21. That is the number of months we have not had a boat in the water. We miss the feel of the ocean, the gentle rocking that puts us to sleep at night. The moments of absolute calm and the moments of absolute terror. The fresh air, the sunrises and the sunsets. The closeness to nature. Being in tune with the tides. The list goes on and on.
Typically I hate furniture shopping. It always seems like a chore that requires too much energy to complete. Colours and patterns and materials and quality and size and shape and will it fit through the door and will the neighbours like it and on and on.
But. I have to say I am a little excited for tomorrow. In effect we are going furniture shopping. Or to be more precise, furniture shopping is coming to us. We have arranged for a local company to come down to Akupara tomorrow to take measurements, create patterns, discuss colours, material, style etc for all of the new interior cushions and mattresses.
Yes I know we still have a lot of other projects to complete but as the cushions and mattresses are custom made and will take a while to manufacture and we may have a change of the overall plan, we decided to get a start on it. And if they are ready before we are, they can be brought home and stored until they are needed where they will be safe and sound.
We also plan on breaking this up into several steps in order to spread out the cost as much as possible.
So yes typically I hate furniture shopping but this time it is for Akupara and boat stuff is always fun!!
Our first sailboat had one of those potable plastic camping toilets.
All of our other sailboats had proper marine heads but they were all compact. It would be an understatement to say they are uncomfortable.
Yesterday I purchased 2 brand new heads that are full size. Ahhh the luxury.
I have set them in place temporarily just to see how they fit until the heads have been remodelled as well.
There is a certain type of person that is attracted to old boats. There is a certain type of person who is attracted to the idea of restoring old boats. There is a certain type of person who dreams of someday cutting the dock lines and sailing off into the sunset. When you take these three types of personalities and you combine them all together, you end up with one of a couple of different sub types of person. You have the doer’s, the dreamers, and the derelicts.
The doers are the ones who no matter what, find an old boat, fix as much as possible and then take off.
The dreamers are the ones who no matter what, find an old boat, continue fixing it for as long as they own the damn thing and never leave.
And finally you have the derelicts who no matter what, find an old boat, start fixing it, figure they can do everything on the cheap, lose interest, lose money, probably end up divorced, move onto their boat, eventually the boat begins to sink and they end up on the hard where they continue to hoard others cast offs. The decks continue to be accumulate detritus with new “treasures” appearing often, the hull grows a great colour of green, the rust settles in, the strawberry plants are in planters around the keel, and there are 101 different projects on the go that will never see completion.
I think every marina in the world must have all of these types of people.
The sad part is that in Akupara’s current marina/workyard, as in most I would suspect, this class distinction is completely evident in the order of the boats placement in the yard. The boats nearest the gate stand the highest likelihood of ever returning to the water, and the boats closest to the back fence, well let’s just say, if they do not burn down, get crushed by another derelict when it finally falls over, or the owner dies onboard one cold winter night, will probably never move again.
Akupara was moved by the yard and was placed at the very back of the work yard. We are not happy. As a matter of fact, we are very insulted. And, to add to that, we are now very worried about Akupara’s safety. In all seriousness, the back of the yard has quite a few undesirable characters to say the least.
Now I will admit that we have been unable to get down to Akupara recently as I have been extremely sick since coming back from Ontario and I will also admit that we have purposely not completed any work on Akupara’s exterior, but to move us back to where the derelicts live is a wee bit insulting. We thought we were making good progress for the most part.
There is one positive thing that has come out of this. And that is a renewed sense of focus to getting Akupara back in the water as soon as possible.
As Captain, I have cancelled all shore leave going forward. The entire crew will be on deck both Saturday’s and Sunday’s until we are able to launch. If you are suffering from a cutlass wound to your right arm, that is fine, I will reduce your workload, as your left arm will still function and there are a lot of one handed jobs that need to be completed.
We need to get serious again and we knew that before discovering that Akupara had been moved. This is just a big enough kick in the ass to drive the point home.
We are now re-evaluating our plans to determine if there is a quicker way back into the water and will probably have work to complete once we launch, but it is better than leaving her where she is as all of our hard work could be stolen, destroyed or otherwise ruined by the locals.
Well it has been a rough couple of weeks. I had to fly to Sudbury Ontario on short notice 2 weekends ago and then promptly came back and got sick. Not sure if I caught it in the hospital in Sudbury, on the plane, or from the kids but it has certainly taken the wind out of my sails. 2 weekends missed now. Hopefully I will be better for this coming weekend.