You Haven’t Done Nothin’

We are amazed but not amused
By all the things you say that you’ll do
Though much concerned but not involved
With decisions that are made by you

But we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothing

It’s not too cool to be ridiculed
But you brought this upon yourself
The world is tired of pacifiers
We want the truth and nothing else, yeah

And we are sick and tired of hearing your song
Telling how you are gonna change right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothing

Jackson 5 join along with me say doo doo wop
Hey hey hey, doo doo wop
Wow wow wow, doo doo wop
Hm hm hm, doo doo wop
Co co co, doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop

We would not care to wake up to the nightmare
That’s becoming real life
But when mislead, who knows a person’s mind
Can turn as cold as ice un hum

Why do you keep on making us hear your song
Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothing

Yeah, na, na, nothing

Jackson 5 sing along again say doo doo wop
Hey hey hey, doo doo wop
Oh, doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
Sing it, baby, doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
Hm-mm, sing it loud now, for your people, sing doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop, better come and say doo doo wop
Co co co, doo doo wop
Oh, doo doo wop
Bum bum bum, doo doo wop
Doo doo wop
Doo doo wop

You Haven’t Done Nothin’ – Stevie Wonder

I went to the boat yard today to check on the shrink wrapping job that will keep my future home safe and dry for the coming Maine winter. I met with Henry, the resident expert and overall manager, and discussed my plans for the refit and any changes he thought would give me the best results. Even though I have read and watched just about everything on the web, or so it feels, I think it wise to speak directly with someone who has been there. Real world experience trumps books and video’s in my mind, and our conversation was quite fruitful.

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Blue Sea Power Panel

Most of my plans have not changed, but some have been modified or adjusted based on Henry’s vast knowledge and I am ready for the upcoming season of work. I now have a contact with a marine electrical contractor that will help me design and install the new system for my boat including the solar charging system. Ripping out the old wire along with the old plumbing will be my first project in the spring followed by reinforcing the front deck for the anchor windlass.

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Brass Seacock

Cutting new access holes in the fiberglass liner and creating covers will give me much needed room to get to areas where new through hull seacocks will be installed.  In an emergency you need fast access to the seacocks to stop any flow of water into the boat. These new ones will be securely attached and provide years of service. Once these are in place the new head and holding tank can be installed, then the new water tanks and Pex tubing runs to new fixtures at the sinks and the cockpit shower. I will have a pressurized system with foot pumps for saltwater and freshwater as a backup. If there’s one thing I have learned after all my reading, everything will break eventually so backups are critical.

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Rubber Butyl Tape

I have a month of storage reserved inside next summer so I can remove all the deck hardware, assess and repair any soft spots due to de-lamination on the deck, followed by bedding of the hardware with butyl tape, a soft rubber like compound that stays soft and sticky for decades, sealing the deck from leaks. I will purchase new opening port-lights that are made of stainless steel to replace the fixed ones made of plastic, and reseal the large fixed windows in the main salon. I may repaint the deck if I have the time and funds, but the important items come first. The interior must stay dry!

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Sta-lok Fittings

The standing rigging, (the wires that hold up the mast), will be a project I will take on next. To pay a company for this service could cost in excess of $5000.00. If I tackle it myself it should be less than half that. Sta-lok fittings can be used with simple hand tools and stainless steel wire can be purchased by the foot. I can use the old rigging as a guide for the new. I will keep the old as backup, just in case!

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Enclosed Dodger And Bimini

The dodger and bimini are one of the biggest costs in this refit, possibly up to $7000.00, but it’s something I can’t do. On a small boat every piece of real estate is important so having the cockpit enclosed gives me another salon in the sun! The davits for my dingy can be purchased and installed by me with little difficulty, and then I will be left with a myriad of small tasks to complete the work.

These are the major items needed to make the boat safe and secure, the rest including the galley will be the items to make it livable. I’m putting everything I have into this project. All my hopes and fears, every spare penny, and soon to be much blood sweat and tears. I will let nothing stand in my way, I will suffer any trial. I am determined to see this through and reach my goal of true independence. Unlike the politicians of this great country, I will follow through with what I say. Isn’t that right Mr Stevie Wonder!

Why do you keep on making us hear your song
Telling us how you are changing right from wrong
‘Cause if you really want to hear our views
You haven’t done nothing!

 

 

11 thoughts on “You Haven’t Done Nothin’

  1. In the end, it seems we can rely on no-one but ourselves. But when ourself is determined and skilled and willing to listen and learn the things we don’t know then we can move mountains – or at least we can make our own personal dreams come true. I know who I would rather have in charge …. ⛵️

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  2. I went and got a bite to eat when we hung up and WaLa, my emails came thru 😊
    Looking forward to the spring unwrapping and hopefully with hands that won’t let you down..
    Hope I make it in for dinner tomorrow, I will be ordering the fajitas !

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  3. Water through Pex tubing loses lots of heat en-route. Make sure water heating source is VERY close to where hot water gets used. Do not be totally dependent on electronic navigation. Keep a real compass on your panel.

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    1. The water heater will be right under the cockpit shower. No hot anywhere else. And you right, I have 2 compass and I am purchasing a sextant!

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