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Getting Her Ready

So we're getting ready for the south Pacific and here's what we've done so far...

Bought bosun’s chair, climbed mast and replaced lights
Bought and installed bimini
Bought and installed dodger
Bought spare oil and coolant
Bought spare gas can for gas generator
Bought 80 amp alternator (current is 60 amp)
Bought wind generator and waiting on hardware for install
Bought and installed steering pedestal guard
Bought storage containers and organized pantry, spare parts and tools
Bought and installed autopilot
Bought and installed windlass
Bought and installed refrigeration
Bought and installed AIS receiver for computer
Bought radar and will finish installation next time up mast
Installed chart and route planning software, downloaded charts for Pacific
Installed Garmin GPS/depth
Bought weather fax software, installed, tested
Bought Ham radio for communications
Installed rigid boom vang
Bought and installed oil lamp in salon
Bought solar panels and will install
Bought and installed hammocks for additional storage
Modified and installed larger propane tank
Bought small welder for use as needed
Bought and installed 2200 watt inverter
Bought hot water heater to engine kit
Bought spare fishing tackle
Bought spear gun
Bought LED lighting

Things still on our list are:

Buy and install watermaker
Buy and install additional house battery

We have done a lot of upgrades that were not directly connected to my requirements on my “before we leave” list. Some of those are:

Bought and installed holding tank and macerator
Replaced heater element in hot water heater
Installed new galley faucet
Bought and installed shower sump
Installed new shower head
Cleaned and painted bilge
Painted all bulkheads to get rid of the 1970’s fake wood
Cut out storage behind settee and hinged seat back
Installed new stereo
Installed new flat panel TV

Staples we keep aboard are as follows:

Several hundred pounds of rice and beans
Several cases of cans of beans, corn, tomatoes, soups, greens, meats
Bread maker and many pounds of ingredients for bread
30 day’s supply of cup o soup, cereal, dried milk, coffee, tea and green tea
Many spices

Concerns for the voyage are:

Condition of sails
May need additional water tank even with watermaker
Through hulls need to be checked
Cutlass bearing needs to be changed
Additional chain for anchor

Capt'n Tom Living Aboard 50/50

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1976 41' Morgan Out Island Sloop. Refitting and redoing her interior for an extended voyage.
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