Just a few random bits and pieces from the first few days on the Spirit:
One good thing about this boat is that there are no, “must do now” type of projects. The boat is not sinking, the cabin is comfortable, and I can live on aboard without worrying about having to take care of any immediate issues. If there was one single thing I would need to do right now it would be the mast. I need to get it raised back up as soon as I can so I can get in and out of the cabin easier. Also, I have been running the ac day and night now, at a low setting, simply because the cooler cabin takes a lot of the stress out of me. When I get the mast back up and the boom attached, I can put up a new tarp over the cabin to cut the heat, and then leave the ac off during the day. But, while I could just put the mast back up, I’m thinking while it is down to just go ahead and do some things. Check all the hardware, replace the light with LED, attach the halyards, and be done with it. Then I won’t need to take it back down for any major reason in the future. The halyards will cost the most, a little over a $100 and the rest about another $100. So I will need to factor that into the budget.
For somebody who only has 65 things, I have stuff strewn everywhere in the cabin. I still haven’t been able to sort it all out yet so it looks a mess. I prefer to not use the storage holds, even though that is what they are for. Stuff that goes into the holds tends to be forgotten about and is more prone to mold, mildew, and decay.
I’m still trying to figger out how much of a galley I want, if at all. I did pick up a soft side cooler which works more better than the one I have been using. But later on, I may try to add extra insulation to the old cooler and see if it will hold ice a bit longer. As for cooking, I will look into a toaster oven, and then eventually add another grill. This will have some priority especially when you see my food bill for August.
The cats have settled in like nothing happened. Charley, as expected spends a lot of time down below hiding from everyone. The lower cabin means they can also see out the rear hatch and watch stuff. The two hate each other, even after 10 years together so there has been some hissing and growling for territory but they will have to learn to get along.
Other than sorting out where to put stuff, and dealing with a colony of fire ants that came with the boat, everything else is going smoothly. The boat doesn’t rock in the wind since it sits so low in the water below the dock. I don’t know how bad the cabin leaks yet as we haven’t had any rain yet. And the bunks are very comfortable for sleeping.
Yeah, I think I made a good deal here.