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Re: My last little bit of planning
Standing rigging: Looks can deceive. If you rig a light line so you can run a terrycloth or jersey rag up and down the rigging, do that and see if there are any meathooks that tear at the cloth. Even one tear means the rigging is failing, worse inside where it can't be seen.
Seafoam: Forget it. The stuff is light oil, alcohol, and naphtha (a primary component of gasoline) and there's no magic in it. The alcohol ignites, in theory blows some carbon off things, the oil is there because now the cylinder walls have been scrubbed, the naptha is there just to extend and carry the rest. You can pour some rubbing alcohol or drygas and light oil into your fuel and do the same thing, but who would?
Safety equipment: DO invest in better pyrotechnics. If you have the basic three meteors that most kits have, they're fairly useless. As are the 12-g pistols. Good pyros are damned expensive, but if youre budget allows, do get some better ones. Although these days, a personal distress beacon might well be better economy.
IIRC some of the fuel docks tend to run seasonal up that way, before the summer season you may need to wait until someone comes home, or for the weekend, etc. before the pumps are accessible. You'd want to check that ahead.
And you might want to file a float plan, just in case.