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Old 06-04-2011, 10:10   #61
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

Does getting something that floats and something that catches the wind to propel it count? If it does that will be #1 on my list and from what I've read it can only get better from there. Don't mind that green eyed monster peering over my shoulder.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:21   #62
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

Replace mainsheet
Replace jib halyard
Replace staysail halyard
Replace jib sheets
" " wind vane on windspeed indicator/transducer
" " whale manual bilge pump
^^^ everything else on the boat is completely prepped and ready to go, from keel to masthead and stem to stern!

Other than that, it is just a matter of accumulating charts, courtesy flags, and getting the dog's shots and papers in order. Sailaway date is seven months away, and all of the major prep has been done. Feels great to be down to such a small list now.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:37   #63
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

I've got to-do's -- everyone does -- but I can drop lines and go within 30 minutes of getting back from a warehouse store for a provisioning run.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:09   #64
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

Looking back up to 9 years ago when we bought the boat, yes we definitely have been tied by the "to do list", half the year roughly, if not 75% of the time.

The boat was 12 years old when we bought it and we contracted shipyards that are not, in France, very fast.

One of the reason is that they can not employed (it cost them too much) as many people as they need.

Other reason is that the work schedule is 35 hours a week (in some shipyard, the friday afternoon is closed, 1 week out of 2...).

An example: we decided to refit our hydraulic control panel (manual Navte) some 2.5 months ago.

We asked to have a cost extimation prior the work was performed: 7 weeks to get it...(1 month to have it removed from the boat and sent to the manufacturrer and 3 weeks to have an offer...).

Since we agree on the price 3 weeks ago, we have been informed that the panel will probably be back on the boat next week.

Then it has to be done and tested, which I think will take another, if not 2 weeks.

Meanwhile we cannot sail as the control panel is tensionning the backstay and the boom wang...

All the time we lost was for the same reason, ever lasting work.

We had a big refit that was planned for 8 months (based on a largely estimated planning we established, to be sure to not be late at the delivery).

It lasted 13 months.

And so on...

Thankfully, we are at the end of the refit and improvment period, and it should reverse the trend timewise.

On the other hand, the month we use to sail every year was absolutely trouble-free in term of technical issue and performance, so we have been (a bit) paid back somehow.

The "to do list" has a page by discipline (sail, engine, plumbing...) that was originally a full page Excel spreadsheet for each one, they are now having a maximum of 1 or 2 items, if not empty.

Our feedback is that, if you can DIY (meaning have the skill AND time), do not contract a shipyard.

And also that the say "11 months of servicing for 1 month of sailing" is still very true!

On the philosophical side, we do not hope having the "to do list" close anymore, but finally understood that it is a permanent (if not eternal) open one.
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:26   #65
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

i fix while sailing--lol is easy to do -- and keeps ye sailing instead of dock queening and repairing-- is not the saying that cruising is the fine art of repairing your boat in exotic locales??????? lol is easy, but then again, ye dont have the oooohs and aaaaahhhs of the naybores to listen to as reinforcement of your labors of lust when ye fix on th erun, as it were. besides, by the timeye leave from docking your boat so long, the gps will be outdated and ye will need a new one, in 3-d......when that happens, i will take the old one off yer hands.......
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

1. case green beans
2. a tow out inlet
3. favorable winds or fix trans.+
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1. case green beans
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if yer REALLLLY good, ye can get the re installation of transmission done while sailing down the river..out the channel...... timing is alllll, ye knowz.....second best is a goood shanghai.....
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is not the definition of cruising "travel between ports to collect spare parts".
If you write a list it will grow!!
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if it is gonna happen, it will happen out there--lol.....go sailing and fix as ye go-- works well..LOL... and dont make a list--you will be sorry-- BOAT WILL LENGTHEN THAT LIST FOR YE......
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My big ticket stuff list is smaller. My maintenance list and future replacement cylcle list is longer. Sort of a gotta should want to scene. On the big stuff then it's cost cycle stuff.
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If you write a list it will grow!!
It'll grow with stuff you don't need anyway.
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Re: Challenge: Has Your To-Do List Got You Tied to the Dock ?

Short but frustrating....waiting for the hydraulic lines to commission my autopilot otherwise gone yesterday ....lol
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