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The real question after living on a glorious Baba 30 for 3 weeks is do I have 2 foot itis. The only honest answer I can give is no, ok yes, ok yes and no. Let the torture continue, my personal record living in the boatyard is 798 days doing a complete top to bottom rebuild on my previous boat. I’m hoping to cut that one short by about 790 days.
Poor little skokie had a long hard summer followed by a long hard winter and she is showing it. The hardest part is I just finished on one boat and now I’m back to square one. The difference is that Sookie is so small that she is about a third the work.
I have unwrapped her, plugged in the battery charger, filled her portable water tanks and am moving aboard bit by bit. I was really curious how she would feel after being on what can only be described as an aircraft carrier compared to her. I can’t actually discern any size difference. When it comes down to it, her v-berth is larger, her galley is the same size. Her quarter berths are larger and she has two large chart tables rather than the one on the Baba. The real difference is that on the Baba I could carry a full years worth of supplies rather than just 3 or 4 months worth on the FC
Its amazing how little work she is to take care of and clean up after such a brutal winter. When it really comes down to if I had kids or a wife or both I might need a larger boat but for just me and the dog plus one she is perfect, easy to sail, easy to maintain and just the right size for me and my needs. It feels good to be home.
I’ve got a lot of projects on my list but they are all small. I had the bottom taped sanded, scrubbed and ready to go in about an hour and a half. One gallon of paint will go far and beyond a single coat and takes almost no time. Her last coat with West Marine Gold Plus lasted two and a half years and was still near perfect when we pulled her out.
My wood needs a quick scrub but with at least 5 or 6 coats of oil already on will be easy and amazingly beautiful after nothing more that a quick bath.
I had planned on taking her down to her barrier coat and re applying since it is very old but as usual my budget wouldn’t allow for it so she will have to go another year. I don’t really need to re-coat unless I sail her to the tropics and thats not on this years agenda so all is good. Money is not only tight but non existent but it doesn’t matter. As always when I get paid I invest in the boat and she has everything she needs aboard to be ship shape, she is like a mini chandler. All I have to do is go shopping in her lockers and I can find everything I need. You can’t really appreciate how much a little boat like this will hold till you do something like lose your ships papers which is exaclty how I spent the better part of the day. 3 hours turned up nothing but eventually they found their way home.
With just a little bit of care and feeding she will be back to her old self. Sookie is my home, personal transport, my job, my bank, my marine hardware store, my grocery store and most importantly the most fun you can have in this world with you clothes on, not that I condone wearing clothes on a boat, or anywhere for that matter.
He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough. ~Lao Tzu