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Old 15-11-2011, 06:44   #1
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The 'Project' List

Boat getting hauled today so was looking at the project list to see what I should do before it gets too cold.

Now my crruent boat is now 12 years old, compared to my last that was 22 years old when I replaced it.

Turns out that there is nothing on my project list that really needs to be done. They are just small things I would like to change etc and none of them will get worst if they are never done. In fact the longer they go with not being done the less they will seem to be needed to me as I just get used to how they currently are.

This wasn't the way it was during the time I had my last older boat. It always had things that needed to be done or it was going to grow into a bigger issue. And I also realize that I never had to go to the boat in the middle of the week this year to fix something in order to be able to sail on the weekend.

Something to keep in mind and to be given higher worth when buying a boat - age. There is definitely a cost associated with getting an older boat that may be more that the price paid to buy the newer boat to begain with (except to those that really what to work n the boat more that use it).

I also bet there is a big unknown cost in an older boat if the last owner didn't take care of it that wouldn't become known for some time.
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Old 15-11-2011, 09:00   #2
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Re: The 'Project' List

Gosh Don,

I don't know if I could survive a NH winter without something challenging to do on the boat.
I have a problem with winter in BERMUDA
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my problem isnt with winter,but with summer, when is sooo hot nothing gets done......and the list grows, despite works in progress....
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Old 15-11-2011, 11:28   #4
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We only have bottom paint and a new transducer to install before heading south this year to Mexico. Our boat was built in '73 so it is definitely aged. I also have a million little jobs that would be "nice" but really don't make a difference in how the boat works (like a trimetric battery meter). All in all it feels good to be short on projects. Congrats!
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Boat getting hauled today so was looking at the project list to see what I should do before it gets too cold.

Now my crruent boat is now 12 years old, compared to my last that was 22 years old when I replaced it.

Turns out that there is nothing on my project list that really needs to be done. They are just small things I would like to change etc and none of them will get worst if they are never done. In fact the longer they go with not being done the less they will seem to be needed to me as I just get used to how they currently are.
Are you sure you haven't become apathetic? Once it's out of the water you may change your mind. On the bottom, start forward and work aft I'm sure something will jump out at ya! That leaking thruhull, or prop/shaft problems.
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Old 15-11-2011, 11:50   #6
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Re: The 'Project' List

Short project list: Check everything below the waterline and replace/repair as needed.
Just kiddin' and I'm glad you posted this because it just points out that regular upgrade and maintenance is the key to having a worry free boat whether it is new or old.

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my problem isnt with winter,but with summer, when is sooo hot nothing gets done......and the list grows, despite works in progress....
Damn! Wish I had that problem. I couldn't get my car doors open this morning due to the ice formation. The epoxy won't even cure until next March.
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Old 15-11-2011, 14:22   #8
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Gosh Don,

I don't know if I could survive a NH winter without something challenging to do on the boat.
I have a problem with winter in BERMUDA
winter in Bermuda.........tears starting to form in my eye for you .................................................. .................................................. ..........turned out to be dust

Maybe if it wasn't 75 minutes to drive to the boat, 20 minutes to drag an extension cord from somewhere to get power, hiting my head a few times as I crawl between the big trawler and the shed where the plugs are, getting the ladder and untying the cover, then by that time have to walk down to the restrooms to pee, all this is the cold. MAYBE then I would go down more offen and putter around in the boat till I I could break something, to then have a reason for going back again the next weekend to fix it.
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don--i thought ye just got the boat--- that should be reason enough to go to it every chance ye get....winter in mazatlan is spozed to be almost as bad as winter in bermuda-- but i am gonna go to somewhere south of banderas bay....or to banderas bay--z-town mebbe--really is a tough life...
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A boat without a project? That's obscene.

From the moment I bought the current boat there have always been projects stacked up, and I'm committed to one big project per year to get her ready. At first it was projects like installing the brackets for an emergency rudder, or building the solar bimini, installing the wind generator. Last year the boat was treated to a new walnut table for the saloon. This year she was given a set of dual racor filters to replace the single that came with the boat.

But there's always something the boat wants. Always . Next haul I'm thinking of putting in forward scanning sonar. And there's still the matter of SSB. And once I'm closer to retirement, there will be a watermaker.

Sheesh. I'm having a hard time imagining a boat without a project. Is that really possible?
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Put up a lot of firewood for the winter and while you watch it burn for 4 months, make up a list of what you want to do in April.
(been there, done that)
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My problem during the season is I do too much cruising, sailing, swimming, napping, staring and a little inbibing so not a lot of projects get done. Though in the spring I did have good intentions. I've decided that's just the way it is. Now that the boat is pulled for the winter I find I do get more productive. Today I installed a security/video camera on the boat. Install went faster than I thought it would. I'm waiting for a new USB com cable so I can check out the data recorder I installed on my 48 volt propulsion battery bank. Also want to install the new DC current meter at the helm. I have a propane alarm still in it's packaging for over a year. Hopefully that will be done by spring. There's a horn and Fogmate that needs to be installed too. I embrace the occassional warm days in winter to go check on the boat and get a few things done. It's all good.
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But there's always something the boat wants. Always .
There's needs .......... and then there's wants

I have another list for wants - "The Upgrade List"

Like any other "she wants" The Upgrade List sucks the money right out of my future.
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Damn! Wish I had that problem. I couldn't get my car doors open this morning due to the ice formatiohin. The epoxy won't even cure until next March.
Well Del if your dead in the water you can come over and help me with my cover. I might have it done by spring. Can't seem to get delivery on my material.
Besides, you need to stop working on that boat and go break something so you have something to work on.

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Well Del if your dead in the water you can come over and help me with my cover. I might have it done by spring. Can't seem to get delivery on my material.
Besides, you need to stop working on that boat and go break something so you have something to work on.

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Wish I could , but a few days ago my ex boss pulled me out of retirement (with $ome per$ua$ion). He needs me to build one more massive machine (40,000 lb) for grinding 36" ball valves (48+" ball). Just waiting to get the bulk of it into Lindmark Machine to get it started. This will pay for all my modern electronics.
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