Except when it comes to project work or regular boat maintenance. This is when our patience is really tested.
Of course, space isn’t always an issue – on occasion we have to fix or build something that is out in the open, allowing lots of elbow room. But that easy-to-access variety of work happens maybe 0.002% of the time. Mostly, the work is behind walls, under floorboards or up in the boat arch or rigging. Lots of times we find ourselves stuffed inside a locker or halfway wriggled between a compartment and a post (aka a rock and a hard place). Arms are stretched to their limits, hands are cramped into a semi-workable claw and there is lots of creative talking-like-a-sailor language. Aaargh!
But such is life on a sailboat! And, yes, we are lucky – with Wild Horses being 47 feet long and a beamy 14 feet wide, we appreciate that we have less “aaargh!” moments than sailors with smaller boats. Trust me though, the appreciation does not happen in the moment. We are not that Zen!
This past summer has involved a lot of boat work, mostly in the form of upgrades as we continue to prepare for the Caribbean. With our one year delay we decided to split up these upgrades – tackling the many smaller ones in 2020 and leaving the biggest ones – installing our water maker and upgraded energy solution (wind power, more solar power, lithium ion batteries and higher-powered alternator) for next summer. Lots of future electrical work requiring even more access to the small, awkward and inaccessible spaces on Wild Horses!
Here are some of our bigger 2020 boat work challenges, in pictures.
Accessing our batteries as part of Installing our battery monitor:
Installing a little USB plug at the helm required us to fit into tight space behind and under the helm station:
Removing our unused 4th water tank:
Other notable projects where access and space were issues:
Victoria is a hiker, dog-lover, blog writer and planner extraordinaire. Oh, yeah and she is kind of fond of living on a boat.