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05 December 2007 | Woodbine, NJ

Mast comes Out

05 December 2007 | Woodbine, NJ
We had scheduled the crane to lift out Jabulani's mast on Monday, but we had 40-50 mph winds, which required we wait until the storm system passed. Today, snow showers are forecast, but Bill and I were up early, and over at the boat yard, removing the shrouds, and preparing the mast for the crane.

Friends Aboard

20 October 2007 | Jersey City
Absolutely Beautiful!
After enjoying a wonderful evening with our friends Norm, Rhorie, Rachel and the rest of their Friday night group, we had Kent and Val over to visit us on the boat. We had a great time, and in classic Kent style, he helped us out a lot with a new sub-floor in the storage area under the fo'cle bunk.

We continue to get ready, only 4 weeks left! Keep watching this space for more details as the day for our departure draws nearer.

A Helping Hand

13 October 2007 | Jersey City
Eric with a power tool. Aboard Jabulani, everbody gets to help out. Thanks Eric!

Final fit out

02 October 2007 | Jersey City, NJ
We are installing the final pieces in Jabulani. Here is the ships computer running Ubuntu Linux. The anchor locker is being finalized, and several other smaller things. I seem to leave the boat upside down, with tools everywhere, but in the final streches I really appreciate Sharon's patience and ability to restore order.

And a Compass to Steer Her By....

12 September 2007 | Jersey City
Philip (photo by Luke)
Well, Jabulani finally has a ship's compass. Up till now we have had the unsatisfactory situation of having to steer a course by electronic means.

Stepping the Mast

08 September 2007
Saturday turned out to be a stunning day. The travel lift (with crane) was booked for 0800, and I had to reattach all the running rigging before stepping the mast, so I was up early enjoying the freshness of the day.

Sharon and the kids came down around 0740 and we prepared Jabulani to leave her slip, and make her way towards the travel lift. I had some trepidation about stepping the mast, for a couple of reasons, one was communications, the guys operating the equipment don't speak English, and everything has to be said with sign language, another reason is the crane is a part of the travel lift, and not a separate piece of equipment, which in theory is OK, but does require another level on coordination. In the end, they did a fantastic job, carefully lowering the heavy mast down through the deck with half and inch to spare on all sides.

The rest of the day was spent, securing the standing and running rigging, and testing the VHF antenna, and navigations lights. Tony, a friend from Colgate came down to help, and with Eric, who is staying with us, made the job quick and easy.
Vessel Name: Jabulani
Vessel Make/Model: 30' Custom Gaff Cutter
Hailing Port: Cape Town, South Africa
About: Philip, Sharon, Luke and Ruth are preparing to set off on a circumnavigation of the world.
Extra: The name Jabulani comes from the Zulu word for "Joy" or "Rejoice". We believe "Jabulani" reflects our outlook on life.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/jabulani/


Port: Cape Town, South Africa