Date: 19 November 2015. Fighting Inertia
regarding Boat Gear.
I am guilty
of inertia. When it comes to finding boat gear I want for Seaweed, I'm excellent.
Given sufficient time I am fairly proficient at finding those
desired items at
a reasonable price. Buying? Please. I am woman. And a woman with a
boat needs some Stuff. It is at the installation stage where things begin to
I wish I had a
dollar for every item I bought and set aside for "later"...
projects become clutter. The bits and pieces cause chaos when left out.
Stowed in lockers they fill space and are forgotten. Worst of all, I cannot
use what is not installed.
The money is
spent. Unused items become
clutter and that is a thorn in my contentment level.
starts out innocently enough. I have a Good Idea after an Ut Oh
Experience. Next I find something that is just the thing to prevent
Here's an Ut Oh situation solution:
This is a transfer switch. It would allow me easily
to switch from Shore to Generator (or inverter) power.
What happened was this: I'd been living on the hook aka at anchor
for several months. I brought Seaweed into a dock and the first
thing I did was plug into shore power. Though plugging in sounds
like a Great Idea, it wasn't.
I had my
inverter direct wired to the back of my AC panel. The inverter
supplied the whole boat with power from my solar panels and wind
generator. When I plugged in to shore power, the electricity back
fed through the inverter and smoked it.
literal "smoked it" incidentally. There was
smoke. And yes, I knew
better. I simply forgot.
There is a
good reason I have visual clues around Seaweed. Reminders
help prevent foolish mistakes and reassure me that I'm on the right
The solution is a transfer
switch that would allow me to switch from shore power to inverter
Confession Time: Forgive me for I have sinned. I got that switch
more than three years ago. It was back on the east coast and I came
to the Gulf coast for my Grand's birth. She turned three in August.
And the switch is still not installed.
Inertia is my
enemy. I'm working hard at installing the pieces I have before
buying more projects. I have enough parts on hand to keep me busy.
The all too plentiful To-Do's are intimidating. That they are my
fault for having not done the installation irritates my sense of
regard I have made a vow to Finish things. And by finish things I do
not mean that bag of cookies in my locker, nor the chips, candy,
different. And tomorrow I'll show you how to make a healthy pizza
I'd love to hear what you do to prevent inertia.
And, are you like me in acquiring Good Ideas yet not installing same?
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