i look forward to updating my adventure to this thread. you guys are cool, i appreciate that. currently the boat is in mooring in miami. i'll go down and spend a few days with it before setting my waypoints for our journey home.
things to do: (please advise)
1. buy a hard bottom inflatable tender either with oars or an outboard
2. buy a swaging tool and locate a local source for 1x19 ss wire and fittings. step the mast using a diy method with help of my super strong brother, repair and tune the rig. hoist the sails and see how they look.
3. register with dmv after I get the title (have to wait till monday next week i think)
4. check the engine
5. get a vhf and garmin gps. i guess i should get these before stepping the mast. not sure what all i should do while i have the mast down. i suppose check the wires with a multi meter and things like that, test the white, red, green lights and maybe change them to LED!
6. get my snorkel gear on and look underneath, bring some scrubbing tools or hedge trimmers, depending on the shape off the bottom. I hope it doesn't look like a great wooly mammoth down there.
7. check if the water tanks are fouled, and clean them out, fill them up (25 gallons), get a few gallons of spring drinkin water and some food, check out the ice box situation, or lack of.
8. test the bilge pump(s)
9. make a comfy man cave out of the v birth for the coming week of transport
10. check integrity of anchors and rode, length of line, depth indicators, etc
11. test battery power and charge controller function under generator power as well as solar.
12. clean any gross stuff with orange cleaner and make the boat smell fresh
13. check all required by law specs like flotation device, whistle, air horn, registration,
14. 12v flood light / spot light would be good to have
that's a list for me to generally start with. I'll have a week or however long it takes to get her ready when i get down to miami saturday. I'll use craigslist to try and find a vhf, dinghy, gps.
I'll take lots of pics with my canon 5D and super wide lense!
I'm honestly super excited, like a kid again.