getting rid of an old busted out pump. Its when you're letting your current pump run along with that weird sound or well past its rebuild window is when you feel the need to hang on to the older part just in case you need to rebuild on the cheap.
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I have no double standard - I hoard everything, and that includes high mileage shoes (but once they get seriously moldy, I do toss them into trash).
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

I am getting so much old line onboard I have to do something drastic. The tipping point was being tied up in Cape Town for a winter in an area famous (infamous) for the 50 knot winds that are pretty common. We had a boat keeper who kept an eye on things and added extra lines as necessary. When we returned to Africa we had 13 (13!) lines holding the boat and most of them had suffered at least some chafe. I think we managed to throw out three that were beyond salvation but a little nip and cut and I keep all of them along with other dock lines I already had. I think when we get back to North AmericaI will get nasty and throw out a lot of old stuff - at least I think I will.
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

If it's a mechanical piece, then clearly I replaced it for a reason (i.e., it's broken). If I can't fix it, then it's trashed. If I can, then it gets stored at home as a spare. Same thing for old line. I keep some on the boat in a dedicated rope locker, the rest is in the attic. Attic line gets made into things like rope mats.
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

At twenty eight feet I am short of space so I continually sort out the boat! The pirate in me lets me wonder How the boat will perform with extra junk aboard. And where would I put a treasure if I ever got one! Dale
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If it's a mechanical piece, then clearly I replaced it for a reason (i.e., it's broken). If I can't fix it, then it's trashed. If I can, then it gets stored at home as a spare. Same thing for old line. I keep some on the boat in a dedicated rope locker, the rest is in the attic. Attic line gets made into things like rope mats.
Impellas.. I change them every year. They look fine when I change them so I keep them... just in case one fails.. oh and the new back up I have, Oh and the new back up to the back up... Do you think I can make a modern art thing of all the impellas I have aboard.
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Re: Double Standards when it comes to the boat!

When we got the boat, there where enough bags of spare lines to outfit an entire boat. However, they were all frayed and worn. I'm replacing all lines with this mast refit I'm doing now. OUT with the old, in with the new. But at first it was hard to just toss things (until the wife started making our boat our second home. :-)
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