10/17/2010, Newport Beach, CA
Well, Connie and I have been working hard to get everything ready for our trip to Mexico in January of next year. Even though Sirena has been to Mexico at least 5 times before there are many systems that need to be upgraded and new systems added.
We have hauledout to have new bottom paint. We have ordered new cockpit cushions, new bimini, and sail cover with lazyjacks. Also we ordered new updates from Navtec for our chartplotter and installed a new Standard Horizon radio with AIS.(Identifies all ships and commercial boats out there)
We have upgraded the heads(toilets), the second most used system on the boat, and have upgraded the sump system to remove the gray water from the shower.
Yes, even though we have choosen to go without a watermaker, we still carry two hundred gallons of water and plan to take lots of showers. Just think years ago we sailed to Hawaii with 40 gallons of water and never ran out.
We have added an additional solar panel, that we will mount on the bimini and will have about 290 watts of max solar power, enough to keep up with the refrigeration and lights.
We have a full boat cover to protect us from the sun and have added 4 more fans to keep things civilized down below.
We plan to have the liferaft serviced and also have the EPIRB batteries replaced.
Wow and I thought Sirena was ready to go!!