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To sail or not to sail, that is the question...
OK, need advice here. The plan at the moment is for the captain who is delivering the boat to come up from FL to NC outside from St. Augustine to Beaufort. (Have posted on another thread...) Anyway, weather may decide this for us if the hurricanes keep churning off Africa, but anyway, another wrinkle has been thrown in via the mechanic/repair company. Here's the facts:
Boat survey showed no problems at all (bilge, hull, etc). In fact, it came in at $34,900, which is $15k higher than book.
About $3k of engine work is being done to get the engine up to snuff for a lot of hours, and to repair/replace old or suspect parts (ie. the 1/2" 90 degree elbow bringing the water in to cool the engine (DUMB); new alternator; new tach; upgraded seacocks).
Sails are at the loft being repaired. There will be a backup sail for the current self-furling jib, and the spinaker is fine.
Rigging is less than 2 years old.
Fuel is scheduled to be filtered and tank cleaned on Monday, by a guy refered by the repair company.
So...When the mechanic called me with an update today, he said, "We are concerned about the boat going outside because it hasn't seen anything other than calm water for so long." I said, "Do you see anything else wrong we need to fix?" And he said, "No, we just feel uneasy about it."
Obviously we want to be safe for both the captain and the boat. And as I said, weather may dictate the inside passage anyway. BUT -- what am I missing? I had already left a message for the delivery capt to talk about Plan B in case of weather (he's charging by the day, so an inside vs outside passage is a good bit more expensive, which we just need to know), and I'll talk to him, but all you "old salts" may have some advice I hadn't thought of and I'd love to hear it!
The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.