Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thirteen (things I need to fix on my boat) Thursday...

OK, so I see the Thursday Thirteen meme all over the blogosphere and now, for your reading pleasure are The Thirteen Things That Need Eventual If Not Immediate Fixing on Misty Rose:

1. My lack of a stove -- or something closely approximating a stove to replace my hated one-burner propane thing.

2. Installation of a refrigeration unit for my ice box (this should be on its way! Look for a separate post soon. You'll know it by the ecstatic overload of exclamation points and tons of pictures).

3. Installation of a shower -- as of now, lest you think poorly of me, I shower in the marina facility. If I install my shower and fix my hot water heater, I can shower in my own boat!

4. But only if I get an electric bilge pump. Until then, all shower water has to be pumped away by hand... My need for this is directly proportional to the number of sun showers I take and the the installation of a real shower.

5. Oiling the new cutting board that will fit over the sink and make more counterspace.

6. Remounting of the cabin light that hangs over my snack shelf -- I've screwed it in three times and it's clear I need longer screws, but I have a paranoia of, oh I don't know, screwing directly through the hull.

7. The salon cushions -- they seems to have odd lint. White lint. I have NO CLUE from whence it came or how to keep it from coming back. Man I hate lint.

8. Measuring and cost estimating an actual mattress (to replace a thin cushion) for my v-berth bed.

9. Another bleach cleaning for mold that has disturbingly grown back in some small crevices which shall remain nameless -- which I can't do until it stops raining and I can have the cabin open. I cannot work in an enclosed space with bleach or I will die. Seriously. Die.

10. Refinishing of the deck teak pieces which are a sad and dried-out grey.

11. De-gunking of my fresh water tank. It's growing seaweed. Why? Because it hates me.

12. Testing the engine compartment heater and looking into buying an oil heater, which my message board pal from Boston swears by in lieu of winterizing. In Boston. Huh.

13. The plastic inside porthole covers, which are cracking off their hinges (probably because they're 25 years old) and which fill, disturbingly, with water each time it rains. It's just a matter of time until that water wakes me up at 3 a.m. with a punch in the face. Which reminds me, I should add re-caulking and fiberglass hairline fracture-filling to the list.

What have we learned from this? Next to death and taxes, boat maintenance is right up there on the list of "Things That Are Sure."


  1. Wow, that is quite a list! As in a home (or a home boat) there are things that need to be done more immediately than others, but why is it the "others" are always easier to do?! I pray you get a stove, heater, shower and refridgerator quickly. It amazes me how much we rely on these "necessities" of life when in all reality, they are conveniences. Required conveniences :)

  2. They say that boats are like holes in the water where you throw money... and it's true! Thank you for your prayers, I very much appreciate them. :)

  3. How many things on this list could you have done in the time it took to write this post? I've done housework to procrastinate writing in the throes of writers block, but this is another story.

  4. Hey now, Mr. Smart Alec. If I did that it'd be cheating.

    But seriously? I couldn't have done any of that except oiling my cutting board in that time -- and I did that over the weekend (picture posting imminent). The problem is everything requires either stuff I don't have, someone not here to help me (my plumbing is getting better, for instance, but I don't trust myself to work alone).

    I am pretty much constantly at work and it never gets done. I'd say I do the equivalent of an hour a day on a boat that's probably smaller than your living room.

  5. Re #6. Perhaps instead of using longer screws what you need is screws that anchor differently. If I am thinking of this correctly you are screwing into fiberglass which then has an empty area sort of like drywall. Perhaps you should use the type of crews used in drywall that expand outward behind the wall to grab onto both sides of the surface and thus have greater strength without adding length.

  6. This is late but this was a long list. Come to think about it, it's a good idea to have a to-do list like this one particularly for boat repair. You can definitely focus on the important things because you know what to prioritize more. Anyway it's been months, I hope you have found everything you needed for your boat. Enjoy! _Delena @