Many, many thanks to all who have posted with advice and thoughts. I have not been ignoring this thread at all. I have been reading it through with each new post just to absorb what is being said -- and what is _not_ being said. But I did hold back on responding to let my thoughts settle and process what folks have been saying.
I am not buying
a ton of stuff (Mark!) at West Marine
-- but I am dropping some dollars.
Hud mentioned it first, then Chuteman, then Bella.... Yikes! by the time I heard of "Jacklines" for the fourth time in this thread, some dim memory finally woke up and I called Todd (local rigger who helped install the lines for my alternate backstay SSB
antenna). Did he give me an earful about the importance of jacklines! Yes, I could keep being cheap
and wrap some flat line around my stancions, but he thought that was a lousy way to go. He looked at the boat today and said to do it right I needed 4 padeyes and about 25 feet of jackline on each side of the boat. I told him to go ahead and install the jacklines
I did order a Lifesling, wooden tapered plugs, sailtape, small flashlights, submersible VHS from Defender. I will get the MOB
pole from WM this weekend as well as a Horseshoe. Found a private party who sold me her brand new 5:1 Lifesling Hoisting Tackle at a good price
So MarkJ... How the hell do you NOT drop a ton of cash when all the stuff I am getting is utterly necessary? I suppose I ought not to have spent so much on varnish
, boar bristle brushes
, 400 grit sandpaper these past two years. I ought to have installed jacklines
and bought good tethers ages back instead of buying
a Playstation 3, wiring
in the Samsung flatscreen, and installing a Sirius radio!
Stan (who did my total rewire) went to the boat today and installed an alarm
that is wired to the engine water
temp. I have a bell that rings if the oil
pressure drops, but no water
. As some of you might recall
, when I rewired the boat, I flipped the entire instrument panel around. It is no longer on the outside where water can short the damn thing out, all the gauges are inside the cabin
. Stan installed an inverter
and he wired in an alarm that will light an LED in the cockpit
AND sound the alarm if either the oil
pressure drops or the temp gets too high.
This weekend, I plan on changing fuel
filters, the oil, and the transmission
fluid. I will also install the Lifesling, the additional hoisting rope
, the horseshoe, and the MOB
pole. I feel pretty confident about the engine
. It sounds good and always starts right up. I did rebuild
the water impeller Cheechako, but I am not sure what you mean by carrying a spare impeller. That was a hard job to rebuild
that thing -- getting it out was supremely tough. I doubt I could do it while underway.
Scott and others here have advised Catalina
first -- sounds good to me! I don't know what Steven will think of that -- he is giving up a ton of time to help me with this.
You folks are right: I was way off on my 140 mile estimate. I charted a possible course on MacENC and it is about 90 nautical miles.
Aside from the course corrections and the food
advice, the one thing I read here that was like a slap in the face was Kanani's warning not to force a departure date and time. After reading and following the Simpson thread, I could see that my mindset was beginning to become a mindset about my departure time. I read Kanani's post and it was like an instant WTF DUDE! Wake Up!!! Anyways, I won't push it like Ronnie did. I will scan the three day window mark carefully and look at the very latest images
from our satellites and I will get the WEFAX charts
I am not sure yet exactly how I will decide to go if the weather
looks dicey. One thing I have come to love about working for the military is that they have a damn flow chart for everything. My mind's sailing weather
algorithm is in its infancy -- I will talk with Steven and follow his lead, but I am very much aware that while this will be fun, the weather patterns at this time of year are not stable. Even I can see that with my eye in the sky! Regardless if we go to Catalina
or not, I plan on sailing west and clearing the coast for about 20+ miles. Clearly, the entire west coast
is a leeward shore (that too hit me hard while reading these posts and pms) and I can see the need for open ocean should the weather turn on us.
Unbusted, I don't see on my charts
a buoy called "Number One" in the San Diego
Channel. I see a Scripps bouy way out there..... I plan on making that left turn about 4 miles SSW off the tip of Point Loma. Does that sound about right? How does one actually say I am going to turn left 4 miles out about 8 O'Clock off Point Loma in nautical language?
In summary, the plan now is to downshift and count the tiny chores that need to be done (oil, coolant
etc), plan the course in more detail, and plan food
stores for a week. I do have a ton of fresh MREs on board. Folks keep giving me these things LOL!
I will have a back up GPS
. Likely going to but an inexpensive handheld from Garmin
. But I truly wish I had radar. However, Steven says he knows the first thing I will buy when I get to San Diego will be an autopilot
Anyways, I will "just go for it" But I cannot "dispense with all the lists" -- nor can I afford to "discard" all this expert advice. I simply don't have your guys' fund of intuitive knowledge about sailing. Right now, all of my knowledge is based in (a) my lists, (b) my completed tasks on the boat, and (c) posts in CF!!
If it was just me ......... but the fact is, it is never, ever just any one of us out there. There is always a web of people that get deeply affected if we screw up!
Again, I want to thank those that have posted -- believe me, I have learned alot and some of things that are happening to the boat these days directly come from suggestions here!