Date: 24 January 2023. Struggling with Stuff.
Christmas aboard Seaweed:
Update: Last month in order
to enjoy the holidays I did very little except decorate Seaweed and enjoy
my Christmas music. For the entirety of December I did not grow any *microgreens. This
the first time in quite a while that I have gone without fresh boat-grown
*Microgreens how to:
Microgreens Aboard Seaweed (series)
am an expert at acquiring items for Seaweed. The issue I struggle
with is not immediately utilizing these things. More than one time I
have had a warranty expire before installing a piece of equipment. ARGH.
That needs to change. Today I will share some of my struggles. I do
ask for your guidance in how to do better. Suggestions welcome!!!
Examples of some of my less-than-stellar choices:
The purchases made are not always for me or Seaweed. For instance in
Madeira Beach Nautical Flea Market
article I told you about the "good deal" I got on a pair of 1 5/8"
shaft zincs. Unfortunately I later discovered these are known as
orphan zincs. Nowadays shaft sizes go from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" ignoring
entirely the 1 5/8" shafts my zincs fit. I paid perfectly good money
for them, albeit far less than retail prices I saw online. And I
bought two of the doggone things.
The two 1 5/8" Camp brand
zincs are pictured below. I saw prices starting at $35 each online
for this size zinc.
Camp brand zincs are well regarded. I use 1 1/4" Camp
zincs on Seaweed.
Aboard Seaweed I store my SPARE
ZINCS ↓ on the shaft in
my bilge. This way they do not get lost.
Of course these zincs do not protect Seaweed from electrolysis.
When checking battery fluid levels
each month, I also ensure that the zincs are tightened against the
shaft. While underway everything vibrates a bit. I want to ensure my
zincs stay in place.
Why my extra zincs are attached to
the shaft inside of Seaweed:
The purpose of zincs on the shaft in the bilge is to prevent a
catastrophic loss of shaft. If for some reason my shaft comes
free from the coupler at the aft end of my transmission, the
shaft cannot slide entirely out of the boat. Vessels have sunk
Please note: I
have been on or around the water for more than a half century.
Over the decades I have seen both the best and worse of
things. Do shafts fall out of boats often? No. Do I want to
prevent mine from ever exiting without my knowledge? Yes.
resources are limited. Having the ability to help another mariner is
important to me. When I see something I imagine another would like
or be able to use at a low enough price I am delighted to purchase. I have
definitely been the recipient of gear from others. Being able to
share my good fortune with friends makes me feel great.
Sometimes I buy for Seaweed thinking I can use the item on my boat.
This is not always true. These are the size wrong.
For this set ↑ I
have four frames and three of the wood inserts.
spotted the above I thought I might be able to utilize them on
Seaweed. Unfortunately the set is too wide for my boat. I was
sure eventually someone might be able to use them. I have been giving them
space in a locker for YEARS.
In my cockpit on the starboard side I have one that is damaged. It is smaller so
the "bargain" steps will not fit where needed.
I finally removed the ugly one shown above. It was there for an embarrassingly long time too.
For quite a while I had
two Den Haan globe oil lanterns in my pilothouse.
I did send one of the lanterns to my daughter.
Her friend Melissa used one globe lantern at her beach
freeing to pass along items I no longer use.
Unfortunately I am bad at disposing of items that I believe others
can utilize, especially when the retail price is higher. Those
orphan zincs are a great example of something I paid perfectly good
money to purchase. Those 1 5/8" zincs must be useful to someone. How
do I find that person?
The lanterns were easy.
Almost everybody likes oil burning lights. Having oil lanterns is
important, especially when power outages occur.
In the wintertime, my Aladdin Genie II lamp both heats the boat and
toasts marshmallows to perfection.
having oil lanterns and lamps. If you are curious, a lantern can be
hung while lamps must sit on a flat surface. I have both aboard
Seaweed. Purchasing low odor lamp oil is recommended. This oil is
sold at Walmart near the candles over in the house-wares department.
Sometimes I am able to get to the stores to take back
items I should not have purchased. These lights were returned.
I debated buying these because of the cost. Finally I
justified the sets as I do love Christmas.
tried the battery powered lights shown above. They are bright and
beautiful. Due to the stiff wire powering the elves, snowmen and
Santa characters these lights would be ideal on a miniature tree. I do not
have a tree aboard Seaweed. Thus the sets went back to Walmart.
One of my bigger problems is dealing with the items I have purchased that are not
being used because of my own dereliction. Spending perfectly good money then not
installing the object is not smart. My Aims1200 pure sine wave
The Inverter Store had the warranty expire before it was mounted
on the bulkhead. And frankly it is still not 100% wired in.
aboard Seaweed for 2023:
Install what I have
Stop buying more items
until previously bought ones are functional.
Offload boat gear that I
do not need, want nor use.
I would love to have your encouragement
as I attempt to clear my boat of unused items.
As 2023 gets underway, I
do hope that I can organize myself better. I am in a rut
and need to pull myself up by the boat shoes and get things actually
completed. That is my goal for the next couple months. Frankly I am
not totally certain I will succeed as this is winter. I prefer to
hibernate when it is cold.
Thank you for reading. I
Do you have boat gear purchased and not yet installed?
And, do you have any favorite online places to sell your excess gear?
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