A Goat Rope

23 Feb

When I was flying airplanes, sometimes things could get a bit messed up and confused.  Now, I’m not saying that I was messed up or confused (heaven forbid!), but, occasionally situations would arise that would need to be untangled (too many aircraft in too small an area, or some airplane wandering where it shouldn’t be, or too many people with too many conflicting opinions, etc.).  We used to call this kind of situation “a goat rope” (don’t ask me why it was called “a goat rope” – maybe a bunch of goats all tied to one rope have a tendency to go in various and conflicting directions).  I was reminded of this today.

…and, not in the way you’re thinking, either! We (as in Boyd, Terry, Koko and I) are actually simpatico regarding Bushranger’s future.  The direction is clear, the path is evolving nicely, and we WILL get there in the foreseeable future.

So, the ‘goat rope’ that I saw today was Bushranger’s old electrical system.  What a mess. So many wires, old and poorly organized, meandering here, there and everywhere. There were wires to components that had not seen active duty in years. There were wires just hanging there, not attached to anything.

Boyd, Terry and Donny spent the day tracing all the wires through Bushranger’s hull; discovering which were ‘live’ and which were ‘trash’. They pulled, yanked, and finessed useless or decrepit wires out of Bushranger, making room for her upcoming electrical rejuvenation.

She now stands ready for a good bilge scrubbing (there are a few lumps and bumps that need to be filed by my chief mechanic/swabby Boyd), followed by a bit of painting (my swabby tells me that we may use the Aqua Marina guys to do the actually bilge painting – which is fine by me (it is stinky and exhausting work)).

Next on the agenda, Captain Boyd is designing/ordering the new holding tank…but not tonight! Tonight we are off to visit two new friends, Truus and Stephen Sharp, and their boat ‘Key of D’ (all you music majors out there understand the name of their boat, don’t you? …they are a couple of Sharps (##) above the sea (‘C’)…very clever, don’t ya’ think!). Truuc is making Indonesian food, and we don’t want to be too late. So, signing off for now.

2 Responses to “A Goat Rope”

  1. Paul Kinghorne February 24, 2012 at 01:36 #

    A less polite term but more nautical is a ‘bunch of b..tards’

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