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Back in the water
05/10/2010, Vancouver, BC

So we got through most of our haul out jobs. Some items remain not quite finished but they will be soon. Kasasa went back into the water today and is now back at our dock in Ladner. We are hoping to get out sailing on the May long weekend. We have the sails at the sailmakers right now getting reinforced and readied for offshore sailing. We hope to get them back on the boat by Thursday. The windvane (this is the self steering system that works with the wind and the sails and requires no electricity) is not quite finished as the pole that holds the actual vane, needs to be modified slightly because of our dodger. And so it goes...

05/14/2010 | John Gallant
Looking forward to seeing in Winnipeg SIS
Love John
Time is flying by
04/21/2010, Richmond, BC

I just checked the calendar and WOW! Only 17 weeks till we take the boat south to San Diego, and only 25.5 weeks till we finish work!!! OMG!
We have the boat on the hard at the moment as we work on the projects that require us to be out of the water. We've been out for a week and a half and we hope to be in by early May so we can get ready to go sailing for the May long weekend. We continue to check off things on the list which is good.
The biggest thing for me coming up is getting the apartment ready to sell and tying to figure out when we should put it on the market. With the rising interest rates I don't know if waiting till we planned to sell in August is a good thing or not. On the other hand, we do need a place to live until the end of October so we can't sell to early. Oh well I feel confident that everything will get done as it need to.
We are very excited and can't wait to begin our travels. Going to work everyday gets harder and harder. We both have good jobs, but I think we are impatient to be on our way!
Well I'd better get back to my lists to see if there is anything I can check off.

04/21/2010 | joe arnold
Hi...just came across your blog. We'll be leaving Portland, Oregon Mid-July for San Diego and points south. Our list is probably as long as yours. If you see Valparaiso along the way...give us a shout.
More new stuff

We picked up our auto-helm windvane today and our solid boom vang, both of which we ordered in the US and had shipped to our friends in Annacortes to save a few dollars in shipping and handling fees.
Our living room is starting to look like a marine store. All of our recent purchases have ended up here to try and keep the boat less cluttered as we work on various projects. At the moment we are replacing all of the standing rigging including the lifelines. We are almost finished and only the back stays remain to be done.
Ian has made a spreadsheet of the work we need to do before our departure in August for San Diego. Each month has a couple of jobs to be done. So far we have been keeping on top. As long as we don't add to the list it seems to go okay. We now only have 22 weeks to get everything done and it would be nice to have some time in there to actually get out on the water and enjoy the boat and learn some of our new systems.
I was very excited last week to actually send an email from our ham radio to our home email address. It mostly required patience in finding a frequency that was not busy and would send the email. I also was able to download a grib file (which is a weather file for those of you who don't speak sailor lingo) so I felt very relieved because this all seemed so technical to me. It actually is quite easy and like I said just requires patience.
In April we are going to haul the boat and get some work done that requires being out of the water. We need to add a new through hull for the watermaker (that we don't have yet), reroute the out flow for the holding tank, replace the zincs and repaint the bottom. Ian is also going to do some work in the chain locker and install the electric windlass so that we (he) no longer have to pull the chain up with the manual windlass which is quite tiring. So lots to do.
But we are excited and can hardly wait to be heading south. I have to admit I'm more looking forward to actually being there than heading there, but the journey is an important part of the whole trip.

04/19/2010 | Mary
Congratulations guys! Keep the blog going - it's great to read about the trials and tribulations you are going through. Hopefully I'll be able to catch up with one or both of you while Kasasa is on the hard at Shelter Island!
The Excitement Builds
02/07/2010, Vancouver

No I'm not talking about the Olympics. Although it is an olympic adventure we are planning and the planning and preparation of it is an olympic feat.
We just returned from the Seattle Boat Show where we purchased several things we can cross off our list, talked to lots of people, got new ideas, and got excited about our upcoming trip! Some days you forget to live in the moment and experience the excitement of the planning. It seems just like something you have to get through. It's by talking with people who have "done it" that you realize the whole process is to be enjoyed including the preparation. So many "doners" have said that they envy us in this process, that they remember when they were making their plans. So as we go through our lists and cross things off, I try to remember to take a moment and enjoy each moment that gets us closer to our goal.
36 weeks and counting!

It's really this year!
01/20/2010, Vancouver, BC

Yes 2010 has finally come. We have been saying we are leaving in 2010 for so many years and here it is! We really are starting to feel the excitement. Sometimes we go to bed and can hardly sleep for thinking about all that awaits us. It's like Christmas Eve when you were a child, dreaming about what tomorrow will bring.
Our to do list has not gotten any shorter despite Ian plugging away at it. For every item we cross off, we add one or two more. Nor has our "wish list" gotten any shorter. But we are leaving this year. Even if we don't have 'everything' we think we need. We are both so ready to go NOW!
I am taking care of sprucing up our condo so that we can sell it in the summer. We are looking for the perfect guardian for our beloved cat Farley. I haven't put too much effort into that as I really don't want to have to give her up till the very last minute. Oh how I wish she had adapted to the boat but that is not going to happen and I can't force her to come on this voyage as I think the stress to both her and me would be just too much.
So we will continue our determined path towards our goal. It's what keeps us getting up every day and going to the office...

01/22/2010 | Jean
It's very exciting, Ellen and Ian. I'm looking forward to taking the journey through the next few months and then onto the voyage - albeit vicariously! More power to your plans.
10 months and counting
01/04/2010, Vancouver

We are now into the final year of our preparations to head south on our sailboat Kasasa. Scary and exciting at the same time. We are making lists and editing those lists daily as we think of more things we need to do, buy or learn. So many decisions to make. Some more critical than others, but each one has it's own importance. Our priorities change somewhat as we learn more and talk to others who have gone before us, but we try to stay true to what we feel is important to us.
Our plans at this time are to sail the boat Vancouver to San Diego direct in the summer of 2010. We will leave the boat in a secure marina in San Diego while we return to Canada to finish up the details of selling the apartment and packing up our belongings and storing them. Ian's retirement date is October 20, 2010. Within a few days of that we will leave for San Diego where we will provision Kasasa and set sail for Mexico.
From there we have some ideas of where we will go, but those plans are fluid and I'm sure will change as we go.

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