The hubby had made a stop by her while he was down in Florida, and we'd gotten reports from the repairman, but I don't think I quite realized the massive amount of work that needed to be done aboard Jus'CrewZen till I climbed down the companionway about 3 weeks ago.
Overwhelming…… I guess this is one of those situations where it's good I don't get overly emotional (well at least about most things). But for a split second I looked around and could imagine myself feeling helpless and just crying. Throwing my arms up in the air, not knowing where to start, and suggesting we just sell her and start over.
But anyone out there who owns a boat, especially those who live on their boat or have lived on their boat know that "that" isn't really an option. You can't just trade in your kid b/c they rolled around in the mud, got sprayed by a skunk, fell in a bucket of black ink and then ran through your house and sat on your white couch. I mean, you may contemplate it, but it's not really an option.
The first day I threw away 4 dock carts full of stuff. All of the carpet was ruined. That wasn't too big of a blow, the carpet was only down b/c the previous owners had glued down the previous carpet to the teak. All of the comforters and bed pillows were ruined. This hit a bit hard. I know it sounds silly, but do you know how hard it is to find pillows to like? Or to find that comforter that is the perfect weight for both summer and winter?
Once I threw away the comforters and bed pillows things got easier. Throwing away all the pillows (except for 2 that had lighthouses on them) on the settees didn't hurt quite so bad. And by the time I started chunking away all the food behind the settees and in the galley, I was almost gleeful.
The first day consisted of throwing and making sure that our bunk was completely clean. I used vinegar to wipe (and re-wipe) every surface that surrounded our bunk. The second day finished wiping down every surface in our cabin. It took a while, and I even broke out the battery powered vacuum to get into all the corners, but it was worth it. The third day was scrubbing the floors, and we're familiar with how much I love that.