10/23/2011, Still here in Virginia
Well, it's Sunday night and I've just taken out the garbage as usual, you can't get away from that no matter where you are. 3 bags today, 3 bags yesterday, more previously during the last 2 weeks. I have been going though the lockers and straitening up. Throwing out crap that has been hanging around too long, cans that are rusting though and other miscellaneous items that I have determined no longer have a useful life aboard. That is one of the problems with having too much storage. Now I have more room to put the crap that I have acquired recently. My plan is to leave on Tuesday morning and head for Hampton Va. where I will be meeting another 424 owner who is also on his way south. I've been in Deltaville a little over a year and a half. Well the boat has, I've been on the farm all that time. I've been here 2 weeks in the water and it's time to go. 3 full pages of work list items have been completed or at least have been looked at and moved over to another list called "Long term Projects" That list is growing by leaps and bounds as UNABATED starts to show her age and the wear and tear of cruising in the sunnier climates. I also discovered a new cleaning product. My new mantra is OXYClean. I cleaned a load of rags (actually wash cloths that I buy at the Dollar store for 4 bucks for 20 towels) that have been used anywhere from scrubbing the decks and dinghy to wiping down the bilge and under the engine. Not to be cheap, but I am sailor after all, I wanted to save these rags. Someone here turned me onto OXYClean. Soaking them in OXYClean for 45 minutes produced a load of unbelievably clean rags (wash cloths). I can't wait to try it out on my shorts and tee shirts. Remember, I have a manual washing machine So there you have it, garbage and OXYClean. Hopefully I will have more interesting stuff to read about as I make my way down he ICW. Ron, put that beer on ice. Alan
I just spent the last 2 hours trying to figure out how to use my radar, oh yea I remember now.....
While I was eating my dinner I was reading the VHF manual, this morning it was the SSB quick start-up guide. I've spent the last 3 days trying to find stuff I knew I had on board. Once I find it, I spend the next 15 minutes trying to figure out how to turn it on, pump it up, change the channel, turn off the alarm, stop it from leaking, etc, etc.
I am glad I save all the user manuals. Things that were 2nd nature to me have been slowly coming back. It just takes a little longer.
Tomorrow I plan on creating a route on the chart plotter. Sounds like I should pack a lunch and a clean pair of socks.
Now where was that SUBMIT button?
I thought I would upgrade my ground tackle before I left for this trip. I was always very happy with my 44lb Bruce pictured here on the right. On the left, is my new Manson Supreme 60.
I guess I'll sleep even better.