To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

That Pressure-Cooker Feeling

After wrestling with Mr. Lehman, I have a residual feeling of "omigod omigod omigod what am I supposed to be doing now!?!?"

Wait just one second.

Take a breath.

Check the list.


The answer is…

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip point doo-doo.

It's not absolutely zero, but it's more like nothing pressing.

The list includes lower-priority things like the following:

Add GFCI outlets. Why? Our insurance company demands a survey every five years. Most everything is ship-shape except the outlets. The boxes may not be big enough for these larger outlets. So we may need new boxes, too. The good news is that there are only two circuits involved, so two outlets will cover all the bases. One outlet in each circuit must be a GFCI and the others must be on the "load" side of that one outlet.

Get a 15" x 23" piece of ¼" Masonite countertop to make a new frame around the galley sink. Why? The sink we have doesn't fit the countertop opening. There are chunks of (thin) cutting board framing up the wrong-sized hole. They cutting-board stuff is falling apart.

I have to install another USB charger outlet usable from the cockpit. Why? It will allow us to run the Dual XGPS and the iPad from the cockpit without worrying about battery life and the need to recharge. Nothing more awkward that needing to refer to the backup charts on the iPad and finding that the iPad battery or the XGPS has died.

The all-hands-on-deck panic mode of an engine not running is past. It's time to catch our breath.

One higher-priority concern is our range light doesn't work. That means two trips up the mast: one to survey the problem and then another to replace the light.

I've also got to look at the bent piece of steel that covers the "bang rail" on the starboard side. That's a real sheet-catcher that can interfere with sailing. Fixing that steel is a complex and unpleasant task: it involves somehow filling the fractured wood with epoxy and then straightening and reattaching the old steel. Or replacing the bent metal. Doing the epoxy work is a right awkward task while afloat.

These are things to think about. Slowly.