This morning, my first official day of unemployment, Brian and I woke up early for a quick project review in the salon. It turns out that boat projects and software/curriculum development work pretty much the same way, and I’ll be looking forward to daily scrum for some much-needed structure and teamwork as I deal with workplace withdrawal. We’ve got a lot to do before we leave at the end of the month, and that list will surely grow before it starts shrinking.
Not that it’s been all sailing and happy hours for the last three months. We’ve been pretty good about fitting in after-hours projects, all summer long. Here is a photo summary of our top seven projects from the past three months:
- Repaint aft cabin
2. Replace old throttle
3. Replace old Ideal windlass with a new Lewmar windlass (the machinery that raises and lowers the anchor)
4. New ground rigging (25 kg Rocna anchor and 250 ft of 3/8 inch steel chain)
5. Galley sink replacement
6. Portlight shades project (still in progress)
7. Removing old name from the transom
I should also mention that in addition to these top seven projects, we’ve also removed two outdated heads (toilets) and installed an Airhead composting toilet and a Jabsco air-lock toilet in their place, reconfigured the anchor locker to accommodate all that new chain, installed a new hose and handheld sprayer for the aft head shower, replaced 80% of the old lights with LEDs, updated the steering pedestal with new electric outlets with USB ports to power our iPad (which we use for navigation), updated the sound system, added digital monitors for the fridge temperature and battery levels, and successfully changed the oil in the injector pump (a big deal for two people who haven’t owned cars since college).
Don’t worry though, we’re still taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures of boat life…