All in a DAY’S Work…or is it YEAR’S?

the list

WARNING! The following list may create a strong desire to never become a boat owner, EVER! Dreamers of the cruising lifestyle, BEWARE!

S/V YOLO To-Do List (as of 1/29/2014)

  • Clean interior
  • Scrub/clean headliner
  • Polish/Oil interior wood
  • Sand and varnish bright work
  • Clean cockpit and lazarettes
  • Unjam mainsail and remove
  • Replace mainsail furling line
  • Remove jib from roller furler
  • Re-secure inner forestay
  • Give away or sell unwanted articles left on boat by PO
  • Remove old electronics
  • Sell old electronics on Ebay
  • Remove and toss trash compactor (YES, this boat came with one)
  • Determine repairs necessary to forward head
  • Service aft head
  • Purchase and install lifeline netting
  • Clean and lube all winches
  • Extend bimini frame for Matt’s height
  • New canvas for bimini – color TBD
  • New canvas/isinglass for dodger
  • Recover cockpit cushions – color TBD
  • Repair foredeck  soft spot
  • Repaint topdecks
  • Repair transom crack
  • Apply new nonskid on deck
  • Buff and wax hull
  • New waterline boot stripe – color TBD
  • Sand Bottom
  • Apply Barrier coat
  • Apply new anti-fouling
  • Fix forward head
  • Service Genoa
  • Inventory sails
  • Purchase new mainsail
  • Replace all running rigging lines
  • Inspect proper bedding of all deck hardware
  • Remove “Wanderbird” name and hailing port
  • Remove “Wanderbird” wooden plaque on both sides of bow
  • Get artwork done for “YOLO” and hailing port
  • Apply new “YOLO” graphic to transom
  • Service dinghy outboard
  • Remove flat screen TV from bar area
  • Determine serviceability of dinghy
  • Purchase new fenders
  • Look for boat hook, purchase new if necessary
  • Inventory life jackets and other PFD’s
  • Replace flare inventory
  • Replace centerboard pendant lines, if necessary
  • Re-glass centerboard pin pivot
  • Service engine
    • Change all fluids
    • Replace all belts
    • Replace all filters
    • Replace zincs
    • Check hoses and clamps
  • Service genset
    • Change all fluids
    • Replace all belts
    • Replace all filters
    • Replace zincs
    • Check hoses and clamps
  • Service prop
  • Inspect/replace cutlass bearing?
  • Replace shaft zinc
  • Replace rudder zinc
  • Inspect/clean water tanks
  • Inspect/polish fuel and fuel tanks
  • Service all thru-hull valves
  • Inspect and lube steering quadrant and chain
  • Lube rudder posts?
  • Inspect and service watermaker
    • Replace filter/o-rings?
  • Replace fresh water filter under sink
  • Service/replace manual foot pump in galley
  • Replace hasps and locks on both companion ways
  • Polish all stainless steel on deck
  • Re-install and rewire all four solar panels on bimini once bimni extension and canvas complete
  • Service/clean/lube windlass
  • Inspect anchor/hardware and chain/rode
  • Polish and clean stainless and glass on all port lights
  • Lube/replace boom battcars for furler outhaul
  • Inspect all cabin lights and replace bulbs as necessary
  • Get light fixture info to convert to LED bulbs
  • Test sound system and service as necessary
  • Build starboard cutting board/sink cover
  • Clean sea chest and other strainers
  • Install isolation valves to sea chest
  • Inspect fresh water pump
  • Replace fresh water accumulator with larger tank
  • Inspect/recertify liferaft
  • Inspect all fans, replace as necessary
  • Replace MOB pole?
  • Inspect all exterior navigation lights on mast and topsides. Eventually replace with LED
  • Purchase and install Wirie WIFI antenna booster
  • Redesign/repair cockpit table
  • Test bilge pumps and alarms
  • Purchase EPIRB
  • Test manual whale bilge pump
  • AIS?
  • Troubleshoot erroneous depth sounder in cockpit
  • Consider self-steering gear – Hydrovane?
  • Remove obsolete instruments on cockpit binnacle
  • Wrap steering wheel with paracord
  • Clean and detail engine room
  • Install engine room sound insulation
  • Purchase 1-2 VHF handhelds
  • Dinghy wheels
  • Dinghy anchor?
  • Jerry cans for diesel, gas, and water
  • Determine battery bank condition, replace if necessary

This list was, purposely, not numbered to avoid self-induced panic. Also, there is NO specific order of importance. We now see why some people require 3-5 years to get their boat “ready” for extended liveaboard cruising. Now, to be fair to this list, many of these items will be a quick inspection, cleaning, etc. Most of these will be DIY. However, there are a fair number of big jobs that will require professional attention, labor, parts, and wait for it…MONEY. To the uninitiated, BOAT is actually an acronym for “BREAK OUT ANOTHER THOUSAND.” A little clichéd but not far from the truth. We met some fellow cruisers during our last visit to San Carlos. They have coined the term “Boat Unit,” where 1 Boat Unit = $1,000. When they had to replace their engine, the cost was only 13 Boat Units. Not so bad, right?

We will be on board YOLO tomorrow and our next post will update the progress of…(insert dramatic horror music here)…”THE LIST.” Oh, and probably some new items we have yet to encounter.

jimricecat

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