Last year, when we noticed that our portlights seemed to be actively funneling rain water into our boat rather than shunting it away, I bought the official window reseal kit from Catalina Direct. I even collected all of the tools that I thought I might need to complete the installation and packed everything into one box, ready to go. I then put that box in my basement among all the other boxes of boat stuff, like the generic crate containing the Ark of the Covenant at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and promptly started wondering where all of those tools went.

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For years, I’ve had these bouts of broken thinking where I imagine that we’re going to quickly knock out some maintenance task and immediately go sailing—to the point where I drive around with the MVS (Minimum Viable Sailing) gear in my truck for days on end. To be clear, this has never worked, but I loaded in the sails, running rigging, and required safety junk anyway.

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