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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

More Trip Prep



The dental hygienist wasn't too happy with me. She asked how long it had been since my last checkup. I thought it was two or three years. The records said I hadn't been there since 2008. Opps. Then I refused to get X-rays. She didn't like that either. I'm paying 100% out of pocket and I didn't want to pay for something I didn't think I needed. Near the end of the cleaning the dentist checked out my teeth. He didn't find anything wrong and thought they looked good. I must be doing something right. Hopefully, I won't have dental problems during my sailing trip.

My furnace guy is coming over to service and check out the heater. Normally I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, since I won't be around, I want it in good shape in case my lovely wife needs it. I want her to have the option of not loading wood into the wood stove.

I've ordered another solar electric panel and charge controller for the boat. My little boat will end up with three completely independent solar electric systems. The final decision was to go with three small systems rather than one big one. The boat already has a small solar power system. In a pinch, any one of the systems should be able to handle essential electrical needs.

The boat has a really good anchor set up, but I wanted to upgrade my backup. The rode (rope) and chain looked a bit worn. Since I'm counting on my anchor to keep everything safe, it's something not to skimp on. Always get a bigger anchoring system than recommended for your boat length. When unexpected gale force winds appear in the night, you'll feel better knowing your ground tackle did not come from the discount bin.

Things are coming together. The current plan is to leave New Hampshire on October 17th. My daughter is towing my boat down to Virginia with her truck. The plan is coming together.

-Sixbears


8 comments:

  1. I guess I don't need to tell you to double-check everything and stay safe.

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    1. Thanks Gorges! There's a lot of double checking going on.

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  2. Yeah you're gonna need good hooks to battle the 8-10 knot currents in spots.

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    1. Sometimes all you can do is toss the hook and contemplate your sins.

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  3. I like your dental "Opps", funny how time flies and the older we get the faster it flies!
    I'd like to look up your boat to see your ride this winter. I believe you said it was a O-Day 19 foot, any special model. Any pictures of yours?

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    1. Hey Mike! Time sure seems to have sped up in recent years.

      Here's the data sheet on my boat:
      http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=75

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    2. Well that O-Day should get you down the Intra-Coastal just fine. If going through Jacksonville FL call me and it will be worth a free pizza! :-)

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    3. I might take you up on it. :)

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