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Waterline | Word of the Week

Friday, November 18, 2016S.V. CAMBRIA


This week my word is . . .

Waterline
And ours is rising fast. For those who don’t know, David and I decided that we’re ready to sell Cambria and start a new adventure. But before we can do that, we want to make sure the boat is in top-notch condition – point-of-pride jobs, we call them. One of those jobs is painting the bilges. Our bilges are dry and useful storage areas so, to help facilitate that, we needed to clear them out.

We always knew we wanted to take everything off the boat that doesn’t go with it before we officially put it on the market to help avoid any potential disappointment and/or misrepresentations. Nothing major, mind you. But there are things aboard that have some sentimental value – a sextant I bought David for our first Christmas together, nautical books that were given as gifts, souvenirs from our travels. And things we don’t want to buy all over again when we find our next boat – tools, PFDs, some appliances.

But somewhere along the way we decided if we were going to pay for a storage unit, we might as well make the best use of it and that everything that we’re not using must go – sails, spares, boat bits and pieces. We haven’t finished offloading yet. There’s still the forward and cockpit lazarettes to go through . . . and the dreaded “shed” (I can’t even remember what we have stowed in there). But with every passing day, load after load of stuff comes off the boat. And as our waterline rises, our storage unit fills up.

What about you? What word sums up your week? Join the conversation below in the comments section or on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

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11 comments

  1. That's quite a change in your waterline :-) I love the correlation between the storage unit and the waterline.

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    1. After seeing the difference in the waterline, I was sure the new storage unit was going to be completely full. But, as luck would have it, there's plenty of room for the rest of the stuff that's still lurking aboard.

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  2. That is a different waterline! You're clearly being very productive, best of luck with the dreaded 'shed'! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

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    1. Thanks. Yes, there have been a fair share of busy days around here, but we're nearly there now!

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  3. The only thing I have seen happen to cruising boats (especially ours), is a higher waterline and having to "raise" it by adding an extra few inches of barrier coat and paint! :-) I love how your waterline lowers and your piles raise in the storage unit. The word of the week theme is a good one for Fridays! My word would be suffering. At least that is how I feel each time I go to a class at a yoga studio around here. Or, embarrassing. That might be an even better word, since I am out of shape and a beginning yogi, unlike all the others. Luckily, I will never see any of them again in my life after I leave here... :-) Oh, and did I mention this is heated yoga with a room that is 100+ degrees and that I hate sweating. Yeah....

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    1. Suffering is right! I was just going to take a look at the schedule of classes they're offering at the community center here in Kingston when I read you're post . . . I think I'll scratch hot yoga off my list of possibilities. But isn't it great how empowering a nomadic lifestyle can be. I can't tell you how many times I've used the thought that I'll never see these people again to work up the nerve to do something like that.

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    2. Power to us, nomads! :-)

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  4. Sounds rather sad that you are retiring your old passion. May your new found passion be all that you want and more. #WotW

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    1. Thanks, Helena. It's definitely going to be a sad day when Cambria sells.

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  5. Wow! Quite a difference. You must be really beavering away non-stop. I noticed today that our waterline is quite high, even though we still have extra water and fuel onboard from our passage. Mr. Science reminded me that it is because we are in very salty salt water for the first time in a while.

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    1. Funnily enough, I feel like I haven't made any progress at all -- there's still piles and piles of stuff all over the boat and I have no idea where it all came from or where it all goes. I swear, this boat must eat gear for breakfast!

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