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tomperanteau 05-17-2012 11:51 PM

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

chuck53 05-18-2012 10:21 AM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
I didn't see any mention of bilge pumps. If they are old or on the small size, might want to replace. Do you have at least one manual pump?

How about back up engine belts/hoses? You might want to hang on to that 60 amp alternator just as a back up.

How much house battery power do you have? Is it enough? How old are your batteries?

tomperanteau 05-18-2012 01:30 PM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
Good points, Chuck.

We have a newer bilge pump with a backup. The engine was just gone through and has all new hoses and a complete service including impeller. We have spares, and yes, we're going to stow away the old alternator just in case.

We currently have two batteries and are adding two more. The two we have are two years old, so they may need to be replaced.

Amazing Grace 05-20-2012 12:01 AM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
There's so many things to remember to get - you look like you're well underway. One thing we've carried with us - and it has definitely come in handy for us or others - is underwater epoxy puddy. For us it came in handy while we were in horrific weather for 11 days in the sourthern sea, and a wave came and ripped off the dodger, then proceeded to take some electronics (it truly was awful). Got it fixed / cemented back on the boat. It wasn't pretty, but it did the job, and fast.

For the galley, lots of things (my forte) but I'll start by suggesting 2 (not one) hand can openers...

Amazing Grace 05-20-2012 12:03 AM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
There's so many things to remember to get - you look like you're well underway. One thing we've carried with us - and it has definitely come in handy for us or others - is underwater epoxy puddy. For us it came in handy while we were in horrific weather for 11 days in the sourthern sea, and a wave came and ripped off the dodger, then proceeded to take some electronics (it truly was awful). Got it fixed / cemented back on the boat. It wasn't pretty, but it did the job, and fast.

For the galley, lots of things (my forte) but I'll start by suggesting 2 (not one) handheld can openers...

chuck53 05-20-2012 02:35 PM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
I didn't see any mention of EPIRP or a life raft.

Amazing Grace 05-21-2012 04:36 AM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
And flares. Med kit. Very good life vests with built in harness. Kindle.

tomperanteau 05-22-2012 02:36 PM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
We have the life raft, vests, med kit and harnesses. We don't have an EPURB. May invest in that, too.

No Kindle, but lots of books downloaded onto our Androids. Also a decent library related to sailing and repairs aboard.

smallboatlover 07-31-2012 12:07 PM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
dam you dumped a lot of money into that boat

Sea Dawg 07-31-2012 05:47 PM

Re: Getting Her Ready
 
Ummm, duct tape, JB Weld, PB Buster, paracute chord, and stainless hose clamps. These all can make a lot of things work in a hurry. Good job, as it looks like you're getting a lot done.


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