On the Hard at DYC
07 April 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Aisling is sitting on the hard at Dartmouth Yacht Club under her cover. I went over to the boat today. It was cool (+2C) and blowing about 25 knots in the harbour. The fuel tanks are in the process of being cleaned to remove sludge and water in the bottom. While there I prepared the hatch to be repaired, measured for the wind generator strut attachment point and started to hook up the AIS system. Earlier today I ordered the charts for the Rias in NW Spain. Bonnie and I had a fun week trying to decide our arrival spot. We settled on Bayonna in Ria Vigo. It seems like an easy approach and is close to airports for crew to make their way home.
Other jobs in progress are:
* The rigging is on the floor at North Sails with all the wire being changed
* The new dodger and bimini has been ordered
* Bill Leblanc has started the final touches to the new engine install
* Most of the old anti fouling paint has been removed and we hope to paint in the next week or so
* 1 thru-hull has been changed and one more to go
* The Survey has been started
Still lots to do on the list...... as usual it just keeps getting longer.
The crew for the passage is pretty well set. We have Dave Morse, Wilson Fitt, Iain and Lesley Tulloch, Wally Fraser, Al Salsman and Bonnie and Rick. Some are only doing one leg. There is lots of experience in this mix and with these numbers we should all be well rested on the passages. It will be a challenge to prepare the provisions because when you do the math, we will probably be on the water for 20+days and if we add a 10 day buffer that means we will need 540 meals for the crossing, plus water and treats. Bonnie and I tested the new Vacuum Sealer Food Saver tonight..... We are testing tonight's supper leftovers by sealing and freezing to see how it tastes tomorrow. If it works it will be a great help, but our crew may feel like astronauts after a couple of weeks of eating boil and serve meals!
Only 10 weeks to go...
Posted by Rick at 4:03 PM