Well here we go. We have fixed up Cat Tales, a 1996 Tobago
35 to what we consider a high degree. New sails
, all new hoses, including propane
, new stove, rebuilt winches, refrigeration
work, wind generator
, flexofold props, shrouds, spare parts
, 3 layers of bottom paint
, and a lot of learning
has brought us to readiness.
Thanks to all who offered advice.
Our itinerary for the next two years looks like this:
2004-10-03 Leave St. John River system, and travel by a series of day-sails to Newport
, RI, arriving some time before 2004-10-25.
2004-10-25 to 2004-11-07 Find an appropriate weather
window and sail direct to Bermuda
2004-11-22 Seek weather
window for direct sail, Bermuda
to British Virgin Islands
2005-01-04 Travel in short hops, with no strong itinerary, through the smaller islands of the Caribbean
2005-06-01 Aggressively seek a safe boatyard to store Cat Tales on land, during the coming summer months, in Grenada
or Trinidad, favouring Trinidad.
2005-10-01 Return to boatyard to prepare Cat Tales for launching. Keep Cat Tales south of Grenada
until 2005-11-01 or as advised by the insurer.
2005-11-01 to 2006-04-01 Sail among the small islands of the Caribbean
without a strong itinerary.
2006-04-01 to 2006-06-15 Sail Cat Tales back to Canada
, via Bahamas
and the Intracoastal Waterway.
All boat movements will be done with weather prediction assistance provided by ham radio
contacts. The times provided and the route
are yet to be approved by an insurer. We have two quotes, and will choose between them after clarifying some details and getting the itinerary approved. We are a little nervous about finding room in a secured boat yard down there for the hurricane
layover, with so many yachts awaiting repairs
after Ivan, but will do the best we can.
We loaded on our food
, extra fresh water
, and a reasonable library, and watched the boat sink almost two more inches to drop to the painted waterline.
Wish us luck.
Laurie and Dawn. (Sonosailor and The Admiral)