Life is Like My Cabin Cruiser

Humble Beginnings

Humble Beginning of a journey of complete stripping out everything inside of Cabin Cruiser and begin extensive repairs, replacing and painting
Humble Beginning of a journey of complete stripping out everything inside of Cabin Cruiser and begin extensive repairs, replacing and painting
Three years of ocean growth with star fish, crabs, sea weed and many "unknowns!"
Three years of ocean growth with starfish, crabs, sea weed and many "unknowns!"

Life is Like a Cabin Cruiser

My three-month, seven-days-a-week self-inflicted ordeal of retrofitting, and updating my 28-foot Cabin Cruiser mirrors my life. One of my goals in life is to be the best I can be. Sometimes I need repairs and updates. Parts of me have shown signs of “aging.” My cabin cruiser is 40 years old and despite looking good, her parts were in need of repair and or replacements. I am 66, act, and feel as if I were 16 years old… My cabin cruiser has lots of life left in her. She needed an extreme make-over! Recovering from my latest knee surgery, after my back surgery, I shared a bond of things could be better.

The abandoned cabin cruiser had been bobbing up and down in the ocean at Port San Luis in Avila Beach for three years. Its owner had died and others had stripped away its dignity. The engine and hull were in outstanding shape. The rest was in dire need of repairs and replacements. The cabin cruiser had a good foundation to work and build upon.

I am attracted to challenges. This cabin cruiser presented an opportunity to learn about the art and practice of repairing and updating boats. I am a life learner and jumped at this opportunity. I constantly update and repair myself and wanted to apply my energies to making my cabin cruiser better.

Boats in general are known as a “hole-in-the-water where you throw your money into.” My boat is no exception. Despite my best efforts, she seduced me into spending much more than I had budgeted.

I learned what dry rot is. I learned it is like cancer. Perhaps a small area on the top side looks bad to discover after much exploring, digging, and I would find a large area of dry rot that must be replaced. Dry rot is unique. It is integrated into the surrounding areas and must be treated and/or replaced.

I learned how to operate a sander over my head for three weeks bring to life a tired old lady into a youthful, spirited shiny cabin cruiser.

Our bond grew as we got to know each other. I noticed my hand would caress her I sanded. She understood. Each time I sanded, primer painted and sanded again (six times total), she began to look like a new proud cabin cruiser.

My cabin cruiser knew she was in good hands. She begin to look better, She asked for a new name, I named her after my mother: “Glenda Fae.” Both ladies were happy. I will launch her June 12, 2011 to her home in the blue waters of Port San Luis in Avila Bay, California . Her engines purrs and her all new electronics enable her to communicate globally and tell me everything I need to know. I look forward to sharing my cabin cruiser sunsets with my other love, Connie is the young lady in my picture. My Cabin Cruiser, "Glenda Fae," Connie and I are all in love!

More Sailing... this time on a bamboo raft from Fiji to Sydney... or down Sacramento river to San Francisco:

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-sail-free-from-Fiji-to-Sydney

http://hubpages.com/hub/Sacramento-River-July-4th-Weekend-on-a-Raft-To-San-Francisco

See Completed Cabin Cruiser!

http://hubpages.com/hub/Life-is-Like-My-Cabin-Cruiser-From-Rags-to-Riches-I-get-to-Decide-What-is-Rich

600 Mile Ocean Trip With My Mom:

http://dallas93444.hubpages.com/hub/cabin-cruiser-ocean-odyssey


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FishAreFriends 5 years ago from Colorado

That's a pretty amazing story... look at all that growth!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

FishAreFriends,

It took hours to get off the barnacles. The ground was teeming with live stuff... After initial scraping, used high pressure washer.... Then hours and hours of sanding... Finish now looks new!


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

Thank you for sharing the story of your boat. You gave her a new life and a new name. May your voyages bring you happiness.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Tom Rubenoff,

Thanks! I am learning the "voyage" is more important than the destination... life is a process!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I think we all find adjustments and changes as we go through lofe. If we are not changing we are not living.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

dahoglund,

I agree. Life is like driving a car. We constantly correct the steering wheel. the key is to select goals and enjoy the process of obtaining those goals.


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

I have a horse that's a lot like your boat. A lot of work for the reward of getting it done! Pix of boat bottom amazing! Nice hub!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

northweststarr,

Our passions are not limited to the logical realm of "common sense!" I have a challenge of being "goal oriented." I want to become "process oriented..." The boat is an example of being goal oriented... Life is a balance of both...


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Well said, Dallas. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems the boat can tip a bit this way or that. Or, in some cases completely capsize. Too many people focus on owning a finished boat, and don't want to put the effort into obtaining that end... Now, I think that made sense. TY for the fan mail!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

northweststarr

Life is a process... then you die!

Fall down seven times, get up eight times: be resilient -

I was born with nothing and I still have most of it... yet I was born with everything I need.

...Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

Life is what you do with the "Dash." The things you do between the date you were born and the "dash" before you die...


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northweststarr 5 years ago from Washington State

Good philosophy, excellent hub! Will be watching you!

Now, Must Dash!!! Mwah!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

northweststarr

Follow your dreams...


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Wonderful hub dallas! " I was born with nothing and I still have most of it... yet I was born with everything I need." and " Everybody dies but not everybody lives", you left in your comments. These are both going on my refrigerator first thing in the morning. Thanks for the super lesson. UP and awesome.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

vocalcoach,

Now you know why I have been absent! Thanks for the comments!


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KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

You remind me of a writer friend of mine. Have you read Stuart Woods? Don't worry, from me that is a high compliment. I adore him.

- KT


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

KT Banks,

Have not read Stuart Woods. What style of writing does he use? What do we do that is similar? I have an "inquiring mind."


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice hub, buddy and very well written. I love the pictures above. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

prasetio30,.

Thanks for your comments!


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KDee411 4 years ago from Bay Area, California

Sounds like your in for a great summer out on Glenda Fae ( what a lovely name.) Your mother would be honored.

I Love your writings, I've read you on Nellieanna and have been intrigued As I am with Nellie.

She has became one of my bestest friends, her and Vincent Moore. Now I have another. Thanks for the quotes. and Kt banks I'll ck you out girl and see what this Stuart guy has to say.

Nice meeting you all . Hello Buddy Dahoglund. Kay


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dallas93444 4 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

KDee411

Life is what we do while we make plans! Nellieanna has the essence of life spark in her soul. Thanks for your comments!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

We have an old sailboat and I know the work it takes to keep it working well. Great Hub and enjoyed reading.


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dallas93444 3 years ago from Bakersfield, CA Author

Thanks! Life is a process.. then we die!

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