Its been nearly two years now since we have seen the protection of a real marina. Bumping from one place to the next we easily find semi protected moorage but winter has taken its toll on Sookie so its time for a little cosmetic surgery.
Its a hard knock life for cursing boats but a little “read a lot” of elbow grease will have them new and shiny ready for another year of bashing around this inland Sea. It was Captain Leah my first real sailing instructor who taught me that there is no such thing as cosmetic maintenance on a boat, everything is structural. Oiling our bulwarks and cover boards gives them a nice piratey look but also protects the soft layers of teak and keeps our bungs sealed so no leaks on this boat.
Varnish looks snappy and gives a real classic feel to our new teak boomkin and taff-rail but it also protects that wood from a constant assault of dog claws, dropping winch hands, foot traffic, flailing mainsheet blocks and the just plain anarchy that ensues in the cockpit.
Wax makes our old gel coat shine like a new boat on opening day but also protects the gel coat and fiberglass beneath it. It also makes cleaning the boat easier and just plan looks pretty at sunset when you can see your refection in it.
Clean lines last longer as does periodically rinsed anchor chain and annually cleaned and polished standing rigging. Sookie isn’t just our home, she is also our calling card. I might bitch and groan every spring when its time to get on my hands and knees and scrub from bow to stern but an almost cold beer at the end of a hard days work is the perfect excuse to sit back and admire the fruits of our labor.
Every time I think I want a bigger boat which is often all I have to do is take a look at Sookie and her perfectly maintained simple clean lines. She is the largest yacht I can afford to maintain not just financially but physically. Now where did I put that beer?
“Time is a created thing. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.”
― Lao Tzu