Seems like a familiar problem for many of us. Like hamburking
said, doing maintenance
in a beautiful anchorage is much more pleasant than in the marina. We usually plan a trip that includes some projects in the middle -- and that works well for us. If you're not a project
person (and we ARE project
people) you'll be fighting to find time to do the projects. Period. Just take a good look at who you are and what you can realistically do. Then, follow your plan. Do it for YOU not for everyone else. What I mean by that is that you may have to...downgrade...your expectations of a few things. Those winches? Are they working well but someone has put the bug in your ear that they have to be rebuilt NOW? Keep using them and do one at a time. We have 10 winches installed and used on the boat (and another 6 that used to be here when she was set up with racing
stations) and there's always a winch
to be rebuilt. It actually only takes a little bit of time to do a single
one -- after a sail, while sitting at the dock
, do that single
one and be happy.
Hire out the hull cleaning
; hire out the annual wax of the hull
; don't let the retiree across the dock
with the pristine engine
room make you feel like YOU have to have yours equally spotless when you're so far away, etc. Adjust the expectations for sure.
When we bought and were rebuilding our schooner ( a full-time job for 2-1/2 years) we also bought a little Rawson
30 (cosmetic fixer-upper) that we sailed on the weekends. We would alternate weekends--one we'd sail, the next we'd maintain. We didn't let the weather
really dictate because we were in a mild climate. It worked for us. And while we do all the diving/hull cleaning/everything on the bigger boat, we did just go ahead and hire a dive service
for the Rawson
. We sold the Rawson when we were launching the boat we'd rebuilt and somehow we did manage to fix up the Rawson even with just casual work on those alternate weekends.
Bottom line is to do what works for YOU not me or anyone else. Figure it out and be happy with your choices.
Fair winds, Brenda --oh and David is looking over my shoulder saying something about --get one tiny done every day no matter how tiny --um, clean the main saloon
, or wipe down all the stainless stanchions...etc