Waiting for Spring…

Outboard Service

Last year I spent $700 getting my outboard professionally serviced. This year I saved about $600 doing it myself.

Waiting… waiting… waiting…

Five months to go. I’ve decided to move my departure date to the beginning of May, as opposed to the beginning of June. That will give me time to make any last minute modifications to the boat before taking off. It’s also much easier to get excited about five months instead of six. At this point, in the depth of winter and discontent, I need all the psychological tricks I can pull.

The cold weather and early darkness is slowing progress to a crawl. I so badly want to continue improvement on the engine compartment. In October I removed the defunct inboard engine. Now I need to scrub the engine compartment, reposition the battery bank, mount the generator and battery charger, install a new propane tank, and plumb the inboard gas tank to the outboard.

All those plans were stymied when my engines started acting up – both of them. The outboard on Solace began to idle rough, even sputtering to a stop on occasion, telling me that it needed servicing. Last weekend the dingy outboard sputtered and died, giving all the signs of water in the fuel.

Both engines have been serviced and are running great again. But now I’m scrambling to fix my boat shower, as I’m about to lose my land-based one. I normally do laundry and take showers at Ken and Sherrie’s house, but they will be moving at the end of the month.

Shower Repair

I’ve build up the walls of the floor in the head in order to allow shower water to drain better.

Despite these delays, I know I just need to take a deep breath and be patient. I shouldn’t have any trouble getting all these tasks done in the next five months. I just can’t do them in the order I want.

Financially, my savings are right on track. I should have nearly a years worth of living expenses saved up before I leave. I expect to spend less than $800 per month this summer while traveling, so the majority of this money will be to cover me in case I have trouble finding work next fall. If fortune smiles upon me and I land a good job quickly, I’ll put that money towards my debt.

Speaking of financial defense, after much hoop-jumping I finally have full-coverage insurance on Solace through BoatUS. Should calamity strike me this year, I won’t be homeless for long. The insurance will provide money to purchase an equivalent boat. This is a huge load off my mind. Nearly sinking showed me how quickly and easily misfortune can happen.

And so I continue my waiting and work. Each day after work I try to put in two hours of effort towards my to-do list of boat modifications. These chores require a lot of labor, but little money, helping me to save and keeping my mind occupied on these long, dark nights.

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One Response to “Waiting for Spring…”
  1. Five/six months of waiting to go on a cruise is not so bad. Think of all the people who wait the same time for nothing.
    Speaking of “winter of discontent,” I’ve never understood people who “say” they like winter. Winter curtails life. Living in Portugal, I have never missed the cold and snow, not once.
    Look forward to read about you next summer adventure.

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