Monday, January 17, 2011

Ask not what your boat can do for you...

But what you can do for your boat.


Scott and I have spent the last 10 days or so doing just this.  The way we look at it, the more TLC we put into our boat, the more TLC she'll give us right back.   This is a win/win situation for sure.

Taking care of your vessel is a full-time job.  I read once that you are in really good shape if 80% of your systems are in working order.  I'm no mathlete, but that means that at any given time 20% of a boats systems will be in some state of disrepair.  I'm sure it's not much different than a home, except for the fact that a home cannot sink, isn't floating in a devastatingly corrosive environment, and isn't surviving the equivalent of an earthquake every other day.

By taking the time to go through all of our systems, make minor adjustments, mini-repairs and, yes, even beautify our boat - we think (or shall I say hope) we're saving ourselves much bigger headaches down the way.

We take great pride in our boat - her strength, her beauty, her power - and we want to make sure she is in the best possible condition she can be, so that she will keep us in the best possible condition we can be.

Boat Karma? Indeed.

Love,
Brittany & Scott

7 comments:

Windtraveler said...

Testing

Lisa Hanneman said...

I have to say your photos are getting to be really great. Did you get a new camera?

Laura and Hans said...

Dear God! I would have agreed with you a couple of months ago but after the weekend we just endured we would much rather have a 95/5% ratio! But for some sick reason we're still going to keep moving along. It must be the sirens.

Anonymous said...

looks like your backstay could use a few bushings to keep the load centered on the masthead

Windtraveler said...

Anonymous! Thank you - and great eye! That is now been added to our list of "things to do"! Thanks again!

Crew of s/v Island Bound said...

Good stuff! Didn't someone once define cruising as "fixing your boat in exotic places"? When we were on our cruise last summer it seems more times than not the first thing we did when we got into an anchorage was either a maintain, repair or clean something.

Croc Bones Crew said...

Brilliant work! You two definately make a great team and reading your blog is giving me the extra push i need.
We set sail in 1 month now and the list of things to do before we leave seems endless, one thing gets fixed - another breaks!!
Power through guys, she is looking awesome! It will all be worth it :)

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