At least I guess that’s what you’d call it – a shake down sail? We have 3.5 weeks in December that are FREE! Free of work, free of school, free of any obligations. We are heading South!
We don’t really have a plan. I figure with that long we can spend 1 week sailing South – looking for sun, and then redetermine from there. I want to have plenty of time to get back – in case weather doesn’t cooperate, etc, before work starts back up for both of us and school starts back up for me. But I’m really looking forward to getting out and sailing – just the two of us,and our little weenies.
In the meantime, we’re in prep mode! We’ve got the safety netting up for the dogs and it’s working nicely. We picked up a 2nd dog life jacket, so we no longer have to choose which dog gets to live when we go for a sail. And we brought the dinghy to the dock and the motor is working – so we’re mobile! Davits have been ordered (from two different companies! Oops. Got that straightened out though) and will be installed asap.
|Safety netting has been installed around the cockpit to keep the dogs from sliding off when we’re heeling.|
|Not only is the engine here, but we’ve also got it mounted in its home on the stern.|
I’ve started some very basic provisioning (just threw a couple of extra items in the cart when I was at Sam’s the other day…) Here are some more prep items I’d like to accomplish in the very near future:
- A wifi booster – still have no clue which one to go with, but need to get it ordered/installed/learn to use it soon!
- Get the proper lightbulb for the anchor light – I was up the mast this past Sunday to install one, but it turns out to be the wrong one. Mark has ordered the correct one, in LED form, and I’ll get on back up the mast as soon as it arrives. I also need to check out the steaming light to see which bulb it uses, as it is out as well. (we run an LED up the halyard when we anchor, y’all, we don’t just float around all invisible.)~~~~ update here – the crazy looking LED light finally made it from Singapore. Too bad that it, too, is the wrong type of bulb. Another (proper) bulb has been ordered…
- We’d like to get a hand held VHF and need to get some binoculars
- Serious provisioning. This is a test run, so I want to practice provisioning for longer stints. While we will have easily accessible stores along the ICW, relative to being out in the ocean, I want to see if I can provision without needing to count on the stores. But it will be nice to know they’re there for backup!
- The chart plotter may or may not be dead. It went out yesterday mid-sail, but Mark seems to have revived it. Looks like maybe a corroded wire… Hard to believe, right? Corrosion on a boat. Thinking of getting the Navionics app for my phone as a backup. I did not like sailing around without our chart plotter – at least we were in home waters and know the channel/sand bars here.
- Sleeping bags! Holy smokes it got cold here Friday night. Apparently these crazy Canadians brought their native weather with them. We have a heater, but won’t have the luxury at anchor, so we’ll need to bring along a couple of our sleeping bags, just in case.
We are heading to the boat show in Miami in February, so we want to only purchase the necessities for now. We want to see what’s out there before we make any big purchases. I’m thinking we can get so much more for the money, technologically, than could be had when the current systems were purchased in 2007. We’d like to have AIS and radar before we shove off the dock for good. And after we noticed our crazy water consumption this week, maybe a water maker! We’re working on our consumption rates, as well, but we’ll see how that goes. No clue yet where to stick a water maker on this sucker.
Any thoughts/experiences/opinions/suggestions, etc?