Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Northshore of Huron
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"10 Day" countdown is on for my departure to the Bahamas
Well, it's terrifying and exciting, but the 10 day countdown is on. I've done alot of refitting over the last year, but especially over the last few weeks, but she should be good to go now. There are a couple scary milestones that still exist. I have to get from the North Channel of Huron (Sault Ste Marie) to Buffalo New York for the Erie Canal, at which point I'm dropping the mast with RCR and hopefully they will help me build supports to carry the mast to the Hudson. I don't think I can build those supports by myself so I hope they come through on that, when I asked a couple months back they said they should be able to help out.
Right now the race is just finalizing the house sale (closes on Aug. 30th) and emptying it's contents. I've sold 90% of my belongings at this point and am moving big furniture to storage tomorrow. I'll be sleeping on a foam pad on my floors by this Monday lol. The other race is beating winter and the closing of the canals (Oct. 15th). It's about 500nm~ from my home port to Buffalo, I'm allotting myself 12 days to do that. Then I return home for a friends wedding on Sept 14th, then right back to my boat to drop the stick and hit the Canals by Sept. 16th. That will give me a month before the canals close, and almost 30 days to do what in theory is a "9 day trip".
I figure the further south I am the less rushed things get (running from winter). So many thoughts, fears, but good feelings too. Taking a year off work to do the trip feels great, I've needed a break for a long time. I'm testing the brand new AP (EV-100) Saturday and fixing some minor plumbing items and then she is officially good to go. I spent almost 3k between boat insurance for out of country use and health insurance for 212 days (can't be covered outside of that apparently), and probably 5k in the last couple weeks for upgrades\repairs, but I'm doing my best to cover all the important bases!
Some youtube videos, nothing fancy
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