The boat is tidier than it’s been in a long time, but don’t get me wrong. It’s far from tidy. We threw out a bagful of crap that the previous owner left on the boat. Evidently, he was of the mindset that you should keep everything, just in case, which is laudable, except that you only have so much space on a boat. To be fair, a lot of the stuff has been sitting doing nothing all winter and probably deteriorated since he decided to keep it.
We’ve also replaced our lost paddles (you can read about that adventure here) and bought a kayak cart. It works great, even though we haven’t inflated the tires yet. So we took one of our kayaks home to our balcony and tucked the other inside the boat’s cabin, since we had cleared it out. I told you it wasn’t actually tidy in there. Keeping it in there reduces the risk of theft, though, which has hit home pretty hard recently.
One of the oars from our dinghy got stolen along with our friend Mike’s rowboat that he built himself. When Jason told him, he seemed surprisingly blase about the loss. “Living on a boat is a good lesson in perspective,” he said. “You’re always wondering what you need to figure out next.”
I suppose this is true of owning a house, as well. Or even a car, in some cases.
Among other things, we stocked up on the required safety equipment for our boat’s size (manual bailer, sound signalling device, fifteen-meter throw rope, etc.). I made a rope ladder by following the instructions in a book about knots that we bought on sale a while ago.
We ordered oarlocks to replace the broken one on our dinghy, but when they arrived, they do not fit. We paid twice as much on shipping and customs as for the oarlocks themselves, which is a bit off-putting. We are going to try to return them, but we probably won’t get much of our money back. As of now, we are considering ways to rig up straps for a temporary fix. Of course, we also need to buy new oars, since someone thought it worthwhile to take one.
Jason is starting a woodworking course soon, so he will try to construct something sturdier once that gets on the go.