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 !!!


Unknown said...

Who would've thought living on a boat would be such work! I imagine the vacuum gets a work-out from all the beach sand that comes back with nelson. :) Enjoy!

Lisa said...

Now you have me feeling bad for you. Sadly, I was one of the ones that thought living on a boat in the Bahamas was a fun and games. I'm so ashamed. I wonder if you could capture pirates and make them do the work? After all your pup could keep a watchful on the work men. Just a thought! Even joy your wonderful sunny days and the sea breeze! I'm still jealous!!!!!!! ;)

xoxo, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Aww, your garden is super cute lovely lady!! Thanks for posting the photos. Wow, I guess I never really thought about boat chores but it makes total sense now. Looks beautiful!

Veronica Lee said...

I never really thought of the chores too but they are all worth it!! Love your herb garden.

Southhamsdarling said...

Oh all right then, it's not all lobster eating and gin swilling when you're aboard your boat!! I don't feel so bad now, being stuck over here in the English winter. Hee Hee!! The clock and barometer look lovely now. Oh! I love your bra hanging there!! Eeek, you hussy you!! Enjoy your week my friend.

NicNacManiac said...

WOW, I am tired just looking at your photos, this being a boating person is a heck of a lot of work. Love the pic with your bra are too funny!
Yes, I was so excited, I could hardly believe it, the assignment was a tough one and I see that some of the submissions are more about day to day bliss, I have that as well and always try to find it in the smallest of things. Meeting you at Blissdom was one of those highlights and I hope we get to the pleasure again real soon!
Take care and happy swabbing!
xOxO Nerina

Lucy said...

There are always chores to be done but sometimes the place you are doing those chores is just a little bit better than other places :)

Pat Tillett said...

Hi Rosemary!
I don't do that much work, when I'm NOT on vacation...
Don't you guys have a live aboard crew to do these things?

dopdavid said...

wow im jealous! one day i want to live a life like that. be able to own a boat and sail anywhere i want :) happy days!