10 Things We Have do Before Leaving for Fiji
15 April 2018 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
Raining, under the ITCZ, again
s with all boats and passages the lists seem to get longer rather than shorter. Who knew.
Yesterday, Gary discovered that our oil seemed to be growing on the dipstick. Since it wasn’t milky, he assumed that we had diesel fuel in our oil, so he changed the oil and changed the fuel pump, hoping that that was the problem, altho he really thinks that the seals on the fuel injection pump will have to be replaced. We shall see, altho, he has been researching where he can order the seals because we should have them anyway.
Sail Repair: We have a rip in our main sail on the leach, and altho it isn’t a major, it runs between 2 battens, so the battens would have to be removed to do a good job.
Chain moved to Centre: This is a thing we do for all passages. Keeps the weight out of the ends of the boat, and makes for a more comfortable ride.
Hatches secured: We have a number of large hatches that insist on drip, drip, dripping, and even changing the seals didn’t fix the problem, so we need to add a few more dogs to so if that will cure it.
Wind Vane: Our present wind vane sail is too small, so Gary wants to increase the size and maybe the vane will work better.
Bilge Pump: He wants to add another bilge pump, the ones we have at present are just fine, and we haven’t had a problem, but you can never have enough bilge pumps.
Clean the Bottom: This is an ongoing problem, we usually each go in the water and scrape at it a couple of times a week, and every time it looks like no one has ever cleaned the weed off the bottom. No barnacles at the moment, and we only hauled a year and a half ago, but it still needs constant attention.
Fuel: Gary is now running the dinghy back and forth to the cheapest place he can find fuel, so it is 20 minutes over, haul the jugs (6) across the street to the garage, load the dinghy, get back to the boat, haul on deck and strain thru the baja filter. Repeat. Only 5 more loads to go. But at a $1,00 a gallon difference on 200 gallons, makes quite a difference in our budget.
Install maps on inReach and iPad: Unfortunately our xoom tablets with the Navionic maps decided to die, and I had to download another Navionics onto my iPad, which means I have to do all the maps again! Hours of tedious work. Only doing from here to Fiji at this time, I understand that internet is cheaper in Fiji.
Provision: The trick is this time, to not over or under provision. Don’t need to leave a lot of meat or veggies for the Fijians to throw in the trash.
Probably forgot a few things, like laundry etc. and cooking up stuff to freeze, so if it is rough we don’t have to cook, but those are just normal day to day stuff. And people keep saying “what do you do all day, must be boring, living on a boat” LOL