A Woman’s Touch

Now I’m sure that if you want to do something properly, in the end… You will always need a woman’s touch…

I was taking the water out of the bilges and disassembling the wooden elements in the interior, so I can take them out. After a while, Maja came inside and said: ‘This looks even worse now!’ It was really demotivating to hear that, although it was probably true. I wanted to work inside the boat because it’s really hard to bread, but Maja insisted that she also wanted to go in and when she decides something… well, let’s just say that there is no stopping her… She simply doesn’t understand the word ‘No’.

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Maja slowly started to clean the galley, so I had no choice, but to let her do it… I tried to pull her out every now and then to get some air, but she just ignored me and kept on working. After a while, when I looked inside, I was amazed. She did an incredible job cleaning. The galley actually looked GOOD! I still can’t believe it. I know that it’s far from over. We will have to sand all of the wood in the interior and varnish it again, but this really gave me hope 🙂

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When I finally convinced Maja to finish the job inside (it was time to go home already), she started to clean the deck and the cockpit. Again, she did it with care..

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Now I’m sure that if you want to do something properly, in the end… You will always need a woman’s touch… 🙂

Baby Steps…

There is so much work to be done, it is difficult to plan what to do first… but to be honest, every little thing we do is an improvement, so patience will be essential! I always have to remember that.

I wanted to do some work last weekend, but again mother nature intervened. There was a bad weather forecast fo Saturday with strong southerly and rain, but I really wanted to do saomething, so Maja and me drove on Sunday morning. We left Zagreb at 6am, arrived to Poreč at 9am, had coffee and breakfast with our good friends, Andrej & Jelena and went to Vrsar on the boat.

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There is so much work to be done, it is difficult to plan what to do first… but to be honest, every little thing we do is an improvement, so patience will be essential! I always have to remember that. Baby steps 🙂

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Maja measured the hatches, because all of them are leaking and I would like to install new ones. Meanwhile, I measured the seacocks. I will have to replace all seacocks as soon as possible. They look like they are in bad shape and it’s the biggest worry for me now. I just hope they work for another couple of months before I haul the boat out to do the antifouling (mussels are growing under the waterline). I bailed some more water out of the bilges and took out the old radio, oven, gas bottles and some wooden panels to work on them in Zagreb.

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Andrej and Jelena came to visit us, so we took a break, had a beer, walked around Vrsar and commented on the boats moored in the neighborhood. When we came back to the boat, I was already a bit tired and I started to pack the things we took out from the boat to my car, but Maja was just warming up. She started to clean the galley and she just didn’t want to stop… The result was astonishing, amazing, incredible! But more about that I’m my next post…

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We left Vrsar at 7pm, got back to Zagreb  really tired at 10pm, but we found the strength to take everything out of the car to the basement which is now completely full of stuff from the boat..

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