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Old 19-10-2010, 09:47   #16
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We have a cutter and have no idea whether it works or not. We have sailed the pot-laden waters of the Chesapeake and Maine without snagging a pot and I've never noticed a float bobbing free behind us. But, maybe it just keeps the pink elephants away.

As for the todo list, we replaced the non-working head and recharged the refrigeration so we are ready to go whenever the Captain's calendar at work is clear. Cheers.
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Old 19-10-2010, 09:50   #17
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I keep my epic to-do list public on my web server... it adds a little extra motivation (and attracts the occasional volunteer or advice-email). When an item is done, I line it out and leave it for a few days.

The little games we play with ourselves...

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Hmmm. I'm betting it's not....
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Old 19-10-2010, 16:51   #20
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There is only one thing on our list that is a must do before we leave:


Sell house.
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I drove 'Lil Dink past some fishermen this morning - waved to them all - saw them drop the tips of their rods......... got home with the 3.3 racing engine a little bit 'off'.... pulled the engine off the dink like I have to after EVERY trip (the dink sinks ) and found a brand new sinker! 4 hooks, beacutifully attached to the line with swivels all the best way to do a line - must have taken the old coot an hour to make up....
So now you have accidentally become that %$&$%@%$@%@$ that screams though the (mooring, fishing area, swimming area) in your dink with no regard for others...

Sometimes when people go through a mooring and throw a wake, make some noise, snag a line it's just an unintentional blunder.
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Old 19-10-2010, 17:07   #22
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I keep my epic to-do list public on my web server...
Wow! You better get crackin' Maybe deleting some list items is faster?
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Haul out.
Rip out Interior and re-model to accomodate 6ft2in more comfortably.
Insulate hull.
Fit sea toilet, flexi FW tank and sink.
Rewire.
Remove all deck fittings and mast.
Clean/fill/sand all deck cracks and prep for painting then paint deck.
Prep and epoxy mast and boom.
Remove rubbing strakes and sand down the hull.. top to bottom.
VCTar the hull.
Paint hull
'Refresh' hull - deck join and refit rubbing strakes.
Fit new Vetus forehatch.
Fit new winches.
Make Sprayhood/Dodger.
Make frame for above.
Make Boom tent.
Make new Mainhatch.
Clean/polish/sand/varnish all the things I took off and fit them back on.
Anti foul and launch.
Fit mast....
There's a few odds n sods inbetween I figure... but, should be done before spring if its a fairly dry winter this year.
Fingers crossed another delivery will come along and I can add new sails to the list.... lol

Thinking of taking up two of the 'Challenges'... '$500/mth' and 'Around the World on $15k...'
David's "Old Goat'" is running the 'Book'....
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Old 19-10-2010, 19:17   #24
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I don't have a to do list that prevents me from sailing. As long as the engines run, the sails go up, and the rigging is secure, I am ready to go.

There are always things that need fixing, but I don't make a list. My boat talks to me and tells me what I need to do next.

When I arrive in a port, I climb the mast to check the rigging to see if there are any broken strands of wire that need attention. If the rigging is secure, then I can leave the next day if need be. I have replaced pieces of rigging in Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, and Gibraltar. Rigging must be 100% for Exit Only to sail.

Do lists give me something to work on in port but rarely stop me from sailing. On rare occasions I have waited in port for DHL to deliver a piece of gear or a part that I install before heading offshore.

A do list shouldn't be a don't go sailing list. It's simply a collection of jobs to do when you have time, or when the level of urgency demands immediate attention, and that doesn't happen very often.

The problem I have with to do lists is the underlying assumption that these jobs need to be done before I take off. I question that assumption. I can sail my catamaran without all the bells and whistles and still enjoy the trip. I am not trying to create the perfect catamaran or replicate life ashore by creating a floating condo with every convenience. So my do list is relatively small when I have one.

Usually I sail with things still on my do list, and so far nothing bad has happened.
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I don't really have a list. I have a project box which is just the same as when I launched. Likewise the brightwork on the grab rails still needs to be stripped, redone and rebedded. My excuse is it will be easier when the boat is laid up for the winter. But, I did finish my major project the solar panel bimini so I feel I least accomplished something during the season.
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Wow! You better get crackin' Maybe deleting some list items is faster?
That's my favorite way to get things off the list... decide I don't need to do them after all. I'm not complaining (well, not too much); I wished this complexity on myself and actually find it entertaining once the blinkies go live. But the stuff that is just in the way, and not intrinsically fun, drives me crazy. I spent 2-3 hours today in the forest, on a ladder, cleaning the gutters on my lab. The connection between this and sailing is long, convoluted, and unavoidable. <sigh>

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Fit sea toilet,
Hmm. This is one I stopped deleting fom the to-do list - with three boats, this has gotta be done every year... and when the new one has to get put on the yacht, and the 'old' one becomes a hand-me-down, then double that figure...
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The only one keeping us from leaving our jobs are:
- finish paying off some loans

The rest is all stuff that can be along the way.
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