Tuesday, July 7, 2015

First Blog Post

Well, this is the first post on our Sailing Intermezzo blog which will attempt to chronicle our "sailing sabbatical".

On Monday I officially transitioned from full time to part time, "as-needed" employment so that I can focus on getting the boat ready. This is a big change in lifestyle and I'm feeling a bit unsettled, but I'm sure it will feel more comfortable with time. Keeping busy with boat projects helps.  Renee is still working full time but also diligently working on projects to get the house ready for the tenants/caretakers who will occupy it while we're away.

Among the dozens and dozens of items on the "To Do" list, the critical boat projects to get completed over the next two months are:

  • Get our anchors and ground tackle sorted out so we can sleep at night and leave the boat "on the hook" with confidence.
  • Install our storm drogue system to weather if we are ever caught out in the worst "oh shit" conditions.
  • Set up our satellite communications system to receive weather updates, stay in touch and let people know where we are and for emergency communications.
  • Install an inverter so that we have AC power on board for computers, tools, etc. (and to make espresso and blended drinks).
  • Install a watermaker to convert saltwater to fresh for drinking and showers.
  • Install a solar array to power the inverter and watermaker.

I'm working on first two items over the next few weeks.

I'm also selling a lot of used boat gear and other stuff we don't need to lighten up, declutter, purge and offset the costs of new stuff we do need.

Next week we're taking a short cruise to the Delta to enjoy anchoring out and swimming in warm, fresh water. I'm determined to make progress on the "To Do" list while there.