|Pat & Janet come down from Seattle!|
But back to that list – for those of you that care, here are some of the things we’ve accomplished in the last few weeks….
- Service the water maker and rebuild the housing (thanks for the help Les!)
- Re-caulked our windows (small leaks)
- Re-caulked the V-berth hatch – big leak!
- Install switch for solar panels so we can turn them off when transmitting on the SSB (lowering radio interference)
- Set up getting weather information via our sat phone
- Change the oil on both outboards, genset and main engine
- “Winterize” and stow the outboards
- Defrost the fridge and freezer
- Cook meals for at least ½ the passage
- Package up our winter cloths for storage
- Organize and catalog all charts and spare parts
- Service and install new line on our furler
- Fix our engine driven refrigeration (AGAIN)
- Change out all fuel filters
- Install a priming pump for the main engine
- Swapp out the fuel filtering system for the main genset
Frankly there was a LOT more than that, but that should give you a good idea of the types of stuff one does before a huge trip like this.
|Thankfully no one was hurt...|
|Provisioning gone wild!|
|Holding our official Zarpa - time to leave!|
So! Now it’s time to make this huge journey of just over 2800 miles going approximately 6 miles per hour. We are hoping it will take around 21 days to get there. For me, it’s been a roller coaster of emotions these past few weeks. Fear of the unknown and of being at sea for such a long time. Excitement at the thought of doing something so BIG and getting to enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in the entire world from the comfort of my own home. Sadness that I’ll soon be REALLY far away from all my family and friends (who are currently just a short plane ride away), but also looking forward to seeing all the new friends we’ve met that are also making the crossing. But feeling all of these things is what lets me know I am alive and living my life to the fullest in this moment – so I welcome the good AND the bad days…..but I sure do prefer the good ones!
Here’s hoping for fair winds and following seas!