We finally made it to the boat after our travels and are now working on unpacking all our gear, equipment and clothing that we brought down from the north. The most difficult part right now is trying to find space for all of it. Even after limiting ourselves to the rule of five for our clothing, we still seem to have brought way too much stuff and there just does not seem to be enough space for it all. We are also careful on where we are placing all our gear to avoid any potential mold/mildew areas. I’m sure by the end of the year, we will have it all figured out and sorted. I mean, I’ve already reorganized the galley three times in the last 2 days just trying to find space for all the kitchen gear and the little bit of food we have!! The best storage containers we have found to work well in the galley are the OXO containers. They come in different sizes, are airtight and fit perfectly in the tiny galley cupboards!
We have to admit though that the most exciting part about finally being on the boat is to see all the repair work that was done from last October’s refit. Blackline Marina dismantled and cleaned the mast; replaced all the rigging; installed new thru hulls (the original ones did not close); replaced the head and holding tank; installed a new macerator; removed and cleaned the staysail boom; replaced any old fittings on the mast and staysail boom; installed new foot blocks/clutches on the mast and added a lazy jack system. Everything looks great! We are very happy with the work that was done and our boat looks so much better. Of course like any older boat, there are still many projects that need to be completed to make it perfect; some are on the priority list and necessary for long-term sailing and others are on the wish list. We have devised a system (I love systems) to prioritize the list on what needs to be completed and what falls under the wish list. We refer to it as the A, B, C list. Anything that needs to be completed sooner than later due to safety reasons, structural integrity, repairs or replacement would fall under the A list (batteries; starter battery is dead and the others are on their last legs). Anything that are necessary but we can live without for a while is considered to fall into the B list (new water tanks as our boat still have the original stainless steel tanks). Of course, items in the B list might move to the A list due them failing or breaking. Anything else would fall into the C list and is considered low priority, like repainting the interior of the boat.
We are definitely looking forward to stowing away all our gear and enjoying some great sails around Vancouver Island! ~ Sophia & Rob