I reached a major milestone today -- exactly one more year before I leave to see the world from the deck
of a small sailboat. June 1, 2012...regardless of what I think the boat still needs; regardless of how much money I've managed to save from now until then.
I bought my 1962 28' Pearson
Triton for $500.00 in 1999 and spent 1.5 years and about $7,000 on a major refit
, including new and used sails
, a 9 HP outboard
, new standing rigging
, etc. I'm finishing up a second refit
to prepare her for crossing oceans -- reduced cockpit
volume, extra fresh water storage
, watertight compartments, servo-pendulum self-steering wind vane
: 80 watt solar
panel, deep cycle 12 volt battery
, all LED lights
(cabin and navigation
; retrofitted existing fixtures with LED bulbs), handheld VHF
, 2 handheld GPSs). No engine
(have sculling oar). Cooking
: single-burner gimballed kerosene stove and three kerosene lamps (will mostly be cruising temperate climates).
I'm going simple and small, but I'm going. And it'll be on a little less than 500.00 a month, because that's all I'll have. I've waited 30 years to do this, and June 1, 2012 is the date of departure.
P.S. On a positive note, I'm pretty sure I'm finally going to lose this extra 20 pounds I've been carrying around for the last ten years!