What is that in our backyard?! Nirvana has become a stranger that we can't wait to get re-acquainted with.
Recently I posted our haul-out expenses and our pre-cruising expenses. I wish that our pre-cruising expenses list was complete, but instead it will grow significantly once our house sells. So, in case you were wondering what we plan on adding to Nirvana in preparation for cruising ... here's a list of what I've come up with so far. I'm sure this list will also grow, and it will be interesting to see how it compares to reality.
This list is in no particular order, but I separated the projects from the add-ons. I put a question mark by the items that we'd like to have, but aren't sure about. We'll go without them if our budget requires it.
Inspect and repair/replace plumbing as needed (hoses, valves, etc)
Install fresh and saltwater foot pumps
Inspect and repair/replace electrical as needed
Replace lights with LED lighting
Add cockpit lighting
Inspect and repair/replace rigging as needed
Paint deck with anti-skid product
Replace rotten interior wood, including bulkhead (hope this isn't too difficult)
Clean and oil interior teak
Clean exterior teak ... looking into LOW maintenance product, perhaps Semco
Build small step under v-berth (it's tough being short)
Add storage compartments in aft cabin (guests can sleep in salon)
Install new laminate or decoupage salon table and navigation station (hate that fake wood look!)
Build and install lazy jack system for our new sail pack
Build overhead plate/cup holder in galley
Add extra cabinet in head
Customize shelves for storage
Security bars (removable for safety) for hatches/companionway
Build mount on stern for dinghy motor (starboard)
Build stern seats (starboard)
Replace exterior handrails (perhaps teak alternative)
Create jerry can rack?
Haul-out boat for quick bottom job and inspection
*These projects will keep us busy after our house sells, but Ken can build a house in 3-4 months so once we start on these projects we'll knock them out pretty quickly ... a few months.
Caframo Fans, 2-3 more
Additional Fenders & Covers
Companionway Hatch (starboard)
Cockpit Cupholders (we have none)!
New Sunbrella Bimini
Tarp (for shade)
Hatch Screens (maybe I can make these)
Locks for Boat & Dinghy
Wasp Spray (a good weapon)
First Aid Kit
Manual Bilge Pump
Mast Steps (or Bosun Chair?)
Propane Stove in Place of Alcohol Stove?
Inflatable Swimming Pool Rafts/Chairs
Wireless Internet (perhaps Wirie)
Spare Filters, Parts, Water Pump
Assorted Hand Tools
Products We Hope Never To Use ... such as hole fillers, plugs, etc.
Lots of Assorted Tape!
Galley Items (nesting pots, collapsible containers, etc.)
Hanging Shoe Holder(s) for Bathroom Items/Small Things
We already have a ton of music and we'll start working on downloading a collection of movies onto our new external hard drive in the future. We wouldn't go anywhere without our music, and those movies will be nice on rainy days or lazy nights. Books, our e-reader (Nook), Scrabble, a deck of cards and a pair of dice will be on board as well. If we could have whatever we wanted, we'd also love an inflatable kayak or two! Instead, we'll probably settle for boogie boards. Luckily, we already have snorkel gear and swim fins. I was given a wet suit by a friend (thanks Ted) but will Ken need one? A new hammock for the bow has been patiently waiting for its spot for about a year now ...
We gotta eat and drink, so there will be lots of canned nuts, canned tuna/chicken, pasta, peanut butter, beer and wine stashed away somewhere. All that beer and wine (and rough seas) will require a collection of Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medications. Oh, and lots of sunscreen!
Whew ... we've got to sell our house soon. All of these things really add up! At least we'll be accruing a ton of credit card travel miles when the time comes. You know, there's registries for weddings ... how about a registry for bon voyage parties? That's something I may think about.
So, what have I missed that you wouldn't leave without? I didn't try to list every little thing, but we'd love to hear your suggestions.
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!