Fresh Crew Arrives!
19 March 2009 | La Cruz
Last night we were excited to be joined by daughter Alyssa, fresh off a plane from Santa Cruz where she wrapped up school for the year. She will join us on the crossing to the Marquesas and stay with us until June, in Tahiti, when she will return for summer school.
Work is pretty much done on the boat, with all systems ready, the boat fueled up, and fully provisioned except for presh produce, which we will pick up tomorrow. We decided to buy some additional insurance and add 30 additional gallons of fuel for the crossing. We added a board across two stanchions and secured each can, then filled them. Once we arrive in French Polynesia we will trade them with locals, with or without fuel for hard to get supplies.
On Friday the bottom of Follow You gets cleaned, and boy does it need it. Sitting in the marina over the past 3 weeks has allowed barnacles to form and they are getting pretty big. I dove on the bottom earlier this week to clear the watermaker thru-hull and got scratched up pretty good feeling my way under the boat.
Our crew is getting a little anxious given the 2800 mile 25 day journey ahead of us. We noticed a little tension with Carinthia as their departure day approached, and we are now feeling it... is the boat ready? are we ready? how will we deal with rain squalls, the larger seas, etc... The lesson from Carinthia is a good one, as we received word from them today that things are well after 7 days at sea. They have fallen into a daily rhythm, dodging squalls from 5-11pm, using radar to find the cells moving toward them from astern. They have blown out their screecher, but otherwise the boat is performing well. They suspect it blew due to the fact that they are much heavier than they were. See the gallery for pictures of Carinthia's departure, where you can clearly see the waterline low in the water at the bow.
In our case, we are indeed heavy, but still have 2 inches of waterline showing. It will be interesting to see how she handles with the added weight.