Preparing to Jump

February 19, 2012

We are about a month away from setting out across the largest ocean on the planet. The list of things to do; for the boat; for the kids; for us; just gets longer but we are confident that we will be able to make the trip safely and comfortably.

This week we are working on the haul-out. We got an insanely high quote last week, and then subsequent tips from fellow cruisers gave us renewed hope that we might not have to spend a fortune for a few coats of paint and some holes in the hull. Once we figure out where and when to haul, we have to decide what we are going to do with the family. Depending on where we haul out we may be able to live on Convivia, but do we want to? Living on a boat “on the hard” means no grey water, no potty, and a 15′ drop if anything or anyone falls off the deck. It most likely means a lot of eating out. Right now I am leaning towards a cheap apartment or hotel for the week that Convivia is out of the water.

Once she is back in we have to start provisioning, and finishing up some above the waterline projects. Amongst these are such gems as, revarnishing all the wood (we use Cetol if you’re wondering), re-beding the stanchions, addressing the portlight leaks, and re-plumbing the water maker. For the provisioning we have an ace in the hole. We just found out that Grand is coming right before we jump. She will be able to help out with some of the harder to find items. For the rest we have Costco and some amazing local markets.

We are also stocking up on gifts for the kids. It’s hard to imagine what 21 days on the Ocean will be like for them, but I would like to have some things to pull out and surprise them with if things get dreary, tense, or complicated.  On the same topic, we need to think about gifts for other kids that we meet along the way.

And 21 days is really just the tip of the iceberg. Once we arrive in the Marquesas we will be faced with insanely expensive provisions. Last year’s puddle jumpers reported $8 beer (yes just one), $16 hamburgers, and $12 melons. So while the 21 day crossing to the Marquesas is certainly the longest single passage, it’s not  the only part that we have to provision for. For the big stuff, we are looking at 6-8 months.

So, are we totally stoked to be crossing the Pacific in a month. YES… but it is going to be a lot of work. I hereby apologize in advance for all the posts I’m not writing, the calls I’m not making, and the photos I’m not taking. We will resume normal operations (with less Internet)  in April.

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