Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Only a Bit of Sewing...

This was our accomplishment yesterday. What, you say? That's just a boat. I know. We went to the lake and moved the boat under the carport. Sounds simple, but it wasn't.

We've been battling this boat this winter. In the past we've left it in the carport during the off-season and covered it with tarps. The squirrels that live in the tree beside the carport have played havoc on the boat - they get under the tarp and bed down and they manage to get into the engine and chew wires. It seems every Spring we have to have someone do repairs. So we tried something different this time - we left it out, away from trees, and bought a boat cover. It was hard to cover, but we did it.

Then came lots of rain and the cover caved in and tore. $200 for that cover! So we went to plan B and covered it with lots of tarps. Then came more rain along with freezing temperatures. A few weeks ago we discovered the tarps had caved in and the water in the valley was frozen solid. Remember, during the winter we haven't been going much.

Yesterday the weather was warmer so we went to tackle the problem yet again. Almost all the ice in the tarp was melted. We hooked the boat to the car and pulled it up the hill - when the boat was angled on a slope most of the water drained out. Then we could  remove the tarps and put the boat under the carport. Nothing about this was easy. We had to push a Sea Doo to the other side of the carport to make room for the boat.

By the time we came back home to our cottage, we were tired and neither of us did anything the rest of the day. We hope the squirrels do not bother the boat, but if they do we'll just get things repaired. We still need to repair the speedometer and gas gauge from their chewing last winter, so we figured we're willing to risk a couple of months under the carport.

Next Winter will be different! We're going to leave the boat on its lift over the lake and have it shrink wrapped. Did you know that was a thing? It's about $300 each year, but is still far cheaper than keeping it at the marina. That $300 is worth every single penny in my mind. And we'll never have to take the boat in or out of the water again.

That's probably more of a boat story than you wanted to read this morning. Hopefully I'll have some sewing to show tomorrow!

Enjoy your day!


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