A Cross Ocean Experience

Seven thousand miles of outstanding cruising since November 2008 means it's time to do a little renovation and more planning for the future. Find out what ...

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Universal shame

11 November 2008
Richard Cross
Amongst the multitudes of spares and supplies that we have been trying to stow in some kind of manageable system, are engine parts. We re-powered in 2006 with a Universal M-25 XPB, a process not to be taken lightly, and hopefully never to be repeated. A complete "offshore" spares kit from Universal is priced at $1,300, so I opted to play Russian Roulette and try to reduce the cost by guessing what would fail first. Pictured above is what we chose. For this paltry collection, which surely will either be not enough or never needed, we paid $610. It included a package (far right) of 9 copper washers and 4 steel ones priced at $75 the pack. Have they no shame. These people must think that because we sail we are stupid. In this they may not be alone.
This, and other last minute paperwork hassles and money woes all bring to mind the wonderful (if fictional) character Jack Aubrey .. totally at ease and in balance when voyaging, but "all at sea when on land". He longed to escape the hassles of shore bound life for the more predictable challenges of the sea. We can only hope that we will enjoy some of the same balance.
Vessel Name: Mandy
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol Channel Cutter 28 - http://www.capegeorgecutters.com/BCC28/index.html
Hailing Port: San Diego, CA USA
Crew: Richard & Virginia Cross
Having spent 30 years in the racehorse business we felt it was time for a different kind of adventure. Both originally from England we have sailed for fun for over 30 years. We have owned MANDY for five of those and are planning to head south for Mexico etc. in November 2008 - ready or not. [...]
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There Goes Mandy!

Who: Richard & Virginia Cross
Port: San Diego, CA USA