Live Free 2 Sail Fast

PMP & Boat Management

This week I’m sitting in the beginning stages of a class to get my Project Management Professional (PMP) and Agile Certifications with the hope that they help me find a real job after I retire and grow up a bit.  Not sure about the growing up part, but I am retiring in July.  At the same time this week, Tulum V (Integrity) our new to us 51′ Aleutian Ketch is starting to undergo some of the very much-needed TLC.  To the hardcore folks who read this, I apologize.  Some of the work is getting done by professionals because I just don’t have time this week or next to get it all done before she leaves her slip at the boatyard and gets moved to a less convenient marina.  I say this because it’s convenient to have the boat at a boatyard already that’s surrounded by the actual experts who can help with most boat repairs,,,,as opposed to making them drive to another boatyard.  This week I have a refrigeration mechanic looking at our fridges and freezers,  someone is cleaning the oil and grease water out of the bilges and polishing the fuel,  the electrician will work this weekend and next on the various electrical challenges, a fuels mechanic will come look at the overly complex fuel tank return valves and fill valves to tell me if we can simplify the system and I will get recommendations from a mechanic about whether the generator can ever work again or if we should just rip it out.  I’m considering just ripping out the existing generator, capping the fuel lines and turning to a portable generator and simpler watermaker.  So in the end, I’m practicing project management on my own boat project, but kicking myself for not being able to be there to actually work through things as they come up or do that work myself.  It would take me weeks to do this work myself and I’d make a much larger mess, so I often have to weigh how much my time is worth vice the price of hiring experts to get the work correctly and quickly.  Getting things done right is often high on my list,,,,as I’m the first to admit I’m still learning most everything and seem to learn new boat stuff everyday.

Stay with us,,,I’ll be putting my projects on my blog as we go along.

Reality Update from LF2SF

Ok folks, a bit of reality on a couple different things.  Today you’re not going to get a polished, refined writing product.  Tonight you’re going to get an update on things and then in a few more days, you’ll get a couple of cool reviews with pics and I’ll be back up to snuff.  I’m tired already and getting sick again (never fully recovered from this ear thing yet).  The boat sale is still in progress and by the time I write again tonight , we’ll know if we’re still in the deal or if we start looking for another boat.  Weds night at 5pm is my drop-dead date for this deal.  I’m tired of it dragging on.  Once it’s done whether it goes our way or not, I’ll be writing about some great lessons learned from a buyer’s perspective that might help you in the future.  I’m still excited I finally earned my Coast Guard Masters Ticket and in two weeks I start an eight week course to earn my Project Management Professional (PMP) Certificate.  I’d like to be able to write more on this blog and publish the reviews and stories that I’ve outlined on here (but have not fully finished);  but I’ve learned the reality of parenting two tiny kids and the dog takes up a lot of my time.  In case you don’t know,,,,,I’m NOT divorced from Hot Wife,,,,she had to move roughly three hours away when her job moved her.  I support her totally; thus I parent the kids here while she lives on our boat there (until we sold the boat in November).  She will move back onto whatever boat we end up buying,,,,and live there until we take off on our own journey.  I’m proud of her for making the decision to stick with her job and move onto the boat, leaving the kids to the mercy of her sometimes grumpy husband.  A friend reminded me last year that it’s not babysitting,,,,,it’s parenting.  People comment that I’m occasionally controlling and very scheduled with the kids and I agree.  Since my wife isn’t around to help out, I need to have a schedule and stay on things every day to keep the ball rolling with two very young kids, the Great Dane and a full household of things that need to be taken care of.  This is a true reality.  Try it for a month or two-  just you and a 6-year old and an 8-year old, a 130 pound Great Dane and a house on several acres of property that all needs to be maintained and kept up,,,,by you alone.

I don’t need sympathy, I just need to be able to maintain until we sell the house, I retire this summer and we can come back together as a family when we move onto our cruising sailboat.  I will maintain and thrive; as will the family (we’re doing ok).  And, like I’ve written about in a few of the past couple posts, we’ve also decided to throw in a 1/2 Ironman in July just after I retire,,,,,for good measure to keep us busy.  You should probably tell all of your friends to follow this blog to see if we crash and burn,,,,or actually pull it off. 

PS:  My wife once got a really big anchor for Christmas, do you think she’d like a really big shiny new one for Valentine’s Day?