Re: Crew Needed: Chsapeake Bay to Panama
My boat is a 1973 Cal 29. It's been on the hard at the marina in Cambridge, MD for 2 years. In Sept 2014, I, along with my trusty wooden mallet, tapped the deck and the hull exhaustively No Bubbles or blisters or soft spots were found. I inspected the chain plates and the shrouds at the chain plates. No evidence of unraveling, corrosion, or loose chain plate to deck damage. The forward port cleat had been ripped out of the deck. It's temporarily sealed until I can patch it and replace the tie down cleat in early May before sailing. Someone had removed the head toilet and replaced it with a porta potty which will be removed and a new toilet installed. I have a 12v potable water pump new in the box that I'm bringing to replace the hand pump at each fixture.
The VHF radio works well from the hard. The Atomic 4 started easily last September. The shaft bear through the hull had been leaking so I need to replace the seal and rubber boot, then reconnect and balance the shaft connection to the transmission. The repair will be on the hard; the balancing in the water. I inventoried the sails and they all are in good condition. The mainsail was only partially raised because of the boat being on the hard. I have not inspected the antenna, top shroud connections, or lights because of the boat being on the hard. One Danforth anchor, chain and rode.
PFD's are there along with flares and portable horn. I will purchase 2 inflatable ocean 2 person kayaks for use as dinghies. I have a depth finder and Garmin GPS unit that I need to mount. I have two laptops with GPS. One Laptop is a military waterproof unit with built-in GPS, touch screen, and chart plotter with good digital charts from Chesapeake Bay to the Yucatan Peninsula.
Decent V-berth, settee in main cabin, and 2 aft berths on either side of the engine. I had one crew member lined up and we were going to both take sailing classes (I haven't sailed since my Hobie 14 on Oahu in 1977). But since neither of us would have had any decent recent experience, she was talked out of going. I have a friend down the road from me in Volcan, Chiriqui who has experience also. She wants to fly up to Baltimore and help crew. My Dell laptop has a 17" screen and I'm bringing an external flat 20" monitor. I have bout 400 movies on the Dell's external hard drive to relieve monotony.
The plan is to do sea trials in Chesapeake Bay during the second week of May, then head to the Atlantic and cruise south. Stops along the way as needed for water and any emergencies. Last stop in the Keys, then on down through the Islands and into the Caribbean. Head for Bocas Del Toro, Panama as destination. In the near future (as soon as I replenish my funds), transit the Canal then south to Ecuador then West. The cruise from Maryland to Panama is expected to take 3 weeks to 1 month.
Let me know what you think. Besides email, wmartin78758 at yahoo.com, I can be reached by Panama cel: 011-507-6277-9589.