Well, I am not really ready, I still have a heap of small jobs to complete before Truce fully is ready for sea. However, all the big jobs requiring shore support or access to chandlery are complete. The remaining small jobs I can complete as I head south.
The rig has been checked over by a rigger and some minor repairs made to the headsail furler. The new lifelines look good and strong with plain wire for both upper and lower lines. I have made up new halyards and sheets, fingers are a bit sore from splicing. Sails have been rigged and the outside of the boat is now looking good. I need to rig new reefing lines on the mainsail in the next few days then its all ready to go.
On Tuesday I picked up the Viking 4 man life raft. Its in a soft valise as I don’t have anywhere on deck to stow a hard case life raft. Really a bulky item, is living in the quarter berth at the moment as it won’t fit into a cockpit locker.
My other main works have been electrical. I have surprised myself with my success rate. The new solar panel is installed and works well. I now get double the power coming in to the batteries each day and so far have not needed any shore power at all. The Icom M324G VHF radio is fitted and working well. The Aussie Yakker Wi-Fi router is sending GPS and AIS data to my laptop to work with OpenCPN navigation software. Three maintenance free flooded batteries have been installed and after taking the greatest of care connecting them together it all works correctly.
This evening I have topped up with fresh water and done the laundry. A late morning departure should make for a good trip on the tide with an afternoon check into the USA in Friday Harbour. I am looking forward to being mobile again.