Good to hear from you; its been a long time!
I'm not sure if you've been getting the THS posts. If not, let me introduce myself. On THS, I am the moderator for the First Mate forum.
After we purchased La Vita and set a date to go cruising I changed to my first name, Lynn. I figure going by the name on my passport will make life easier checking in and out of port.
In a few minutes we are leaving for the Mexican consulate. We are applying for a FM3 visa.
With luck, most of the electronics
should be installed this week. That job has been going on for over a month. Waiting for essential parts
was the main reason this job couldn't be completed.
After waiting a month for the rigger to fit us into his schedule, we sat in the boatyard a week ($33 p/day) while we waited for him to fabricate a bolt. Boatyard showers are disgusting!
I've discovered most jobs need to done twice, for example the radar
is on a custom gimble mount with a custom sail guard. The custom sail guard was the wrong size and a new one had to be fabricated and shipped to us (again). We decided to run the cable down the inside of the mast
. The spreader light wire is stuck in the mast
. The mast steps stop to high up the mast to be useful.
To fix these problems we must go back to the boatyard and they have to pull the mast to fish
out the wire. The sail guard and mast steps will be fixed at the same time. This is a 3-hour round trip.
BTW, did you know a life raft is considered hazardous material and requires special handling???
I could go on and on, but the list is so long folks would fall asleep or delete the post before getting to the bottom line.
I must close on a positive note. I love the people in the cruising community! I seem to be thriving from the physical side of this life style.