Maddie and I have decided to set sail for the Caribbean during 2017, this means that Wisdom needs to be ready to go by then. Being ready to go means that the long list of major projects I want to finish need to be completed. This should not be a difficult task as all of these projects fall well within my comfort level, the problem is finding enough time to carry out all of these projects.
I work during the day as a dentist, when I get home to the boat, I begin working my second job as a rigger. This work will carry on into the night until I go to sleep. As you can see, there is no time available for the boat projects that need to get done.
At the moment, I am re-rigging an Islander 36 as well as doing smaller jobs on other sailboats. As soon as I am finished fabricating the rigging for this yacht, I can resume work on our boat projects that need to be accomplished.
In the mean time, Maddie sees me in the morning and late at night when I get home. The long hours in between are consumed with work. Maddie and I have discussed the lack of time that we spend together and we are in accord with the situation. We both know it is temporary and for a good cause. Once we set sail, we will spend all our time together because we will be cruising once again.
The rigging jobs take priority over the boat projects because the rigging jobs bring in money while the boat projects cost money to finish.
My longest day occurred on a Thursday, when I started my day at 5am with installing a clients in-mast furling mainsail, then I went to the dental office to see patients. When I got home I continued to fabricate the stays for the Islander 36, finally finishing my work at 10pm. It was a very long day, but a very productive day. Knowing that this schedule is temporary helps me make it through these kinds of days.