So to be clear, as of Thursday the list of things that needed to be fixed on the boat was as follows: Fix shower pump.
As we left the dock on Friday I had a funny feeling that the fridge didn’t seem cold. “Not to worry” I thought as I idly flipped the auto helm on. ‘BEEP BEEP BEEP’ it sung out in a particularly smug kind of way. “Not to worry” I thought as I tried it again and again ….and again.
Upon arriving at the dock I tested my refrigeration concerns by using scientific method. I handed my husband a beer, and waited to see if a complaint was lodged.
On further investigation, we’ve discovered that the fridge motor is Italian and all the manufacturer’s fridge gut models are named after the beautiful Italian islands. We have Elba.
The rest of the weekend passed merrily in a blur of island exploration, kayaking and spirited auto helm/ refrigeration repairing debates.
Until Sunday morning, when, during a rain squall we noticed a drip.
On closer examination we discovered the drip was not simply a lone drip… It had friends. The tell tale sign of a window that had started to leak.
‘Darn’ is not working for me any more
Ok, I know that this is what boat ownership is really about. Only the deluded think it’s about surging through the water filled with champagne sparkles and a bracing breeze on a sunny day. My frustration lies in the speed that things are being added to the ‘to do’ list…. And that things that have already been fixed are coming back on the list! The new boat honeymoon is officially over. She held off telling us about her aches and pains long enough to give us nearly one season with out too many reality cheques. (yes, I spelled that as intended.) My biggest (and most deluded) wish that we can fix these things before the next things go on the list.
As my husband puts it “This boat is going to teach us about every one of her systems… Whether we like it or not.” To which, I pointed out that I heard that the ‘duct tape on the windows’ look is in this year.
Is that gallows humour? Or perhaps we should just call it boaters humour.
This is, for sure – ‘to be continued’…