Originally Posted by gunkylump
It appears that we may have Kewalo sold.....sea trial tomorrow, then a purchaser's survey
......all should be good.
Today, we decided to go to the boat and start unloading our personal items. Two full cartloads later....we still aren't done. Still have tools, cleaning
materials....dishes.....stuff, stuff and more stuff!
How do you control what you carry on the boat? How much weight do you think you have added to your vessel?
When we called it a day today, she was bobbing about at the dock
like a frisky colt in a new pasture.......ready to "race all comers"..lol....and she's a Bayfield 29....she just doesn't win races!
It seems with time....the adding of "stuff" just keeps getting deeper and deeper......can you control that?
I have some rules.
No new clothes come on unless old ones go off, either to my storage
unit if I think I may need them, or some place like Goodwill, or in the trash iv I've done something really clever with them like spray engine oil
Nothing goes into the galley
unless it can do three things. That includes pots and pans -- no "specialty" pans. I have an induction cooktop, which I LOVE, so all pans have to be magnetic. Then they can be used anywhere.
I have a Kindle, and I buy darned few books
in paperback format. Heavily illustrated books
do much better in paper format. I have ONE smallish plastic box. All books must fit in that box.
I just set limits and boundaries for myself.
While you're at it, look at your lines. If you have old, worn lines that are in bad shape, ditch 'em and replace them with good line. If you need a line in a storm you want to be sure it can take whatever strain is going to go on it -- deploying a drogue
, for instance. It won't do you any good if the line breaks.
Go through your tools and get rid of duplicates. You need English
and metric allen wrenches, but you don't need two sets. You don't need to keep the stray odd ones that show up. Same for screwdrivers. We need a depressing assortment of them, but you don't need duplicates. Every little bit of paring down helps.
When you can, store things in plastic bags rather than plastic boxes. They take up a lot less space that way. When I bring home rice from the store, it goes into a fresh zip-locked (with the little plastic thing that pushes across the seam) bag and I pitch
the box. You don't want cardboard on a boat anyway; roaches love cardboard -- so food
in a cardboard box is a bad idea. I saw a roach on the dock today looking for a new home. Don't have the welcome mat out for them.
I keep everything in plastic boxes that I can -- iike my dremel, for instance. If water
gets in the boat I don't want to have my dremel ruined as well.
I do try to keep everything necessary to sail safely ON the boat, not in the dock box or storage
unit. That way I can't pull away from the slip while forgetting something important.
I label the boxes and bags, and I label the shelf or wherever they go.
I have a "skipper's cockpit
box." Everything that goes in it is labeled SCB so if someone sees something out they know to put it in that box. Examples are the caps to the lenses on my binoculars. They can end up in strange places. The things I need go in there -- reading glasses, sunglasses, suntan lotion, horn, etc.
Dishes and silver for four people only.