Ah, the Dream. The dream that comes true when you put your heart and soul into it. The dream that is shared with others in story and photos. The dream that others respond, ‘you are living the dream’. Ah yes … the dream.
But are there dreams that come true without some sweat and tears? Perhaps, but I can tell you that our dream is only coming true with a lot of sweat, a lot of tears, and an extensive and bottomless “To Do” List. We will call this our original list.
Version 1.0: Time to GSD
The original boat project list, Version 1.0, was created using the free software Trello. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects. It helps us stay organized. Chris created detailed project lists with categories of Running Rigging, Engine, Electrical, Haul-Outs, Topside, Training, Standing Rigging, Etc. Each list has a task card. Each card was tagged safety, fit and finish, rigging, mechanicals-systems, Offshore upgrades, and comfort. This list worked well for about 8 months until we realized we have about six months before we want to leave. Time to rethink the priorities in the projects.
So Version 1.1 was created. Using the same amount of tasks to complete before the end of May, we moved task cards into each month. All was looking pretty doable until a month ago when we pretty much sat down and did the math – we will never leave the dock by May if we stick to the Version 1.1 List.
You probably guessed it, Version 1.2 was created. This new list captures a realistic picture of what we will be doing in the next 10 weeks, the following two-four months, and the following one-three years. Version 1.2 now lays out for March, April, and May. This includes what we can do when the boat is hauled out, what we will do when we are underway, and the small aesthetics and minor, non-urgent repairs we simply do not want to ignore.
To add a little lightness to this topic, here is a great explanation I came across last year. It fully explains the life of working on your boat.
“So I bought a semi project boat in January. I feel overwhelmed at times. I want to do job d, e, f, and g but can’t until I finish a, b, and c but in order to do a, b, and c, I have to do jobs 1, 2, and 3 which all costs money and time so I find myself doing jobs h, k, n, p, r, t, u, and z, as well as 10, 19, 22, and 47 which frustrates me because I can’t really finish any of those jobs until I get 1, 2, and 3 and a, b, and c done! UGH BOAT LIFE.” ~Author unknown
Anyone working on their boat, sail or motor, knows this little ditty first hand. At one point, you learn not to get so frustrated anymore and try to embrace this situation. Sometimes I find myself saying, ‘If we just didn’t have ‘that [@$#^#&@] date’.
So the big tasks that remain for the month of March are troubleshooting the Bilge Pump Alarm, accepting and gearing up the dinghy and motor, Spinnaker Pole guys, installing the Hydrovane, installing SSB Antenna to backstay, rebedding the Port salon window, Installing our Iridium Go!, and purchasing and installing a Life Raft.
Stay Tuned and learn if we accomplish these and more. Please join me as I am praying for more.