There are some physical characteristics one should assume prior to engaging in plumbing projects aboard a boat; including, but not limited to, the strength of Sampson, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job. Having three hands would help too, and Gumby's spine. Changing intake valves on a boat is like performing in Circus de Soleil. There are many places on a boat that you can see, and that you can touch, but not at the same time. So your hand is in one compartment, turning a fitting with a wrench, your head is in another compartment, upside down, watching what your hand is doing. Forget knowing which way to turn or leverage, those concepts don't exist on a boat. Anyway the ball valves are in, the thru-hulls are tight; all I need is a little bottom paint and I am ready for a splash. Oh, I installed the batteries and started the engine, it runs perfectly. The easiest thing I ever did, (since Cindy Macaluso in ninth grade,) was winterizing my boat.

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Comment by Kate O Donovan on November 10, 2010 at 8:12am
Just spent the last 15 minutes reading you blog ... I was laughing til the tears streamed down by face! Put my name down for your book when it is printed. Last blog i see was April 27 2010...what has happened ...are you ok? Did you run into Cindy Macaluso again?? Or did you venture down into the bowels of your boat for one last turn on a fitting and will remain there until some unsuspecting dogooder shouts 'wooee ...anyone aboard?' and discovers parts of your tangled skeleton peeping out of 3 compartments. I hope not ... that would mean no more blogs! Prefer to imagine a boat drifting into the sunset to the mellow sounds of a 10 dollar guitar and the dulcid tones of a human being at peace with the world
Comment by Dan Vitale on April 27, 2010 at 9:42pm
Yes, no such person as Cindy Macaluso. I played right field in ninth grade, seldom made it to first base...
Comment by Terri on April 27, 2010 at 9:02pm
Hope you changed the names to protect the "frisky"

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