The epitome of irony is me, slaving on this skiff to get it ready as the premier fishing vessel of Casual Charters while this phrase from a song plays through my head over and over as though someone pressed the REPEAT button,
“sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting t i i i i i m e.”
And I’ve been doing anything BUT sitting here resting my bones.
Not counting the 101 trips to “town” to get this and that and that and this to make BAB (nickname of boat) ready, here’s what I can instantly recall having done in the past month since her purchase:
Removed four shoddy patches, using heat gun, scraper, and Acetone (OUCH), and sanded with four grits of wet/dry sandpaper and rubber sanding block.
Drilled screws out of 24 holes under those shoddy patches
Filled holes with Gel Coat, sanded, sanded, and sanded some more.
Patched two small holes in bottom of hull with fiberglass.
Applied polish compound and buffed.
Bolted battery trays to boat floor. Moved trolling motor batteries from old boat to new boat, installed, and wired. Bought and installed new main battery and tray and attached all wiring.
Installed on-board battery charger, and fiddled with it until it finally worked.
Fixed anchor light, which was not working
Cut out wiring for old GPS and depth finder. Removed gobs of silicone from wiring holes, cleaned, and plugged properly.
Repaired holes in console from old bracket and installed my GPS bracket. Ran wires and connected my old GPS.
Installed new bracket to hold GPS “module” or antenna and installed module.
Removed trolling motor bracket from old boat, drilled holes in new boat and installed trolling motor. Installed new plug-in for trolling motor on front deck.
Removed old bimini top hardware, drilled new holes and installed new hardware. Scrubbed bimini top and installed it. YEA SHADE!!!
Changed oil in lower unit. Checked and filled engine oil.
Cleaned gas tank and installed fuel and water separating filter.
Bought and installed safety chain on trailer tongue. Replaced trailer rope clip.
Removed cracked aerator pump from bilge and plugged hole properly. Bought four more T- plugs to have on hand, just in case I lose one.
Polished all the aluminum hand rails.
Scrubbed the deck with bleach and soap and deck brush.
I’m sure there was more, but I just can’t think of it now.
Coming soon . . . Maiden Charter!