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    We are gone!

    Well after several decades dreaming. A decade and a half paying for the boat. Another 18 months of investing just short of $40 000 in an often frustrating bemusing, confusing, frantic and sometimes painful refitting effort, I now realize that we are completely unprepared for what we have undertaken:-) But the weather window has arrived so we must depart.

    I still have a list as long as my arm of jobs to do and I was almost in panic mode trying to remember all the bits I had to buy and then nail them on. However we have all the major projects completed and the rest will get done on route or in FIJI. :-)

    Very hard to leave, family, friends, golden retrievers, and the place that has been home for so many years. But if we do not try now we will never do it, and as well as the shame and more importantly, we would have to give back all the presents that we have received.

    From our Mantus anchor on the bow to the Caphorn Wind Vane steering on the Stern Beautiful Swimmer is very well equipped. We have three separate and autonomous electronic navigational systems, as well as paper charts and sextant. We have a Life raft, 2 epirbs plus AIS and SSB radio. A water maker and spare sails.

    I stopped Luksana bringing the kitchen sink, but she managed to sneak just about everything else aboard:-). We are supplied for 100 days and have the option of topping up on Vancouver Island, about 7-10 days South of here.

    We are going down the inside passage for several reasons, mainly weather, still not settled enough to make it down to the imaginary line from the Northern California coast that usually designate the end of the Alaska Low weather systems. 2 days ago it was blowing 50 knots from the South, that lasted over a week. So down to Victoria BC and then as soon as we see another 4 day opening we will do the long stretch.

    I will try to find time and a place to upload pics, as we eventually, hopefully make it to warmer and non freezing climes in the Pacific Islands.

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    Have a safe trip.

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    Bon Voyage, best of luck and let us know whats happening when you have time. Now sail off into your dreams.

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    onwards to the warm climes

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    Well done SIL. You just have to go....if you wait until "everything" is ready, you would never leave.. All the best for the voyage.....looking forward to the reports.

    PS If you happen to find a Boeing 777 laying around be sure to post about it....OK?

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    Fair Winds .

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    Have a good trip!

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    Bon Voyage...although I would have probably opted for a slightly less ominous handle.

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    Excellent stuff (but rather you than me...)!

    Best of fortune, it will be a great trip I'm sure.

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    any tool or website we can use to track your progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    any tool or website we can use to track your progress?

    Seconded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99

    any tool or website we can use to track your progress?
    (We are gone!)


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    Have a safe and pleasant journey.

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    So envious.

    Have a green for good luck.

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    Must bookmark, Luksana has the rice loaded? have a great trip!
    To save searching , how big is your boat?
    Last edited by oldgit; 12-04-2014 at 02:48 PM.

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    Safe travels mate. What a wonderful adventure

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    Sailing, you said you have AIS...can we track you on this? Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions - AIS Marine Traffic

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    anchor away, good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble
    We have three separate and autonomous electronic navigational systems,
    swap ya 2 of em for a second auto pilot .

    err you do have an auto pilot ?

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    Fair Winds and Following Seas.

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    Fortune favours the Brave , all the luck in the World on your "adventure"

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    Have a great trip!

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    Best of luck, you guys...Keep in touch...

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    Best of luck to the both of you. I shall follow the progress reports with interest. Bon voyage!

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