I think I had my boat for a full year before I sailed it without breaking anything. Now that I think harder it was two years. If I ever get to the end of my to do list I don't know what I'll do. I have the Class I items that need to be fixed before I sail (none of those right now) The Class II items that it would be better if I fixed them now (about 8 items) now, And finally the long list of Class III items which I really would like to fix.
Between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea. Besides holding our hearts together through long periods of separation, it had the effect of making us tolerant of each other's yarns -- and even convictions. Heart of Darkness