So far, so good. No regrets whatsoever. Sure, thereīs been some issues but to every problem thereīs at least 2 solutions. I mentioned in an earlier post that my main concern would be to fit the winter fishing gear
in the boat, when that time comes.. well, at least I managed to fit the sumer gear
: 3 rod bags, 20+ rods, 2 rod pods, bite alarms tent etc etc for now, and the winter gear is stored with my sister in her house so when the time comes, Iīll just swap oen season for another
Also, Iīm looking for a "cock pit tent" (Unknown word for me, but I hope you know what I mean by that. I found one, and picture will come later on) The starboard side roof now has the 6 most used rods hanging in place. Fitted them with velcro so they stay in place but simple to detach. Next thing to get will be a genoa furler
. Will save a lot of place if I donīt have to keep a lot of "sheets" on board. Iīll settle for a big furling genoa
, and store the other sails
at my sisters house.
For every day that passes, I get more and more convinced this is the life for me. Since I got the boat Iīve slept one night in a bed
ashore. Surprisng how fast you adapt: I couldnt sleep at all, just laid there waiting for a wave to give me a gentle swing. Missed the characteristic sound of water
against the hull
, sea gulls doing their thing etc. Felt a bit like I imagine a junkie will feel when out of shots.. restless and irritable.
There arenīt many "must doīs" these days. Some looking after the boat oc, and still a lot of stuff to be done before the fall comes but those are not so much a must do as it is a want to do. In comparison to living in the house.... I never liked the taking care of things with a house.. nowadays I can just say:
Yesterday I mowed the lawn.... NOT
Yesterday I brushed the garage floor... NAAAAH
Tomorrow I have to start repainting the house... OOOOH NOPE
Rather: I think Iīll go out on my "veranda" and have a beer
while I try to catch some perch for lunch, or.. I think Iīll step outside for a bath.
To put it short: Can life get better? The kids
love the idea and the only "problem" is that so far I have barely had a weekend for myself. They come and go as they please and all I do is get back to the marina every friday efternoon and thereīs at least one of them wating eagerly. Prior to the descision this was one of my biggest fears.. that theyīd prefer to stay at home. Oh well, winter is yet to come and I hope they wont think itīs too complicated when the snow and ice is here.
Most complicated so far is doing the dishes. I like to cook. With cooking
comes pots and pans. If I make a 3 course meal the galley
(the whole inside of the boat really) looks like one huge dishing machine.. I like to cook, but I HATE to do the dishes.. but since I havenīt come around to do a service lift
to put in a thru hull
connector for fresh water
from the lake, itīs more the rinsing thatīs a problem. One sink, but no running water (except drinking water
, but I donīt want to use that). Another point to add to the list of to-doīs before it gets too cold to rinse the dishes by leaning overboard