For me, because I was on a very limited budget
, I bought a mostly functional project
boat. I ran into a few items with the systems:
-No running water, or water tank. Every time i filled it the water would leak into the bilge
-Heater was missing some plumbing
, had a few cold nights.
-Head was broken, had to walk to the marina bathrooms every time.
I had to learn to deal with these things until my budget
would allow me to fix them. I bought a space heater for the colder nights, a $13 plastic collapsible 5 gal water jug, and just deal with walking to the marina bathrooms. Lots of people do that anyway just to avoid pumping their boats out.
The worst for me was when it rained for three straight weeks. Every time opening the hatch
water coming in. I dont have a dodger
or anything. But my boat ran and I can sail it whenever I want, so every time i get to take her out it makes all of these other things worth while.
I wanted this so bad for so long, many of the problems dont even feel like problems. I know that they are temporary and just need some time to go away.
Also, Im not sure if you are a tidy organized person, but start practicing. There is absolutely no room on a boat to be messy. And the thought of having to clean the cabin
up so you can go out makes you stay in the slip on a lot of nice days. Get used to having less stuff, and keeping it "ship shape". No pun intended, I just now realize the reason for the saying.
another thing you will run into: Condensation
. There are a bajillion threads on combating the enemy of v-berths and locker puddles. fighting condensation
is an art and an every day thing.