When we chose a commuter cruiser lifestyle, I had no idea how hard the transitions would be. I love each phase of our lifestyle so much that when it comes time to transition from one to the next, I’m always depressed. Even though I’m looking forward to our out west adventures in the travel trailer, I’m bummed to be leaving the boat in a few days. Really bummed.
We’ve chosen to haul the boat this year and leave it on the hard to dry out the bottom before new barrier coat and bottom paint. And as long as we’re in the yard, we’re getting estimates on lots of other projects … and getting some stuff checked for safety – like the seacocks, rudder post and cutlass bearing. As well as getting the leaky seals in the transmission fixed. Ugh, no fun stuff.
But if there’s any money left over in the budget, we’ll look at getting our refrigerator box rebuilt with lots of insulation and no air leaks – when we redid it ourselves, it improved greatly, but there’s still air getting in because it’s frosting up too quickly. I’d love to have it rebuilt … and maybe even a Frigoboat compressor installed (in addition to the Adler Barber) just to make sure both boxes cool better. 🙂
In the meantime, we getting ready to be hauled out … ugh ugh and ugh. So our usual list of prioritized departure projects has been updated. If you’re looking for a starting point to develop a haul out and store the boat during hurricane season checklist, here’s ours. I won’t say enjoy, because I’m still bummed about leaving….
If you have other stuff to add, please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan