1. Our expectations for outfitting Smart Move were unrealistic, both in time to complete and the amount of money
2. The definition of manana -- something I had to re-learn weekly for the first four months. We did a major re-fit, including but not limited to, new standing rigging
, new thru-hulls, new plumbing
, new sails
, lots of new electronic gadgets (hubby likes them) -- but no aesthetic stuff (a hard thing for two architects!).
3. Every boat project
starts by moving everything out of the space you are working in. Then you will, most likely, have to dismantle part of the boat to get to the area you need to work in. Also, that area will not have enough head
room and you will not be standing, sitting, or laying on a level surface and the platform will be moving. Finally, all of the stuff that you just took out has to go somewhere that will not be in the way.
4. Every boat project
requires two or more trips to West Marine
or Home Depot (or both) while in process. I really do not know why hubby cannot plan this better at the start. This does not include finding unforeseen conditions while dismantling things to start the project, that will add additional trips!
5. Our shakedown cruise
at the end of December showed me I am way more resourceful that I believed and showed me I am pretty good at problem solving and being able to step back and re-look at a situation when the first solution isn't working. It was very empowering, abet frustrating, but a huge confidence booster.
6. Cats do get seasick.
7. I need to get way more creative about where to store provisions. After storing the staples, I have only really provisioned for two weeks at a time. I love our Bene, but storage
is in short supply with a shallow bilge
. I think I need to step back and re-look at the situation, but I am in a rut right now.
8. I am embarrassed to admit this one -- being 'Little Miss Organized' -- but I am starting to loose things in the boat. I lost
my watch for two weeks. I lost
two new temperature probes for the refrigerator
, we had to order two more, I still have not found them. I started so well ... I had a spread sheet cross-referenced to a plan of the boat that I was listing what was where -- then we started the boat projects ...
9. Finally, our two cats are slobs! Not in the litter box way, they are very neat there, but with their food
. I would swear they were much neater in the house, but then maybe it was because it was bigger and I just didn't see the small stuff.
I love this new life and look confidently to the challenges it will throw at me! I love sharing this with my best friend and the love of my life that shares this dream. I have never worked harder (physically) in my life, most days when I go to bed
every muscle in my body aches from the boat projects we are still completing, but I have never been happier in my life.
Life is full of curve balls --instead of heading down island in the Eastern Caribbean
as planned, in two weeks we will take the boat back to Puerto Rico
and have it hauled out as we head
back to Utah for three months while we await the births of two new grandsons. Our twin daughters are both due, about six weeks apart! Our dream will really start on July 1 when we return to Puerto Rico
and head down island planning to be in Grenada
by September 1. New challenges await as I really see if I am the weather
nerd I think I am! Of course we may also see if 'Little Miss Planner's' plans for a hurricane
and the contingency plan and contingency plan for the contingency plan work out as expected. If not, I have discovered I can be very resourceful and hubby is too.