Today, however, I’m going to talk about hard work. Everyone’s mental picture of sailing is that it’s a sublime existence of floating from beautiful island to beautiful island. There is that of course! But the reality is that it takes a lot of hard work. I’ll talk more about the sailing in later posts, for now I’m engaged in a giant maintenance mission to get Skimpy shipshape for the trip starting in 2 days time.
Things on boats break all the time, the salt water just destroys everything. And especially if a boat has been left unused for 5 months! It’s a funny thing how machines stop working if they are not used, is it physics or is it lack of love? Either way it’s been a busy busy couple of days cleaning everything (partially done), fixing an engine (not yet), fixing an outboard (done!), changing propeller nuts (done!), toilet maintenance (not looking forward to that one), scraping barnacles off the bottom (done!), filling with diesel (done!), filling with water (not yet), buying food (tomorrow), filling with petrol (apparently the town has sold out!! Ahhhhh), varnishing wood (almost there), putting on the sails (tomorrow), installing new stereo (essential for safety) … that’s just what comes to mind at the moment. And of course things don’t always go according to plan. What should take 5 minutes takes an hour because of a complication, rarely it’s the opposite!
All in all though, as busy as I am, my heart is singing right now. I’d be rather doing this than anything else in the world. I’d rather be sitting on my boat in a crowded harbor in Indonesia than being anywhere else in the world. This is my dream, this is my passion, doing this hard work is compelling and fulfilling.
But enough dribbling for today, I've got to re-attach the engine transmission so that we can head off in search of paradise.