So, rather than continue with the off-topic dribble which has filled this thread already, I will attempt to answer the OP.
Woke up this morning about 8 am, wandered up on deck
, looked down at the bottom, 2.5 m deep, could see the crab holes clearly on the bottom through the transparent water
, had a lazy piss off the transom and cast an eye around the bay to see if anything had changed. Looked pretty much the same as the night before but the sun was out and the solar panels
were already pumping 10A into the system.
Dove off the bow, swam about, thought of what we would do today - which maintenance
projects, which upgrade projects, schoolwork, etc. The neighbour shouted out a friendly greeting and invited me over so I swam across and hauled myself up his transom to see him and meet his new girlfriend. They kindly offered me a "Wake and Bake" which was definitely a new phrase for me.
Chewed the fat for a while with them and then I kicked off as net controller at 9ish from their boat. That led to a comment by me that there was a sailmaker
friend onboard our boat who was available, which of course led to a couple of enquiries. Of course the sailmaker
was still hungover, draped across our front tramps where he had slept the night before and he looked like he was contemplating a quick dip himself to return his brain to something more human. I don´t think he really appreciated the plug
I had given him over the net.
So the sailmaking stuff for our friend led to a couple of hours of opening up sails
on our front deck
and a beer
or two with other cruisers until we could get rid of everyone by about midday. We had to gently push them off, otherwise we would still be drinking with them now. Ya gotta watch out for the alcoholic cruisers! And that sometimes includes us...
Opened up the internet
, did a couple of hours of schoolwork with my son, made 200 litres of water
between 10 am and 2 pm, did a little work on a new cockpit
table and repairs
to the companionway
door. After a late lunch, we did some more boomerang throwing practice and didn´t scare too many people going past in their dinghies. We are getting better but still need more practice.
Had a quick snooze in the afternoon because of the effects of the previous nights activities. The sun went down over the entry to the bay, had dinner shortly after, played cards, bit of reading and then thought I would check out CF before hitting the sack.
And so another day draws to a close. Boat maintenance
is always part of it. Count on an hour or two a day on average. If you don´t do it everyday, it will pile up and you will still have to do it sometime. And the social life can be a killer unless you can control the friendly bastards on the other boats.