Re: My last little bit of planning
Your handheld VHF isn't going to give you reliable coverage in a lot of places so you won't have current weather reports. Any way to install a fixed radio with antenna on top of the mast? Wouldn't cost much, bit of a job.
Strongly recommend the 350' stern tie line, you won't regret having it. We use cheap, sinking, crab line. Not the best but it's tough and I buy 1800' spools for prawning anyway. I think Lummi Fishing Supply (LFS, Bellingham) sells it by the foot.
Navionics for Iphone, +.
Ports and Passes, +.
Dreamspeaker cruising guides,+.
Stopping by Blakely Island Marina for a latte and ice cream cone (or draft beer) and going over the charts, anchorages, etc with me, ++.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse