Anyone who has ever owned a boat knows that they require constant repairs. Wind, water, sun, docking miscues and other operator errors all plot to keep the To-Do list growing. Add to that the owner's wish list of improvements and upgrades and you have a work list that runs off the first page.
The first items we put on our To-Do list are ALL the jobs from the previous list that we never got around to. You just have to remember that the list will never come to an actual end. It just keeps regenerating itself. So carry over items are just a fact of life in boat maintenance. Two years ago our To-Do list was so long that we assigned a priority level to each item. 'A' for high priority, 'B' for medium priority, 'C' for really don't need to do this but it is pretty cool and I'll probably do it first.
Last winter when we adopted Wrinkles, we once again had a pretty good sized To-Do list. She had been in a slip in Florida since she was new (1988) and the lines, fabric and wood all needed upgrading. Here is a copy of the list we put together at that time.
Com-Pac 23/3 To-Do List
Mast raising system DONE
Straps on bimini DONE
Replace halyards. DONE
Add battery DONE
Wind vane DONE
Mast light DONE
Sew jib sacrificial
Varnish wood DONE
Lunch anchor mount
V-berth cushion and sheets DONE
Cooler sized to fit under v-berth DONE
Interior wood cleaning DONE
Winch lube DONE
Clean KINDA DONE
Order Wrinkles logo and hull #'s INSTALLED
Ladder steps(add wood) DONE
Depth sensor DONE
Add fourth posts to bunks on trailer
Fix trailer winch strap DONE
Tongue jack replacement DONE
Mast electrical upgrade WIRES IN, NEEDS NEW DECK FITTINGS
Spreader boots DONE
Quick tensioner on back stay
Quick connects for forward shrouds
Nicro fan cover
Fix gel coat by stern quarter PAINTED BOAT
Hatch trim and screen
Hey, we did pretty good on that list! We also did quite a few other jobs on Wrinkles that weren't on this list. Our wish list also contributed a new main sail, new Bimini cover (made on B's new heavy duty sewing machine) and a nice 12 volt fan in the cabin. So, when we picked her up she looked like this.