Date: 2 March 2016. Buy and Install Levels.
One of my biggest failings is that
I buy stuff. That in and of itself is not a bad thing when the
budget can swing it. What is dreadful however is the accumulation of
Stuff that is not installed. On more than one occasion I've acquired
a sought after item, only to months later still have it in the box.
For proof positive of that, may I direct you to this photograph from
Inadequate Boat (Gulfport too)
article published just last month:
The larger alternator on the right
still needs to be mounted to Betsy, the new Kubota.
I buy stuff fully intending to install it right away. The
above alternator I received in May of 2015. To be fair Betsy didn't
run until recently so there is a bit of wiggle room on that item.
All too often once the materials
are here I do not finish things. Partially done is not good enough.
article details some of those problems. Mostly the
biggest problem is me. The Failure to Finish is something I've been
striving to change.
Today, please feel free to
celebrate with me.
I bought a pair of levels and
installed them before nightfall.
I know it's a little enough thing however small victories are good
I won't get too much of a swelled head. You see, the
LEV-O-GAGE as shown on the right came with the boat. It was always
in just that condition. There was never any liquid so it did not
work. I've dusted it regularly since 2008. Sigh.
When I priced the "real deal"
similar to what I had they were expensive. To pay lots of $$ for a
spiffy wall decoration that served little purpose was not going to
happen. I'm too thrifty for that sort of nonsense.
That said, it is handy to know how
level things are aboard a boat. For folks with larger yachts the
weight of personal gear won't be as critical as for those of us with
For years I've used this level,
keeping it right in front of the helm:
The level tells me that fore and aft, I'm on a pretty even keel.
Port to starboard though is not level. The bubble is on the left,
port side. My boat has more weight on the starboard side.
Larger boats are effected most
often by fuel. The shrimp boat Ichiban was listing to port
Later Ichiban's owner will pump the fuel into her other tank and
level the boat. It's normal though of course some non-boaters think
"oh, it's sinking!" when nothing could be further from the truth.
Folks who earn their living from the sea are are careful of their
livelihood. Ichiban when not hunting Moby Dick catches shrimp.
If you're curious I wrote a bit
more about Ichiban in the
Appearances Can Deceive vignette.
For Seaweed, I like
knowing how she is floating. The levels confirm what my feet feel.
Camco 25523 Standard Levels
My levels came from Walmart. I spotted them in the automotive
This is the pair I bought.
At just $2 for two levels the price is hard to beat. I installed the
pair in less than 15 minutes. They are simple stick on items though
I could have added screws. Once one falls off the bulkhead I'll do
that. In the meantime I'm enjoying my victory.
One small job is finished. The
port side one went up first. The final new level was installed on
the starboard side, just beneath the window leading into my cabin.
This time for a change I managed to not only acquire something for
my Seaweed but also use it right away. At present my goal is:
I have bought, along with sea trials and local cruising.
The biggest advantage of actually
installing something is that it does not have to be stowed anywhere.
It is serving the purpose originally intended when purchased. The
money is spent. The pleasure of use is now all mine.
Golly gee, it feels good to finish
I wish I had a dollar for every
item I bought and set aside to install later. It's embarrassing and
goodness knows clutter disturbs my sense of tranquility.
I'm feeling better. It's good to
be human again. My get up and go is back!
Have you a collection of items yet to be installed?
What is your newest acquisition for your boat?
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