My how time flies. As of today this blog has been around for 3 years. I haven’t accomplished anything major with it, but I’ve kept in touch with family and friends, and made new ones (like “Curtis in Alaska” and the “Stingy Sailor”). I’ve done almost 200 posts and had them read almost 13,000 times.
I thought this blog was going to be about restoring my first sailboat, but it’s turned out to be more about things I’m interested in and what I’m up to. (Which has MOSTLY been sailing)
I wound up selling that first boat, and have been given 3 more. I gave one of those away, and the other two of which are in the process of repair in my garage.
I’ve long been a person that likes to do things myself, and I consider “puttering” in the garage and drinking beer a fun afternoon. It’s even more fun when a boat is involved. Jobs, moves, work and sailing have all colluded to keep me out of the garage. The thought of taking something to a professional has always been like admitting defeat. There is the cost to consider as well, you can pay to get one job done, or get the parts and supplies and do many more by using your own labor.
Unfortunately, I’ve reached a point in both boats where I don’t think I can proceed without help. I’m also working 2 jobs and starting a web related business. I will have less time this winter than I’ve had this summer (But about the same as last winter). If I don’t do something different, nothing is going to change and I won’t ever have a boat. So now it’s time for a change.
So here is what I’m going to do:
- Give away the Sunfish. I am keeping the trailer and am considering modifying it to hold 2 sunfish and just buying them in working condition.
- Get professional help on the Catalina 22 to
- Get the Keel weldments fiberglassed in
- Patch a hole in the deck where a cleat was ripped out
- Sand and paint the bottom.
- Refinish the Catalina 22 Keel myself (probably in the spring)
- Do the rest of the Catalina 22 repairs as soon as possible
So stay tuned, but don’t hold your breath for me to be sailing my own boat. I will, however, be doing other interesting (to me) stuff which of course I’ll write about here.
Part of what slowed me down was twisting my ankle while jogging. That was 5 weeks ago and I’m just now walking without aid. I hated using crutches so I got myself an iWalk 2.0 peg leg, which is pretty nice in that you can carry things in your hands, and beats crutches by a long mile, but still isn’t as great as being healthy.
So naturally I was a pirate for Halloween. Mrs. CapnRehab was my pirate wench!
See the parrot? That bird is going sailing with me someday.