A confession: The odds on all these jobs getting done (along with the topsides paint job, which really is this year's Number One priority) are slim (some, I admit, even graced last year's list), but one can dream, can't one? In fact, because I'm annually one of the last local sailors to come out of the water, for the practical reason that my boat is blocking all the others I'm also one of the first back in. So my window of opportunity to jump on big projects is short. Not that I have any trouble with that, as some of my best sails every year come in early May or late October, when it seems everyone else has moved on to other things. But my resolve to address boat tasks disappears once she hits the water; from that point on, as long as everything is in good working order, all I want to do is sail.