Outfitting chores are sine qua non, but they shouldn't dig into your boating time. I've learned to get my 36-footer ready while the boats in the yard are still bow-to-bow. The key is to have a plan and stick to it. It's that simple. Gather your materials during the week. Shopping on Saturday mornings is a complete waste of valuable work time. By Friday night, have the car packed with tools, extension cords, buffers, paint and brushes, wax, clean rags, empty pails, buckets, a ladder, a vacuum, and anything else you can think of. Then select only the chores that must be done while the boat is out of the water: Recommission the engines, replace zincs on thetrim tabs and rudders, touch up the bottom paint, install the garboard drain plug, and buff wax the hull and transom.