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Old 07-25-2008
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Does the list ever end?

Every one of us has a list of things they want to do on their boat, in terms of repairs, upgrades, and outfitting. Has anybody ever in the history of boats ever reached the end of that list?

I spent the whole of last week on my boat, just working on her. I never once took it out, never even started the engine (although, I should have). I got tons done, but each time I sat down, and took a breath, I thought of something else I would like to add to my list.

Last week:
  • I fixed the bilge pump... again.
  • I fixed a short in the bilge float switch (thats scary).
  • I replaced old fuel lines.
  • I added a handpump bulb before the fuel filter.
  • I put a fuel shutoff switch after the filter.
  • I replaced the upper lifelines.
  • I added red LED lights to the cockpit.
  • I replaced a broken steering cable, and have a spare.
  • and I installed a tank monitoring system.

I would let you know my remaining items, but there are so many, and its growing every time I open a magazine. click on sailnet.com, read a book, look at another boat, or even spent 10 minutes thinking about my boat.

Am I destined to die with an unfinished list of things I want to do? Is this what I have bought into? Am I crazy for having enjoyed doing all that work in the stupid heat?

I <3 my boat.
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Owning a boat is a process and not a destination.

Enjoy the process.

If you can't, then charter.

I don't mean to be snippy, but I've just come to this realization myself.

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Yes the list ends, "IF" and only "IF" you do not add things to the list, once you've completed the list. Its kinda like my "honey do" list from teh spouse, not sure that it will ever go down to nothing! with this spouse, hopefully it does not end!

So enjoy the process, or the time off from yard work as I put it. Did enough of that during the work week, so why am I at home today installing pavers?!?!?!?! when I could be at a clients installing pavers for $$$$$$$$ anyway, back to it!

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35 years and the answer is NO it never ends! I even bought a brand new boat in 05 and it still did nothing to reduce the amount of time and money I put in..
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If you reach the end of the list.....it's time to sell it, buy another one and start over
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It reaches an end the day you either sell it or pass on to the eternal sailing sea; meanwhile enjoy the list, it's a work of love ... hence the name of my boat (kept over from the prior owner)

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Never ends, wouldn't want it to, but I'm enjoying the occaisional breaks more than I used to . Congratulations on getting a good bit of work done, productive week.

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