Finally the boat is emptied, winterized with charcoal
briquettes in the lockers and Bounce dryer sheets scattered around in the cabin to keep it relatively
fresh below. At last it was ready to be moved alongside the house and covered
for the duration.
I recently had problems with the Blazer — the rear
shocks needed to be replaced desperately. My parts order arrived on
Wednesday; I had them installed on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. The
roofer advised that the boat wouldn't be in his way when he shows up to
fix the roof. This morning I hooked up the trailer to the stabilized
Blazer and moved the boat. I called my neighbor, Bob Donovan the
contractor; told him the front steps are clear and ready for his crew to
go to work replacing them.
firewood racks are stacked and covered — the wood stove is becoming more
necessary on a daily basis, at least in the mornings and at night.
Winter is approaching for sure; I'm cutting it close this year getting
the boat covered before the first snow.
As I did last fall, I
cancelled the boat insurance for the winter as of November 1st
— why pay for six months of insurance while
the boat's parked in my yard? The agent's argument is I should have
coverage if a tree falls on it. I told her it won't be parked under any
trees. Ask me about the insurance coverage scam up here in the north on
an empty wintered boat parked on land in your backyard some time!
Before I was done today, I pulled out the PVC skeleton
frame from its summer resting place behind the house and covered the
boat with it. The wind was blowing strong today —
out of the west gusting to 33 mph — so I
put off trying to cover it with its large tarps until tomorrow.
(Nov, 24, 2012)