Friday, December 31, 2010


Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 25º43.532N | 80º14.193W

Getting ourselves and a boat ready to head offshore is intimidating, a full time job at best.

Our TO DO List goes something like this:

  • Final provisioning run
  • Buy a generator
  • Get an alternator rebuild kit
  • Stock up on Raycor filters
  • Buy engine oil
  • Figure out cell phones in Bahamas
  • Get dinghy locking system in place
  • Buy snorkel gear
  • Get Chip's prescription filled
  • Buy flares
  • Get a handheld GPS and Depth Sounder
  • Get pump rebuild kit (for head)
  • Change topping lift
  • Figure out how to use SSB
  • Change zinc
  • Assemble ditch bag
  • Change raw water hose to head
  • Obtain reentry sticker from Coast Guard
  • Clean anchor locker
  • Defrost freezer
  • Call accountant about 2010 taxes
  • Do laundry
  • Route trip to Bimini on GPS
  • Study Bahamas charts
  • Oil winches
  • Finalize new health insurance policy
  • Alert boat insurance company of offshore plans
  • Get new Wifi antenna working
  • Replace stern running light with LED
  • Stow
  • Pump out and treat holding tank
  • Top off all tanks, fuel and water, before leaving
  • Secure dinghy
  • Get propane
  • Try to think of what we're forgetting
  • Faithfully watch the weather for the right time to cross
Oh yeah. NUMBER ONE: Fix reefing system.

Sometimes we just bag it and go for Cuban coffee with Karen and Dale. Nothing like a little jaunt in the Mini with the top down to raise your spirits and help you enjoy the moment.

Coconut Grove, Miami, FL 25º43.532N | 80º14.193W

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