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Brandon Gonzalez

Maintenance

Some Boat Work

When does it end?

   Some say that buying a boat is nothing but a money pit. Well, I would tend to disagree with that statement. While yes, boat parts are ridiculously priced, the truth about buying a boat is that it isn't a money pit. It is a sanity pit. I cannot tell you how many times that I have started one project to only move on to the next. How many boaters out there agree with me? While working on a project it seems that I always find something else that needs to be fixed. In a way I hate it, but at the same time, what's there not to love about working on something that brings your happiness?

How a starter turned into a heat exchanger.

   This story is funny because it takes place in the middle of a million other little projects that I had going on. I have continually building a list of projects for my boat as I have been spending far too much time away from this place that is supposed to be my happy spot. Here is an example of my list prior to beginning my work, keep in mind it is just a brief summary of what needs to be done. Boat work is constant, am I right?

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Weeping Heat exchanger.

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Bilge that is filling up.

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Portholes and hatches that leak.

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Canvas that needs to be treated.

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Generator maintenance.

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Battery replacement.

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Among many others...

What a week and a half did to my list.

   I have been struggling for months to work on the previous list that you just read, but I never got anywhere with it. Well, This last week and a half I did. I found that the more time I spent down there, the more efficient I was at actually completing a task and moving on to the next.  I hit a few speed bumps, and I will talk about that momentarily, but for now I want to talk about what I actually accomplished! I would love to know what you would like to hear more about, so feel free to contact me!

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Repaired and installed heat exchanger.

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Attempted to repair then replaced end caps for heat exchanger.

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Installed new starter.

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Fixed wiring issues on new starter.

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Cleaned all bilges.

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Replaced some running rigging.

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Cleaned all glass and plastics.

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Replaced the last 2 house batteries.

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Painted interior.

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Polished stainless steel.

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Scrubbed and cleaned boat exterior, as well as waxing.

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Had rudder and prop cleaned.

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Climbed mast and cleaned spreaders.

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Cleaned Anchor Davit

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And a few others..

Yes, I could talk about this list forever and go into detail about the troubles I found with each one, but I will save that for later. I really just want you to see how a little diligence and a little extra time can go a long way. Do not feel stressed and troubled like I did. Do not feel like you cant get anything accomplished. Take the time you need and start working. The more you do, the better you feel and the more productive you become. Lists can be painful to look at sometimes, do not let that hold you back! Coming up in later posts, I will talk about how I did this, and how much money I saved by doing it myself. Until next time!

Brandon G.