I’m joking of course. I call her a scow because she’s quite a dirty little girl. It took 3 years of disuse to put lichen and scum all over my sailboat, but I’m thankful to say that now I’m cleaning the poor little thing up. And she needs it.
My father (bless his 92 year old soul) has been “working” on it for months, of course. This really bothers me for couple of reasons. The first one concerns his well being. The floating dock where my boat rests is connected to the shore by a very broken-down walkway that could break or fail in some way whenever anyone walks on it. (Yes fixing this is yet another project around the house – that’s the subject of another post.) There is a real possibility of a plank breaking underfoot or the attachment at the shore breaking free. But I’ve had no luck in trying to get him to stay off the dock. What can you tell a 92 year old man? And even if he is listening to me when I warn him, chances are by the next morning he’s forgotten everything we talked about the day before.
The other reason I don’t like him working on the sailboat is practical. I want to keep the interior clean and safe, as well as the exterior. Shortly after we got the boat, he drilled holes through the cabin wall to mount a compass on a crude piece of aluminum. I’m just glad the holes in the cabin aren’t too big, but the placement of the compass makes it hazardous to anyone scrambling around on the boat during operation. A slip next to this kluge could cause a serious injury. I keep thinking about him mounting something inside the cabin and drilling a hole through the hull under the water line. If you had seen his last attempt at fixing plumbing in the house (resulting in $500 plumber’s bill) you’d know why this worries me.
At any rate, over the last few days I’ve been out their scrubbing the dirty scow down, getting here sharp and clean enough to take out for a shakedown cruise. Just take a glance at the grime I’m dealing with!
So stay tuned friends! Soon I’ll have it out on the Gulf, and that should be some great fun!