Sometimes it is a bit hard to come up with something even mildly interesting to say about this life, like now. Today is Friday of my third week of refilling the “cruising kitty”, an endeavor somewhat common among the “budget cruiser” members of the tribe. We count ourselves pretty lucky to have landed a gig were we can live on the boat, where work, shopping, laundry, and other necessities are near enough that bikes will do, where the work is interesting, and we have the chance to get Kintala some tender loving care as well.
Most of my life right now is easily summed up with three words, “I fix boats.” When I get done fixing boats, I go on to fix other boats. Once in a while I don't fix a boat so much as modify it a little. Upgrade a thing-a-ma-bob here, replace a do-hickey there. Sometimes the owner wants the old thing-a-ma-bob or do-hickey removed gracefully, without much butchering, so it can be listed on Ebay and help pay for the new thing-a-ma-bob or do-hickey. Seems a bit odd to me, given the shop rates. I'm pretty sure the extra time it takes to carefully unstring an entire wiring harness to release various connectors without them being damaged, will pretty rapidly chew up the profits of an Ebay sale. But hey, as the saying goes, “Not my circus, not my monkeys.”
Actually, that is the unofficial saying of those of us out in the yard. The official saying of those in the front office is, “Whatever the Customer wants, we will do our best to provide.” And really, in an off-hand kind of way I feel the same. For, the thing is, I fix boats. The work is the work, my only goal to do it as professionally as possible. Which means get it done right while getting it done efficiently. (If one only cares about getting it done right, one is likely enjoying a hobby and not trying to make a living. A cool thing, but not really a “pro”. If one only cares about getting it done efficiently, one is likely a huckster. A not so cool a thing, and certainly not a “pro”.) So, if the job is to spend a couple of extra hours carefully removing something, carefully removing the something is what I'll do.
Sometimes, when I'm not fixing a boat, I am doing the most routine of routine maintenance on a boat; changing oil, filters, light bulbs, or impellers. The kind of thing that, for the most part, those in my part of the cruising tribe do themselves without much thought. Certainly without much thought of paying someone else to do it for them.
So maybe my filling-the-cruising-kitty life isn't that much different than my cruising life. As a cruiser I spent most of my time fixing A boat, while occasionally helping out with some other boat. Now I spent most of my time fixing other boats.
While occasionally doing a little work on this boat.
I fix boats.
|Some of the boats being worked on in my day|
|Our friends Robert and Rhonda leaving for Rio Dulce|