First, because it involved some welding work.
Second, because it involved working in a very tight space.
Third, because it involved plumbing and making holes in the hull !!
However, it needed to be done, we had purchased everything for it and it was only a matter of committing to the project itself.
At anchor, on a cloudy day, Dan started working on this messy and tedious project of installing a wash down pump so he could clean his anchor chain and anchor. He has been bucketing the sh!t out of it for the past 7 years, building muscles and looking good doing it! Nevertheless, it was time for a bit of technology.
Let's be realistic here, when you drop 150 feet of chain in a muddy bottom, inevitably, it comes back up full of mock. The cleaning process involves a lot of muscle work and a dirty deck for sub-optimal results.
Dan never really complained and I did offer - on some occasions - to do the heavy lifting.
This year, it was time to put in some elbow grease and get down to business!
After making some holes to pass the plumbing hoses, Dan spent countless hours with his head stuck in the bilge trying to install 2 pumps and hoses and adaptors in a space not bigger than a glove compartment. With all the various tools and equipment all over the boat, I decided to shut up, not complain and let the man do the work. The clean freak in me was having a fit, but I stayed out of his way and read my book quietly offering my help when needed.
Let's be honest. Would I want to do the work? Hell no! So, if Dan is willing to put himself through this mess for a wash down pump, I will be supportive :-)
With much success, he made it all work and it is with great joy that we lifted the anchor on one sunny day using the windlass and Dan proudly hosing down his chain and anchor with the only effort of applying thumb pressure on the hose gun!