"If it's not one thing, it's another." A famous quote from Guilda Radnor, but these words are heard on cruising boats all over the world. One sailing friend recounted a torn head sail repair, followed by an autopilot breakdown, followed by we-were-afraid-to-ask issue. She put it this way: "Crusing is all about fixing things in beautiful places." How true.
Captain aboard Steadfast is a Jack of All Trades when it comes to keeping his vessel in tip top condition. He has proudly boasted saving thousands of dollars in Water Maker repairs by doing it all himself. He only looks mildly sheepish when confronted with the million dollar long distance phone bill to the techie in California who talked him thru the process.
Servicing the windlass (pulls up the anchor).
Pulling Wire in the forward head pannel.
Dog in his kennel, man in his den aka: engine room.
What is the equivalent for "housemaid's knees" in boating parlance?
Welcome to the inner sanctum.
Way back in there.
Carefully, stay inside the lines.
Chemical formulations...honey teak.