An account of progress made in preparing a CD 27 sailboat to cruise for an extended time. Soul Mate, a 1980 Cape Dory 27 foot sailboat, is based in St. Petersburg, FL.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sometimes it takes a whip cracker . . .
Soul Mate has sat with little accomplished for a while. But, a friend had kicked me into gear. We replaced the manual bidge pump, and I have removed the tarps over the cockpit and cabin, scrubbed the boat, and drained the fuel tank, and hope to pull it for cleaning soon. It really does help to have a friend crack the whip and remind you that, as Mom said, "You can't do it any younger."
"YOU CAN'T DO IT ANY YOUNGER!"
That was the advise my Mother always gave me. So, being alone and in post-retirement mode, with the kids on their own and living thousands of miles away it was time to act. I followed her advise. I bought my first boat. I gave up my residence. I donated most of what I owned, and moved aboard a 27 foot sailboat. Now it is time to overcome the problems of age pains, the limited resources of a Bush economy survivor, and learning to fix, modify, and adapt Soul Mate and myself to make a working unit of man, boat, and cat, to cruise into the sunset. Because, as Mom always said, "...You can't do it any younger."