Date: 9 February 2016. Making a Towel
One of my
flaws is I tend to complicate what would normally be an easy
project. I recognize that and still mess up. Just this past week I
created a Project that encompassed over two hours of frustration and
work. The final solution took about five minutes. This is what I did
wrong and right in making a towel rack in my galley.
This is the towel that caused the project. Baby gave
it to me last month.
I told you about that visit in the
Treasure Chest article.
a small trawler means having multiple uses for items is always in
the back of my mind. Because I am on a limited budget some of my
choices are dictated by that too. Going to the store to buy the
perfect item is not easy when you have no car.
those still ashore:
Think about what you're going
to want on your boat. Now while you have good access to the
internet and time, do some serious shopping. No, do not buy
everything but the little things can be had for a bargain. I
did most of my book buying before I had Seaweed.
I bought guide books for places that I might want to
visit some day.
The target was to spend less than 50% of
retail and I succeeded.
One mistake I made was in buying Up-To-Date guides. In
retrospect I should have bought the older ones. Before going
some place I could upgrade to new. For dreaming and planning
current editions are unnecessary. Also I could have bought the
used books for lots
less than I paid. Argh!
Why Didn't I Think of That? : 1,198 Tips
As long as I am spending
your perfectly good money I would strongly suggest
Why Didn't I Think of That? : 1,198 Tips from 222 Sailors on 120 Boats from 9 Countries
as a reference for boaters working with limited funds. It
profusely illustrated (line drawings) and filled with useful
ideas. What I liked best is the ideas do not generally involve
expensive retail purchases.
This book is definitely
for boaters on a budget.
As you are narrowing your choices pre-purchase this
particular book will help. It will enable you to see what
changes and improvements you can make later. It fills in the
gaps where you might think 'well that won't work' and shows
you how to economically solve issues and make improvements.
I like mine. And no, you
may not borrow it. I am done loaning out
Why Didn't I Think of That? : 1,198 Tips
as folks are too fond of keeping it after it
in their hot little larcenous hands. Fortunately with a bit of time you
can find this gem for less than $10. It is money well spent.
would find benefit in owning this book too.
But I digress... In one regard I have an advantage over many.
Growing up on a boat we made use of what was aboard. Our first
choice was always to use items at hand. Paying retail was not
living on Seaweed for so many years I too look to my ship's stores
first before opting for store-bought. There is a sense of
accomplishment when I can make something work with what is already
here. But I mess up too... the early part of this project is what I
After getting rid of the old stove I no longer had a place to
hang my dish towels. They are the way I decorate for
holidays. It gives me pleasure to find a $1 dish towel to
celebrate the season. Economical and understated but still
pretty, I liked it.
Last autumn I replaced the stove with a two door refrigerator
combination. With the stove gone I no longer had a place to hang a
pretty dish towel.
At first I pulled out some chunks of wood to use as
the bar and off-sets.
I wanted the bar to stand off the locker front for
There is a small locker next to the silverware drawer. I
wanted to be able to access that space with ease. This is the point where
I started down the wrong path.
Initially I opted for a hinge on
the right side of my bar. The theory was this: I could swing the
towel bar out and get to the canning jar supplies stowed in the
locker. It would also be easier to hang the towel.
The jar with my hinges was wayyyy in the back and so I got out my
A back-scratcher is a
wonderful tool. For those of us with shorter arms it will reach far
and pull out items that are otherwise difficult to reach. I've got
one by my dinette seat where I sit and a second in my cabin in case I
get an itch in the night.
hinges were out it was time to sort through and find the perfect
Then came plan implementation. And
that is where everything fell apart.
hinge would not attach properly to the piece of wood I wanted to
use. Nothing fit. Angles for the hinge were wrong. It was a mess. By
that time I was tired of hauling stuff out, drilling holes, cleaning
sawdust, bandaging finger (no project is complete without blood
offering) and, well, I had Plenty.
For me a break with a beverage is rejuvenating.
everything away. Continuing would not have solved anything.
Kenny Rogers sings
about knowing when to hold 'em and knowing when to fold 'em. It was
time to fold.
In the past
I've kept at it. Determination is a trait of mine. This time though
I was tired. Being tired and working onward is a recipe for disaster.
One thing I've learned is to rest before I am exhausted.
I have places marked on my chart before departure that would be a
good place to anchor. I have anchored at ten in the morning and
gotten back underway after lunch. Sometimes a break is just the ticket.
pleasure boating on a budget. I do not do schedules.
Side Note regarding my anchoring
spots: Some are not particularly wonderful. They are Good Enough for
a short duration. Good Enough would be a spot off the waterway with
water sufficient for my draft. A place to stop for a few hours or
overnight is far different than one I would want during afternoon
thunder-boomer season or stormy conditions.
Always stop before
you are tired. Setting the anchor properly requires an alert
helmsman. And turn on your anchor light. Do not forget to display
your black anchor ball too. It alerts yachtsmen that you are not
My anchor ball lets folks know that I am at anchor
during the daytime. It is required though few follow this rule.
Gosh I'm busy with my bunny trails today. It's a remnant of being
tuckered out. Chicken leg quarters were on sale for 29 cents a pound
so we bought sixty pounds. That's what I have done for two days: can
chicken. It's good to have the lockers nearly filled, and at so
economical a price. More on that later...
In the meantime I wanted to
create a place to hang my dish towels.
Back to my
tale of the towel rack. I had put everything away earlier as my
convoluted complicated plan just was not working. After relaxing
while reading again
The Richest Man in Babylon
Kindle for a bit I took another look at the spot I
had chosen. Yes, I do read books multiple times.
I did not
need a hinge. A couple of small eyebolts could hold the piece of
teak quite well. Two eyebolts were easy to retrieve from their
storage spot. I screwed them into the wood face of the locker above
the cubby hole hiding my canning supplies.
there are those who do not screw anything into their boat. They are
concerned with damaging the woodwork. Fortunately Seaweed is a boat
and not a yacht. I feel no compunction against personalizing my home
as long as it does not damage her structural integrity.
The right side of my teak is permanently tied. I took a small piece
of line and went through the eyebolt and then the wood. A square
knot finished it off. The "opening" side has a loop tied through the
eyebolt. The notched teak can slip on that loop. Voila. Done.
The dish towel Baby gave me for Christmas is now
I am definitely "Livin' the Dream" aboard Seaweed.
This towel is spiffy and looks nautical here in the galley.
I will install a knob on the locker door hidden by the dish towel. It
will allow better air circulation around the towel as it dries. I
just have to find one at a thrift store or create one from items at
hand in all that spare time of mine.
life afloat. If you want to know about chicken canning for cheap,
I've got more details in an upcoming vignette. Perhaps even as soon
reading and have a great day.
Important of All: Betsy runs and
magnificently. Details upcoming. It has been crazy busy around
the boat of late.
Problem is this: Seaweed has water in
her fuel tank. Fred spotted that issue for me. Having a spare
set of eyes saved me being flummoxed. Guess what I'll be
doing this week? More details on all that too.
It is a boat so there is
never just one thing. My next door neighbor will be
Do you switch dish towels during holidays or for seasonal celebrations?
And, what do you do with your old towels after the holiday?
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