Taxes ...in a Gale
16 April 2013 | Assassination
The nav station tipped first one way, then the other as I sat at the computer putting the final touches on our 2012 tax return. I glanced at the wind speed. 38...40...43 knots. It was April 15th - tax day, and we'd have to e-file by end of today. We'd been out cruising in the bay of islands, spearfishing and enjoying the weather and had planned to be back to Opua or Russell within wifi range to finish our taxes. But the weather took a turn for the worse as the forecasted gale intensified in both strength and duration. And so April 15th found us hunkered down in Assassination Cove, (without wifi) riding on twin anchors as violent gusts of wind buffeted our home and sheets of rain poured from the sky. We'd have to figure out a way to file from here or head out into the torrent. I'd loaded and updated TurboTax on the boats main computer before we left and was almost done with our taxes. We'd been waiting on one piece of information that I'd hoped would save us some hard earned cash, then we could e-file. We had cell service and Lolo had occasionally been using it for Internet from her iBook, but the phone and cable needed drivers to work with the boats Windows PC. While we could get slow Internet from her Mac, it did not have TurboTax. Hmmmm? Sleuthing around, Lolo found a way to share the cell phone Internet connection using the macs wifi adapter. After some fiddling and a few failed attempts using a USB wireless adapter for the boats PC, we finally got the shipboard wireless antenna/bridge to see the relayed wireless signal from her Mac. Internet from the boats computer, through lolo's mac, through our cheap cell phone! it was slow, but worked. We were able to successfully get our e-file codes and I hit the "send" button in TurboTax. Transferring... The rig shook and dodger frame rattled as a 50-knot gust roared overhead heeling the boat over. We crossed our fingers, holding the cell phone as high as we could and waited what seemed a eternity until finally "your return has been successfully transferred." Checking our email just to be sure, we noted the message confirming the acceptance of our tax return. Whew! Not your average tax day. As the darkness covered us and the wind howled outside, We celebrated with fresh Cajun blackened yellowtail kingfish, quinoa tomato salad and wine.