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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.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.