I would like to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas!

Hopefully, you have all got everything organised to make your Christmas celebrations go well. Also, that you have dropped enough hints to friends and family as to what to get you for the forthcoming boating season!

Please use the holiday period to relax and recharge your batteries before you return in the new year to all those things that need doing. Which leads me neatly onto your new years list. Start writing your new year to-do list over the holidays. At this stage it could just be a wish list. In other words a list of all the things you would want to complete this year. Once you have written your wish list, take another look at it and get realistic!

How many of the things on your list can you really achieve this coming year? So score off the impossible ones. Then look at the rest and try and identify when it would be possible to complete them. Some could be done in January; some in February etc. Try and spread each job over a period of weeks and months so you are not left with too much to do before the season starts.

The best way to organise this would be a timetable of activities to complete. Be realistic and allow enough time to do each job to a good standard. Or if you need a professional to do it allow them time as well. Make a note to phone and book the job for a convenient time for you and the professional. At this point try and get a quote for doing the job – this will allow you time to save money for it if this is required.

Jobs like servicing the engine(s) can be expensive – so booking a service for the first week in April will give you 4 months to put aside money to meet the bill! On this topic of money – look for the time and place of the next nearest Boat Jumble – so you can plan a visit with your boating list. There will be loads of things you can pick up cheaply at the Boat Jumble that would cost a lot more in the Chandlers shop.

If you have been lucky enough to be given a boating present that needs to be installed on the boat, this is the time to plan its’ installation.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas to think about during the holidays. Once again I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!