Last Minute Stuff

June 2, 2014

Leaving Spokane Wednesday morning.  Stops in Seattle at Fisheries Supply for a few last bits of gear, Blue Cosmo to pick up an Iridium SIM and Axcesspoint hotspot, and Viking to pick up my liferaft, and then it’s on to Port Townsend.

Speaking of Viking, it turns out only Viking can service and recertify their rafts.  My four person RescYou valise cost $999 to service.  I guess I knew it was going to be expensive, but that still caused a bit of sticker shock.  Oh well.  Maybe that’s just what it costs.  This is the first time I’ve ever had this expense.  Now I know.

As I’m writing this there are gales off the Northern California coast.  My plan is to leave my slip on or about the 8th, depending on the weather.  I guess we’ll see how it develops.  That should put me at Marina Village in Alameda by the 15th or 16th, which has been my goal.  There’s wiggle room, but it’s time to go . . .

Good news.  I believe I’ve talked Julie into meeting me in Kauai.  This is her super-busy season at work, so she has to do some wrangling and planning, but it looks like it’s going to happen.  Sweet!

I’m a little worried about weight in the boat.  She’s light, but not ultra-light.  Adding all the gear and provisions moved her waterline up a bit.  I had to experiment with placement to get her to sit on her lines.  It’s all fine, but I don’t want her to handle like a pig.  The surfing on those big swells is too much fun.  We’ll see how it goes on the trip South next week, and make any adjustments we need to.

Well, it’s back to my checklists until Wednesday morning.  More later . . .

 

 

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