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Re: Worst boat project?
As I get older, and more leisure time I have changed many things in my cruising life:
I pay for the bottom painting & sanding - Thats toxic stuff and at my age we suddenly think about not dying
Mast climbing - I get scared now!
Advanced electrics - I do the minor stuff, connections etc but putting in chargers, Isolators etc I make experts do.
Engine - My new engine is electronic... I could fix it if I was a computer
Other general 'rules'
I do not 'gerry jug' water and diesel. I take the boat to the dock. The bending, twisting and lifting a full gerry from dinghy to the deck can put a non-athlete's back out.... for months.
Heavy polishing I pay for. I contract for people 4 hours per day. No one can polish more than 4 hours.
I never do more than 1 hours work on the boat per day (weekends off). If it takes more than that to maintain a 20 year old Production boat I am doing it wrong.
My cruising is not about sailing per say, its about tourism. If I lose a tourism day to boat fixing then I have failed in my plan. My current tourism plan is "Cities that have moved the world in History, or are moving the World now" Thats why I spend time in New York, London, Paris etc.
Just one more line on that thought as its important: Many have this funny line: "We have No Plans, and are sticking to them". IMHO thats a recipe for disaster. Get a plan and achieve it! Plans can change, vary, advance etc... but have one!
Some of my friends often do not accept tourism invitations because they are doing 'boat projects'. The attitude beggars belief. Of course I let them do boat projects as they wouldn't appreciate what I do.
If I waste my life to save $1,000 and I die with $1,000 in the bank am I a fool or a fool???
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