Making Fantastic Progress in our Preparations, Finally
19 March 2011 | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Today was a very big day, where everything magically came together pretty much simultaneously.
The welder completed his four major projects (overhauling the gooseneck parts, building the emergency rudder, the bow sprit, and the new and improved solar panel arch) this morning.
Also, today the rigger came and put the boom back up with the new gooseneck.
Also, the new asymmetrical spinnaker that we ordered arrived today.
Also, the new barometer that we ordered arrived today.
For the first time, we are not dependent on anyone else for our boat projects. We have everything we need, we just have to get it done now.
We went to Costco and bought a trunkload of red wine and Bacardi rum to bring with us. The rum will go into a 5 gallon jerry can. The wine will go into collapsible plastic envelopes designed for the purpose. Everyone at Costco wanted to know where was the party! The reason for this is that wine and liquor are extremely expensive in Polynesia.
Meanwhile Francois and our crew member John went surfing today. Francois has learned to surf and now would like to get a surfboard (we sold ours a few months ago). Oh the irony!