I can’t think of any other reason for why they pick such damn complicated Halloween costumes year after year. Starting in September each year, I ask them what they would like to be, and give them a deadline when they need to have a final […]
Month: October 2017
I love meat. At least, I used to. I was always one of those people that said “I could never be vegetarian, I like meat too much”. I said it for years. Tyson had been vegetarian before we started dating, and then slowly starting eating […]
So we bought a sailboat. Yay. Her name is Intrepid, and she is a 1973 Catalina 27. We love her.
Along with our love though, we have discovered that boats come with a MASSIVE learning curve. I have grown up around boats my whole life, but those were power boats, not huge 7000lb sailboats. There have been things that I thought I would know, simply because I have spent so much time around them, but more and more, I realize that my dad did most of the work on our boats, and I don’t know squat. But we are learning.
Here is what we have learned, so far. The list is constantly growing.
If you are replacing ANYTHING take the part you are replacing with you to the store so you can make sure that you have the right size.
Make sure your replacement part fits, before you throw the old one away, otherwise you will be going dumpster diving.
Don’t attempt projects on a holiday weekend, and a Sunday, in Utah. EVERYTHING will be closed, and you will waste a lot of time wandering around to different stores to find parts, and cursing at each one as you find they aren’t open.
Stay even further away from the “danger ” buoys than you think you will need to. Double it at least.
Remove any and all ropes from your trailer BEFORE trying to pull the boat onto the trailer. Otherwise you might end up with a really big part of the trailer getting caught and dropped into the depths of the lake and have to order a new one to be fabricated.
Driving 60 miles on the freeway with a 7000lb boat is the most intense and scary experience.
Bruises all over your legs are part of your daily life, cause you are constantly bumping stuff and crawling in tight spaces. Accept it.
Adjust the idle jets.
There will be more and more I am sure. We are still learning. Some things we learn by making mistakes. Some we learn by watching other sailors. Some we learn from Google.
Boat ownership is the most frustrating and fulfilling thing. You may want to pull your hair out multiple times a day, but it is all worth it when you are able to hoist those sails for the first time and feel the wind propelling you through the water. There is nothing else quite like it.
Before we get going at all, we need a disclaimer/notice/PSA: When you are working with anything that is burning, in an enclosed space (such as a boat), make sure you have plenty of ventilation, and a carbon monoxide detector. Don’t be stupid. Don’t be dead. […]