Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Why is our boat such a mess?
We keep most tools under the nav seat and it's packed!! Seems I add something every few months to eternity.
I worked summers, when I was in high school, for a painting company that taught me to prepare everything I many need for the job in the morning and clean and put it all away every evening, even if I needed it again the next day. At 16 that just seemed like a pain. However, it really does save time. I pull out every tool I may need (ie metric and sae wrenches/sockets) and lay them out in a part of the boat I won't be working on. Often the salon settee. At the end of the day, it really only take 15 to 20 mins to repack everything so I can find them all the next day again.
Even psychologically, it really helps tackle the job the next morning, if it doesn't look like a bomb went off.
Another project tip I follow is proper preparation of the job itself. Again, similar to proper scraping and sanding to prep for paint. On a boat, everything is difficult to reach, with hatches, doors, panels, cabinets, etc, in the way. Before I try to dig in, I remove doors from their hinges and whatever cabinetry I can to help access the job. There is nothing more frustrating than have a cabinet closing on you while your head and one arm are buried in the hull.
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