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I think the reply meant that they would be departing in two weeks--not making the trip in two weeks.

By all means, ask them what their schedule is, how many crew they intend and what kind of watch keeping, what safety equipment is on the boat (to ORC standards? life raft plus more, one hopes?) and see how clearly they communicate back to you. Also, how rigid is their schedule, can or will they wait a week or two for weather window if necessary?

Some folks just don't do well with email, you might want to use Skype and set up a time to speak with them for free that way. Get a better feel for the details.
 

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Two weeks for prep reminds me on what they used to say about the reliability of a Land Rover: You can get anything fixed, anywhere in the world, in under a week. They even had standard field repairs for obtaining and preparing [read: hunting, skinning, and tanning] fresh game to make a field replacement for a blown head gasket from the fresh skin.

To which some folks said, yes, you can fix any Land Rover anywhere in the world in only a week. And if you're in downtown London or New York...it will still take a whole week to fix ANYTHING that has gone wrong with it.<G>

I love the way [not!] so many vendors quickly misdiagnose a part that only they can supply, rush out a replacement by overnight shipping [usually to the wrong address or the wrong part] and then drag a simple three day replacement of the most mundane things into four weeks. Even without international shipping times. Heck, I had to wait six weeks for a muffler for my car once--and that was after the dealer escalated it to "parts critical" status instead of the 8-12 week normal order time.

Then they wonder why the global economy is in such a mess. Or why the boats with the least "stuff" on them can be the most fun to sail!
 

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A Toyota. Their support for anything 10 years or older is often "Hi, would you like to buy a new car?" But since the replacement muffler has a free lifetime replacement warranty, they'll just have to keep building them. (Or give me a proper stainless steel one.)
 
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