While living the bachelor lifestyle for the most part the past year had a couple perks, it is definitely nice having my wife (and the dogs) on board. Sure, there was no consensus to be had when deciding what to do for dinner, but sharing this lifestyle definitely makes it better.
Right now one big benefit is having a helping hand with all the projects that have been on hold since I couldn't complete them by myself. Today the big task was making one of the large storage areas a dry storage area. The Leopard 38 has a big storage area at the front of each hull, above the watertight buoyancy compartment. And with no openings to weather, it should make a large and dry storage area.
Of course, on my boat, it hasn't been all that dry. A pulpit rail mount and the pulpit seat mount have both been leaking a bit. The result is some water made its way into this compartment, and that doesn't make for a nice storage location. And the reason I haven't fixed it yet...you may have guessed...is because I need two people. Both of these mounts go entirely through the hull (thus the ability to leak) and so I needed someone in the compartment to turn a wrench on the nut while someone else was outside keeping the bolt from turning. Since I don't have an arm that is 20+ foot long with several elbows, it is not something I could do myself. So, like so much of the hardware on this boat, a helper is needed to loosen and tighten the bolts.
With a helper, it was a simple task to remove the bolts, clean the mounting surfaces, apply some butyl tape (an excellent option for re-bedding through-bolted hardware), and re-mount the hardware. Given my previous experience with the tape, I have confidence that these two leak locations are now resolved and shouldn't give me trouble for a long time. Unless I missed a leak, I think we now have one more large storage area at our disposal...which will come in handy right now. Now we just need to repeat the process in the other hold.
In other news, if you find yourself moving on a boat and another boater is moving off, hopefully you have made friends with them. In my case, my friends Gary and Joan have not only beefed up our provisions but also had these mini milk crates that may help me get my refrigerator organized (the details of organizing a top-loading refrigerator are deserving of its own post). Thanks guys and good luck with your future endeavors!