The bride (of 39 years) and I are making preparations to shove off from this un-civilized land and spend the next chapter seeing what life is like out there on the deep blue.
We upsized last fall from our 32' Catalina to an older 43' Irwin and have spent the better part of the past year replacing original equipment with new.
So far, we, or rather our fine young mechanic has replaced the charger/inverter, re-wired the batteries and added a battery monitoring system.
Now the in works, he is replacing the electronics, instrumentation and installing a new autopilot
About to be ordered is a radar
arch, on which will also be mounted solar panels, a wind-gen and the fenders
Still on the bucket list is hanging the staysail on a roller furler
, replacing the manual windlass
with powered, adding at least one powered main winch
, an in-boom furler
and a new dinghy
The new powered devices are necessary because of a shoulder injury which limits my range of motion and decreases my strength by 50%.
Thank the lord, I am still gainfully employed, although working out of the area, and can put money away to get this work done.
A word about this very fine young gentleman who is doing the work for us -for those of you in the Clear Lake area - a better hand you will not come by. He works on a fair hourly rate, is completely honest, frugal, dedicated and best of all knowledgable in on-board systems. I would be more than happy to pass his contact information along...once he gets finished on Windlassie.
I would say that's enough of an introduction. I look forward to hearing from y'all and welcome any helpful suggestions as we make these preparations. Also, recommendations or reviews of equipment would surely be appreciated.
Joel and Donna,