Friday, August 1, 2014

What about that boat baby?

We are putting in some serious time in our big push to get many items ticked off our list  and to get the boat ready to sail before late August. Why late August? That is when the temperatures become absolutely unbearable. There is about a 2-3 week window just before September when the temperatures go nuts just before they return to a sane 90 Fahrenheit or so. We work in the early morning until about lunch time, when we knock off until after 3 when things cool down a bit and then we are back at it until dinner sometimes around 7:30 or so.

My friend Cindy asked me what Kitty was up to while we are putting in the sweat equity. Well, since you asked...

Kitty goes with us everywhere. She has several jobs she takes very seriously. The first is to be the resident Dock Star. Nobody walks by without a hello from her and a lightening fast barrage of questions ranging from "are you working on a project?" to "what is your boat name?" to "do you like cotton candy?" to "who is your favorite My Little Pony" and everything in between.

Kitty manages to squeeze in a work out every day. This is because there is rigging on the boom which is just the perfect height to work on chin ups and inversions.

When we head back to the workshop to work on projects, Kitty is right beside us ready to work on her own. She is a little annoyed that she has to share our tools as she wants her own "sparkle pink" tools and could she PLEASE get her own drill, a real one.

Our evenings are spent taking her for a swim, or a walk or just watching her perform her latest song and dance routine. She seems to take it all in stride. Mainly because she is absolutely part of the action. Every time her dad declares a project complete she asks the same question "are we going sailing now?" Soon sweet Kitty. Very, very soon.


  1. I love the last pic. Adorable!


    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  2. Maybe you can give Kitty a cheapo electric screwdriver of low voltage? I know those six-volt ones are pretty feeble, but a kid can work them. Either that or give her a job like "finishing" pre-drilled trim that you put in 2/3rd of the screw set, and she can turn the final turns by hand with a smaller screwdriver. Why, yes, I have had a child as a helper.

    1. SHe is about 6 months away from her own drill. She just needs to be a little bit bigger. keep in mind she is the size of a dainty 3 year old so its a weight issue more than anything- drills are heavy for wee peeps!

  3. Fantastic lil girl you got there. If/when I have kids, I'd like them to help any way they can so they can learn more about the world.

  4. great photos!

    Our daughter is a bit younger she has a little plastic hammer she uses to help daddy with boat jobs.

  5. So, so, sooooooo adorable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What about an electric screwdriver? You can use them with drill bits and they're lighter.