Date: 6 December 2015. Dealing with
Drunks (tool locker and dinette table)
commenter extraordinaire Pam asked about the status of my
shipwright. I had hired this guy who moved my silverware drawer
successfully. What I liked best is that he used the wood I had on
hand. The teak is not perfect however it suits me and Seaweed just
fine. During that process I discovered for myself that he
drinks both too early and too much. Handling him was an exercise
however the work was done to my satisfaction. This is how it all
came to be.
The locker is where my cube refrigerator lived. Now
it holds my canning jars.
We reused the wood from the other locker that was aft
under my stove. A nice feature is that hidden cubby hole next to the
silverware drawer. It holds spare canning lids and rings. The shelf
also allows me to slide in a bunch of juice bottles.
The duck's head is where I hang my trash bag when I'm
unloading groceries and getting rid of packaging.
But I digress...
promises are made and broken my happiness quotient suffers. And
believe me, I'm not one to suffer silently.
shipwright when sober is fine. However he is a boozer when he has
money. Thus paying him one day means the likelihood of him showing
up the next day is nearly nil. Argh.
boaters know there is a prevalence of alcoholism afloat. People Talk
BIG and then...
It is huge and a bottle of vodka tempts some.
That is ongoing. Some opt to forget via booze which exacerbates
If you've boasted about where you're going and what you're going to
do, well, folks from home question you about same. Modest goals are
achievable. Build from those and you won't be another blowhard who
is all smoke and no fire.
That final Number Three gets a lot
of boaters. It is tempting to say I'm going to XZY. Then when stuff
goes wrong unless you've a strong constitution some cruisers fall
off the face of the earth. More than a few find solace in a bottle. They
disappear, stop answering phone calls, etc.
As for me, you'll find me on this
chart for the near term.
I have no plans and definitely
Those of us out here even with boats that don't work properly might
feel compassion for the drinkers. It is tempered by the realization
that the issues drunks experience are as a direct result of said
booze. It's called a consequence and pity doesn't last long when the
problems are self-inflicted..
If you drink like lush bad things tend to
happen. There are times when it seems that I'm surrounded by those
who prefer Vodka to keeping promises. That is frustrating beyond
measure. Apologies don't cut it when results remain the
The best indicator
of future performance is past behavior.
As to the shipwright, he's an alcoholic. Dealing
with broken promises "I will be there tomorrow" is a given.
Handling him, well, that takes finesse. I Fired him last week.
Essentially I told him he was Done. I owed him $15
(one hour) and here was the money. Now go away and don't come back.
After totaling the hours spent to
get to this point ↓ I was
finished dealing with him. Six hours is unacceptable.
When I explained the facts of life the shipwright
decided to finish the job without further pay.
I was ready to do the rest of the job myself and
would have done so. The pieces were ready to be bolted together and
Stevie did so. They look good too. I'd varnished everything while
waiting for him to return incidentally.
I have had it up to HERE with
broken promises and will hold workers feet to the fire.
Yes, I did pay him extra money
so that he left with cash in his wallet. Perhaps I will hire Stevie again on a
job-by-job basis. Never for an hourly wage though. There was no
incentive to finish or be wise with time when it's my dime
Stevie's work is good. The dinette
table is hinged and fits flush to the front of the locker. The doors
open with the table open or folded. There is access to the tools.
Skipper has a cubby hole right next to my seat where she can hide,
nap or watch me. I am
It looks much larger inside Seaweed too. When I complete the preps
for the Seminars for Reluctant Wives the table is set so to speak.
I'll be much happier having folks aboard. There is more room
visually now. This 23' long boat is actually spacious.
Most important of all, I am happy.
friend Irene and I were discussing this very topic just
yesterday. The quandary is twofold:
Do we become the
squeaky wheel and badger the help to get the job done, albeit possibly
Do we wait patiently
while our job is put off time after time for more
paying perfectly good money to be ignored. Argh!!!
I truly wish I knew the
balance that was most effective. I've tried. There are a
number of articles detailing past experiences such as
Fighting Inertia regarding Boat Gear,
etc. It cannot be just me as this is a common thread at boater
and the *coconut grapevine is alive and very informative.
a boater's radio net. We all listen in and it's a source
of information for cruisers. Though primarily over the air, the
grapevine also refers to boaters sitting around discussing
items of interest such as workers, boatyards, plus companies
and products used aboard our vessels.
All I can say to you is
Good Luck. I've been there too, and waiting totally sucks bilge
The mechanic (Paul of Sunrize Marine) I am waiting on is a hard worker. He
is still on a a job
just before mine. I understand that stuff takes longer and jobs
extend. I want this man to finish my engine. He is keeping me in
That is critical to my contentment level.
I'd rather have the job done though.
In the meantime I finished my
Christmas correspondence and have a pile ready to go to the post
Just one more present to buy from the thrift store
for my Grand and that package will be off. In the meantime I hope to
get these underway today. Or tomorrow at the latest.
Life is good afloat. To you and
yours I wish a very Merry Christmas and lots of joy in the coming
new year. If you celebrate anything else, go for it! This is
the time of the year when happiness surrounds me. Enjoy it folks.
What do you do when your worker is not doing the job in
a timely manner?
If you're the hired help, what motivates you most to finish
a job promptly?
In the Bilges
Christina O. (Aristotle Onassis' yacht) ~
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