Okay guys, this is likely to be the first of several disjointed and poorly organized posts. Mostly because I am so excited I can barely see straight and that makes it hard to type.
Here is the outline of my situation:
Rewired the 110 system today. Yay me.
is almost done- I painted them today and will re-install tomorrow.
Boat is "done" once the spreaders are back on and the stays retensioned.
By "done" I mean "everything attached to the sale". I have a lot to do before I head
South this fall.
Now I purchased this boat out in the Delta
(Pittsburg) but want/need to move it to the Peninsula for my provisioning/prep/whatever for the next couple of months. My plan is to leave early in the AM Monday (high tide looks to be around 4AM) for the 65ish nautical mile cruise
to the new slip.
Now, lets forget for the moment that I barely know how to sail. I am pretty sure at this point that I could motor
the whole way without sinking anything. If I can get some sailing in- bonus!
My problem is that I am still at the "can leave the harbor, go in some circles, and make my way back" class of navigators. So between now and Monday I need to acquire charts
(all I have is the goofy Fish-n-Map Co. thing from Walmart (that was on the boat when I got it) for the Delta
At one point I thought I found free charts
of US waters from the Coast Guard but I couldn't figure out how to view/read the files. Not sure if that was a dead end or not.
I've got a handheld GPS
As a non-Captain I know the bay fairly well and risk of hitting a submerged rock notwithstanding am confident that in the daylight I could dead reckon my way to where I need to go... I am thinking I should anchor
sometime Monday so I am not adding "sailing in the dark" to my list of questionably wise activities... I guess I need to learn how to anchor
then... Maybe I can tie off to a buoy? Is that allowed?
Okay, stop laughing!
And begin productive advice.... NOW!
Whatever, I am easy.