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getting ready

29 September 2008 | Tiburon CA
With less than 2 weeks to go, we are getting down to the wire, and starting to feel the heat of the coming planned departure date of October 10. We could let the date slip by a few days, but preferably not.

First I'll list the items that were on the list, that have been taken care of:

rewire electric water heater so it can't be run on the inverter
fix latch in forward head under sink
fix lock on forward head door
install new instruments and radar/chartplotter
install watermaker
remove existing AC inverter and replace with new
add AC outlets to all interior cabins and heads (9 outlets)
add kill switch to wind generator
rebuild, overhaul, and upgrade winches
perform engine service, replace motor mounts
replace house battery bank
remount forward head sump pump
repair fresh water system leaks
install bunk in forward cabin starboard side
install motor crane
install new Jensen/Sirius stereo system
make new sunbrella cover for dinghy
install LED lights for navigation lights

Here are the projects in progress, and nearly completed:

install new refrigeration
install SSB radio
replace standing rigging
repair or replace VHF radio & intercom

Here are projects that remain:

replace hose clamps in aft head
fix lock on chain locker
install shunt for wind generator amp meter
install new LED anchor light fixture
install wind instruments at masthead
replace selected lifelines
install upgrade kits on winches
upgrade line controls on jib fairlead adjustments
check & test starter solenoid
re-plumb water strainer for a/c
replace teak rails on cabin top
make sun shades for dodger and hatches
make insect screens for ports and hatches
test outboard motor
fabricate arch to mount solar panels
mount solar panels
install lee cloths
install pantry food storage system

Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine (15)
Extra: Sailing on the 20th Annual Baja Ha-ha, departing mid October 2013 from Tiburon, and continuing to cruise Mexico. This will be our 3rd Haha. In 2011 we sailed the Puddle Jump from Mexico to French Polynesia, then up to Hawaii and back to San Francisco.
Calou's Photos - Calou's Baja Haha (Main)
30 Photos
Created 20 December 2013
Photos from our month long stay in Mazatlán in board CALOU.
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Created 17 November 2013
photos from our crossing from Cabo San Lucas to Mazatlan with crew members Steve and Lisa.
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Created 13 November 2013
Photos from our sailing trip from San Francisco to Monterey, Santa Barbara, Channel Islands, Catalina Island, and San Diego
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Created 10 November 2013
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Created 11 March 2010
Photos of Isla Isabela, San Blas, Chacala and PV
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Created 11 March 2010
We rented a car and took a land trip to visit Colima, the capital city of Colima State
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Created 23 June 2009
photos between Puerto Vallarta and Barra de Navidad
64 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 13 May 2009
We rented a car and drove 6 days to see Guadalajara, visiting many small mountain villages along the way. The rugged mountain scenery was delightful.
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Created 14 January 2009
Here is the sketchbook of Antoine, age 10
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Created 30 November 2008
Includes photos from our tour of a tequila factory, and more stoff to be added later.
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Created 29 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 25 November 2008
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Created 26 October 2008
We took a side trip by bus and train to the spectacular Canyon de Cobre (Copper Canyon) in the state of Chihahua
32 Photos
Created 10 February 2007
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Created 9 February 2007
Photos from our trip starting after Novemebr 18, 2006. Photos prior to this date are contained in ALBUM PART 1.
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Created 1 January 2007
Photos of the FIRST part of our trip, from our departure from Tiburon to our arrival in Cabo San Lucas.
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Created 6 December 2006