Remember in last post how I laid out this 6 step plan to efficiently prep and move onboard? The actual process went differently…
Clean-I actually was able to do a lot of cleaning before gear came on board so checklist item #1-complete!
Salon cupboard (water pump and accumulator plus lots of empty space)
And step #2 was to evaluate the spaces so I’m counting that complete also; however, the existing mountain of bins were mostly for the 1160 and the 1260 is just a little bit bigger. I made adjustments but I might be making them for awhile…
The great galley bin shuffle!
In order, next steps were: boat gear, galley, beds and clothes…
In the end, clothes came first. We are living aboard now so we grabbed our bags from the camper and stuffed them in our bedroom. The guitars are still looking for their “spot” but they float from the small bedroom to our bed when guests are onboard. So last step became first here.
Next, we finished installing the air conditioning covers in both forward staterooms; so after I cleaned up, I made the beds. We needed a place to sleep and our daughter was coming and I wanted her room ready.
Well, we are living onboard so food would be nice…we empty the camper, buy fresh stores and I sort and store all the galley gear.
The remaining cupboards have dishes, pots, pans, baggies, cooking stuff and deep storage pantry refill stuff.
Last came the boat stuff. With a new boat, this “category” was woefully small. The good news is that space is available as we slowly accumulate all the spare parts, special tools and offshore gear that came with a used boat.
All the boat stuff is stored amidship in the port hull. There are also lower cabinets outboard for larger bins which contain saws, drills, bolt cutters and other tools that aren’t needed often. Since the cabinet in the head has the water maker, the lower cabinet closest to the head has extra toiletries and the first aid kit.
So that’s it! In the end, it all came aboard, just not as I planned. What was duplicated or didn’t fit went back to storage.
Next, we are outfitting for crossing the Gulf Stream, headed to The Bahamas!