Friday, January 27, 2012

Boat Chores

Lest you think living on a boat in the Bahamas is all fun and games, this post is published to educate you on the finer points of life at sea.


Here is the before and after shot of the brass clock and barometer.
After much elbow grease and hard rubbing....
ta da!
 Several coats of clear paste wax and a daily polish should help them stay bright for the season ahead.

These pictures of the "herb garden" are for K, who specifically asked to see them.  We aim to please aboard Steadfast.



We have Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mint, Basil, Parsley, Chives and in the little box, 
Flowers:  forget-me-nots, johnny jump ups, and pansies.
Farmer on a Boat.

Today is Monday Wash Day.  It could be any day that we are in a marina with a Laundry Facility or when we decide things are ripe and we wash by hand or with our own tiny machine on board.


I rig a temporary clothes line between the stanchions on the fly bridge.  Things dry in about 20 minutes here.

When we were commissioning this vessel, Captain wanted a washing machine and I wanted a vacuum cleaner.  Instead of one or the other, we ended up getting both.  I am so glad we did because we use them both, but especially the vacuum.

Today, we pulled out the vent screens for the air conditioners, vacuumed and washed everything and put it all back together.  It was like cleaning dryer lint traps clogged with cotton batten.   Maybe I will stop sneezing now.  :)

Then of course, there's always the decks to swab, the windows to wash and ..... well the list is endless.  We usually work as little as possible, play as much as we can and always leave time for the art of leisure.

Nelson keeps lookout on the forward deck, or lazes in the shade, while we work.  He is a much happier dog now that we have access to a delightful beach for running, swimming and chasing balls and sticks.  They say a tired dog is a good dog.  Y E S !!!



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