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Where in the world is the galley?

When people ask, “How’s the boat renovation progressing?,” I cower and feebly mumble something I think will appease their curiosity like, “Oh, you know, it’s a big project” or “It’s coming along.” If they say they want to see it, I cringe and politely change the subject or pray my phone rings so I can feign annoyance that we’ve been interrupted and will have to set a viewing date another time.

I react this way because s/v Sundown is a mess (view more photos in the gallery). There’s crap everywhere. It’s dusty, dirty and greatly disturbs the sense of order I need to feel balanced. But I’m reading a book that’s giving me a new appreciation for the boat’s disheveled, nasty state (more…)

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Contortionist Clay

The dirty work has begun. For the past two weekends, my husband and I have rolled up our sleeves and started deep cleaning Sundown from stem to stern. Actually, that’s not quite true. We decided to first focus on the stern–the back half of the boat: the dining area, aft cabin, galley, engine compartment, rear water tank and storage areas under the cockpit. To combat feeling overwhelmed, I’m concentrating on one small space at a time. My mantra for this job is: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” (more…)

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