“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Epic To-Do List

From our 1 year and counting post.

Fall 2014

  1. Standing Rigging Inspection (Scheduled for Early April)
  2. Temporary Electrical Panel
  3. Strip Canvas & Sails
  4. Pull Inflatable
  5. Frame for Shrink Wrap
  6. Order Heater & Dehumidifier
  7. Change Head Intake Plumbing & Fix Leak on Head
  8. Propane Tank Inspection
  9. Change Oil & Winterize Engine
  10. Disconnect & Drain Stern Shower
  11. Bottom Cleaned & Zincs Replaced
  12. Fish Zinc for Winter

Winter 2014-2015

  1. Install Tank Sensors on Holding Tank & Water Tank (about half done)
  2. Install Fishing Rod Holder below deck
  3. Bottom Paint Inflatable (might not do)
  4. Rewiring in Bilge
  5. Remove Bilge Pump Check Valve Housing
  6. Upgrade Bilge Pump System (might become an on the way item)
  7. Tune Up Outboard (engine is in many pieces, waiting on parts)
  8. Cockpit Table Upgrade
  9. Read Bruce Van Sant’s The Gentleman’s Guide to Passages South: The Thronless Path to Windward
  10. Rebuild Winches
  11. Repack & Inventory Ditch Bag
  12. Finish First Aid Kits
  13. Inventory Tools & Spares
  14. Anchor Light Plan
  15. Install Inverter (Dedicated Outlet (?)
  16. Install 12 volt outlet at Helm
  17. Install iPad mount at Helm
  18. Install LED lights in cockpit (?)
  19. Check Steering Cables
  20. Fix Forward Hatch Leak(s)
  21. Wax/Polish Portals
  22. Put Shelves in Hanging Locker
  23. Put Shelves in Cabinets In Galley (?)
  24. Mainsail Cleaned & Inspected
  25. New Light for Forward Berth Area
  26. Lube Head Pump
  27. Bimini Patch & Reinforce or Replacement (my Bride has this project as far as we can go until the wrap comes off and we can check the fit)
  28. Make Jerry Can Holding System (we have the  Jerry Cans, now the holding system)
  29. Install Wheels on Inflatable (Going with new dinghy anchor plan, post to come)
  30. Install Refer Thermometer
  31. Take First Aid/Survival Course
  32. Test Galvanic Isolator
  33. Make better bug screens for hatches
  34. Make sun/rain shade for front hatch
  35. Make Fender Holders
  36. Install Stern Anchor and Line Holder (new)
  37. Get Captain’s Licenses (In progress and the Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4 hours a night thing is getting tough)
  38. Install the Sonarphone from Navionics
  39. Replace Halyards (new)
  40. Inflatable leak fixed (new)
  41. Replace Macerator Pump (new)

Spring to Summer 2015

  1. Gelcoat Repair on Port Stern Corner
  2. Gelcoat Repair on Windchaser
  3. Wax Hull
  4. Practice Heave To and Reefing
  5. Setup Reefing Marks on Furling Line
  6. Anchor Snubber/Swale Bridle
  7. Add Anchor Chain or system to prevent keel wrap (new)
  8. Practice Anchoring
  9. Install Solar Panels (about 1/3 done)
  10. New Access Hatch for Emergency Rudder
  11. Install Port Visors (2 or 4?)
  12. Install Saltwater Wash-Down System for Anchor
  13. Install New Life Lines (?)
  14. Get ICW Guide & Bahamas Charts
  15. Figure out preventer or boom break

Fall 2015

  1. Fill Parts & Supplies Inventory
  2. Check Dates on Flares
  3. Summer Vet Checkup & Get Full Copy of Vet Record
  4. Apply for Bahamas Import Permit for Summer
  5. Quit Jobs!
  6. Empty Storage
  7. Close PO Box
  8. Donate or store work clothes
  9. Sell Car

So most of this stuff got completed. But not everything by far. The boat is never done and it will always be a work in progress.


11 thoughts on “Epic To-Do List

  1. Guys, discovered your blog a few months ago and have been following your preparations. We are looking towards a similar adventure. We have been restoring our Westsail 42, Harmony, from an abused condition in Marion, MA. While our to-do list included many of your components, it also required a few more fun areas. Anyway, we hope to get our adventures underway next year and follow a similar coastal migration of sorts. Since we are almost neighbors, it would be great to share ideas and/or considerations. Hesitate to reach out! Love what you’re doing, please keep it up! Fair Winds and Following Seas! Doug

  2. Hey Doug,

    Thanks for reading. It’s been a busy fall into winter, I meant to reply before now.

    What kind of upgrades are you doing to Harmony? I always love to share ideas and bounce things off of people. I just ordered my solar panels. Should actually be in today. So I should have some updates soon on that project.


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  6. Haha, a sailor’s “to do” list never ends!

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  8. Hi Jesse. 2 Old Pirates here. From Toronto Canada. Been checking out you website. GREAT. Looking at some of your engine pictures and I noticed that you have a tapered K&N Air Intake. I’m replacing mine and wondered if you have the model # by chance.

    Just started to build a cover like yours at the back of the engine. Great idea. Make working and inspecting the engine easier.

    I’m looking at a few other projects in advance. The piping your used for the exhaust. What type was it? Is it the type you use in hot water commercial systems.

    Nice to hear your having a great time down south.

    2 Old Pirates (Douglas)
    Catalina 310 2003

  9. Thanks Jesse. Was able to pick up a Air Filter last night. Appreciate the feed back.


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