Hey again everyone,
Sorry about the belated response. I ended up going home for the weekend. I figure it will be the last chance I could hang out with the family before I depart. So I took my mom up to Stone Mountain and hung out with some family friends. It was a good relaxing weekend w/ perfect weather.
OK, back to the crossing talk:
It also turns out that my dad does have friend who has worked as crew for a dozen+ deliveries to the Caribbean from various places along the East coast. He was able to offer up some valuable advice. Most of it echoed by the responses of this thread. Talking to him and reading these posts also help alleviate some of the stress. Makes me feel a little less crazy.
The SPOT's spotty (yes, cheasy pun intended) coverage was brought up this weekend. I gave the family a warning that the SPOT unit may not track me and to not freakout. Thanks.
I have used the baby wipes trick for camping as well. Makes a significant difference, and no water necessary.
I have read several things about Sturgeron, seems to be a legit remidy. I think I will opt for the oral laxitive instead if constipation comes up.
My GF and I have been cooking a decent amount lately. Sadly I'm not much of a cook. I am hoping to master one or two simple dishes before departure though.
I've got a small list of knots mastered. The same 5 or so that I use for everything on a boat. Unfortunately that damn sqaure knot always takes me two tries. You would think that I would have learned by now (haha).
Great website by the way! Is the hull aluminum?
I also sent an e-mail to the Owner regarding the communications capabilities and his feelings on me using it once a week or so. I'm sure it's all there but I just wanted to make sure and clearify, ahead of time, that I could use it to check in. It would be nice if I didn't have to rent a sat phone. Save some money.
I decided to bring an old handheld GPS that I have instead of investing a new one. Probably won't even use it like you say.
Thanks for the specific clothing brand/material suggestions. The active wear selection is vast.
Hand lotion, eye drops and spair gloves have now been added. Thanks
I was thinking about just using the tracking feature everyday around noon. Turn it on for an hour to acquire and an hour after to make sure the message goes through.
I think I'll be able to relax (a little) once all my orders come in.
Awaiting response from owner in regard to the comm. capabilities and feelings on me using it.
Fishing, YES PLEASE. This is what I'm looking forward to. I have always wanted to fish with a hand line like you suggest. It seems so crude but effective, and I like that. I know it's a popular method but I have never had the opportunity to try it. I have a specific question I will PM you today or tomorrow.
And soy, is crucial. Good call. Added to list.
I'm working to thin the electronics but still keeping the PLB. I did have too much.
I will chat with the owner about the harness and tether. I was just looking around and like the Spinlock Deckvest and dual tether. It's pricey but seems nice.
Fun.... who said anything about fun! There will be none of this nonsense. Ok, maybe a little.