Bending Space and Time
26 February 2009 | La Cruz
We arrived at 1am Tuesday in La Cruz, looking forward to hanging out in the Marina after being on the hook (at anchor) for 4 weeks. At anchor, we always have one eye and ear open for what is going on around us... winds, anchor holding, power and water management, rocking and rolling with the swells. In the Marina, the power and water is endless and there are noooo swells.
We are at dock 3 at Marina Riviera Nayarit, populated with 10-20 other boats that are going west to the South Pacific in the next 30-45 days. After 5 months of cruising, the conversations with other boats come easy and frequently. Dietmar and Suzanne from Carinthia are here and throw a "welcome back" dinner, inviting Richard and Suzanne from Kuamoana as well.
Bending Time - Over the past weeks, we have built a list of 75 items to complete before we head to the Marquesas. In classic manic driven form, I hit the ground running, wanting to ensure that we get a fast start and are on a path to getting everything done by March 15th. All the supplies from the US will arrive next week, so this week is focused on lining up vendors to fabricate stainless steel, electricians and riggers. It also helps greatly that Carinthia has rented a car for the next two weeks, making it MUCH more efficient to get into PV in 20 minutes for supplies and provisions. MUCH easier than the 1 hour chicken-bus ride or the $35 taxi ride. We have already knocked off 15 items, giving us confidence we will make our date. SJ and Theresa would be proud of our project management skills!
Bending Space - We need to bring enough food on board for 30 days, which really means 60 days, in case something goes wrong. Conventional wisdom and sailing orthodoxy says 6 lbs per person per day.... Do the math... That's 720 lbs of provisions for 2 of us! Add on top of that the fact that the South Pacific is not populated by Wally-worlds or Costco's, much less Cost Plus or Whole Foods. This means we have to think way in advance about what we want and where we will store it. To make space we have purged clothes, un-needed supplies and goo-gaws, and cut into the boat to find more storage. Interestingly, Hunter saw fit to NOT open the bilge on the starboard side of the boat, but weighted the boat with 100 gallons of diesel, galley stores, washer/dryer and settee (dining room) seat storage on the port side, resulting in a 2 degree list to port. I learned from another Hunter 466 owner that the bilge on the starboard side was wide open. Sure enough, I pulled the floor boards and found 3 compartments for storage. Finding a local carpenter with a table saw, we cut up the floor board and punched holes similar to the other floorboards, added bracing, sanded and finished for a clean looking increase of storage of 15 cubic feet.
The compartments on the left hold 3 batteries providing 675 amphours of power, good for 2 days of cruising. The bottom left compartment contains the manifolds for the 4 water tanks, twin water pumps, gyro compass, starting battery and 3 bilge pumps. The bottom right compartment holds one of the 4 25 gallon water tanks. The other 3 compartments are empty for the time being.