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Old 24-02-2009, 04:29   #61
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Congratulations Michael! Now, get out there and sail whenever you can. Practice singlehanding, and buy yourself good foul weather bottoms and a good hat! We're all proud of you around here! Chris


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Old 24-02-2009, 06:03   #62
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Boring is good.

Congratulations on your trip Michael. Ninety-five percent of the time passages are routine, if not boring. Itís the other 5% you have to be ready for and you were, and will now be for future trips.

Regarding the cold, its a fact of life on passages in SoCal as is motor sailing. However, here's a little jewel that can make life easier and more comfortable:

Install one of these Heater Craft Auxiliary Cabin Heater 's in the forward portion of the main cabin, below one of the setee berths. You won't regret it. By adding a simple on-off valve to the feed line, you can block the flow of water to the unit when you don't need additional heat in the cabin. We have one that's work's like a charm.


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Old 24-02-2009, 06:16   #63
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Well, are you still alive?

Please let us know when you complete this voyage.
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Old 24-02-2009, 06:21   #64
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Good job, and thanks for the post and pictures.
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Old 24-02-2009, 08:16   #65
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Good job Michael:

Well written post. I felt like I was right in the middle of your trip. Not wanting to get out of the bunk b/c it is cold up there -- Been there. Nice job on the boat. Preparing the boat is one of those decisions people make - often by just ignoring it, Do I count on luck to carry me thru or should I have the boat prepared. I agree with your decision to have the boat prepared.

Now enjoy SD. Get out and sail as much as you can. Really nice conditions. Kona Kai is very nice as well. BTW I believe that staying at the Marina entitles you to a shuttle that the resort runs. We used it to go to resturaunts but it could just as easily be used to go to the chandeleries.
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Old 24-02-2009, 12:10   #66
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Nonsense, MV! A lot happened!

A man prepared himself and his vessel assiduously so that both would have the best chance for a successful voyage. That the voyage proved uneventful is beside the point, I think.

By working in a seaman-like manner, you have placed yourself in the tiny minority of humans who venture into an alien environment prepared to cope with the worst that you can imagine - even if, in the event, none of it comes to pass. Would that the majority prepared half so diligently.

Congratulations on a job well-done, Captain!


PS: Rather than being Much Ado About Nothing, MV, because you prepared so well for the voyage and it came off without a hitch, you do not have to bemoan Love's Labour's Lost.
I could not have said it better.........It's nice to see a sailor that has due respect for the sea. Just be sure that the respect that you have developed increases with each passage and NEVER diminishes. All too often, a lack of due respect is why some few end in catastrophe.

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