The List Of Things To Do Is Long!
29 January 2012 | Nearly La Paz
Before we take off across the Pacific Ocean to the South Pacific around March 15th, here's what's on our list of things to do. Don's List: Install new Hydrovane, find stainless steel guy to make dinghy davit extensions to reach out past new hydrovane, refurbish water maker pump, refurbish lift pump, refurbish salt water pump, find Perkins guy and have injectors 'done', refurbish injector pump, refurbish exhaust elbow, build new exhaust elbow and keep as spare, then fit it all back together, learning as much as you can about diesel engines as you go (so if there's a problem 'out there' you will have the basic knowledge to get us back on track), have dive tanks hydrostated and filled, install high water bilge alarm, install mast steps, repaint shower stall, go through entire inventory of zincs, impellers, gaskets, hose clamps, etc etc etc. Find and purchase additional spares needed: injector, Balmar smart regulator, thermostat, various pumps, spare tube for dinghy wheel and a hundred other things we haven't thought of yet. Some of Deb's jobs: Book a flight to California and back, pick up Hydrovane when it arrives from England, somehow break it down and fit the pieces into your luggage and maybe even Don's golf bag (bring some golf clubs back too, don't forget golf balls as well) go shopping to find the dozens of other things on my list, go to Stefi Krausz's Bat Mitzvah after going to our storage area in my brothers garage and finding a dress to wear to said Bat Mitzvah, visit your closest friends and say goodbye again, get the blog back up to date! Get dodger and bimini restitched, restitch our dinghy chaps, make six jerry jug covers, make four dive tank covers, make cover for fold-up bike, make bag for Don's golf clubs, start the huge process of provisioning the boat with food and drink, enough to last us for six or seven months as we cross the Pacific on our way to New Zealand, test all navigation systems and computerized navigational charting systems, subscribe to single-sideband weather forecasts for sailing across the ITCZ and on to the Marquesas Islands, find other Puddle Jumpers in the La Paz area and organize the group for information sharing, set up paper nautical chart sharing meeting to share what we've got and to obtain the additional paper charts that we need. OH AND TRY NOT TO PANIC...JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME AND START SCRATCHING THINGS OFF THE LIST!