I had that, and also the pressure of the budget. There seems like so much to do. Casey makes a great point: make a list, prioritize it, and follow it.
However, that being said, a single project
will begin to suck you down the rabbit hole. The head
needs rebuilding, but the kit costs almost as much as a new head, which when purchased will require replumbing because the outlet is in a different place, during which you will find that the PO used exhaust
hose which turns out to be porous (instead of the correct nipple on the tank), which means additional plumbing
, which while doing you find the macerator is sketchy, and the Y-valve is beyond frozen so you remove it, then get the bright idea to move the galley
sink through-hull to the old overboard
discharge cause it's larger and the sinks don't drain well (and you happen to have enough hose left over from the head replumbing), during that replumbing you inadvertently knock loose the connection to the pressure water
pump which begins to leak at which point you realize that your new sink hose routing makes it nigh impossible to put a screwdriver on the freaking hose clamps that are leaking... We don't even want to start talking about the electric repower
, and what that all led too...
It's an older boat. I get as much satisfaction from toying with it as I do from sailing it, which is good because if I didn't I couldn't afford to sail it anyway. I consider it my learning
boat, in so many ways... Besides, it's pretty easy to fix when you accidentally hammer a chisel through the hull
(luckily it was in the yard for that one). The real damage is to my pride when I do something really stupid... (and then come here and read about what I should have done from eight different threads on the topic that I somehow missed because the bloody search system here is somehow linked to my boat and will only display those threads *after* I've pooched up a particular job)
Keep the faith. My wife has lived through three full house fixers without sticking a shank in me while I sleep. We'll see if I live through the boat owning experience...
-- my thesis supervisor used to call those "pants wetter" problems. as in you see it, and it seems so big you wet your pants 'cause you can't figure out where to start. his solution was just to start working one small area, and when you've got locked down then move on to the next, and eventually the big picture will resolve itself. although, on further review i don't think he ever owned a boat. i knew he was way smarter than me...