We have some cruising friends here in Colington, Bob and Judy, that are also heading south. We talked about cruising along with them but decided to hold off just a bit to get everything together. Bob and Judy targeted their departure for October 2. That is tomorrow. The weather today was ideal. The weather tomorrow is ideal. The weather the next day is ideal. Following that, it starts to deteriorate.
Tonight, we started kicking ourselves in the ass. What if we are missing the window of opportunity? Why were we waiting? Why are we always late?
After a while, we settled down and got a bit more rational. We don't have a schedule. The water and weather will be OK later. The universe is unfolding as it should and we will get our window. Perhaps there is a good reason that we are held up - avoiding a catastrophe, letting pieces fall into place, whatever. Sometimes, you have to let things play out.
In the mean time, we get to have some fun. We had dinner at Mama Kwan's with our friends (former neighbors) Neal and Jeannie. We had a blast catching up. We are headed up to visit with the kids and grand-daughter tomorrow.
We have also taken care of a lot of boat systems preparation. The watermaker is now functional and ready to deliver 8 - 10 gallons per hour of pure water. We had been putting off this task because the system was 'pickled' (filled with preservative chemicals
|Me, down in 'the hole'. Actually called the sail locker.|
Surrounded by the watermaker, wind generator control,
solar panel control, refrigeration compressor, bilge pump,
generator. Busy place. Not sure why it is called a sail locker.
All of the big boat parts (engine, transmission, generator, plumbing, electronics, rigging, tackle) have been cleaned, changed, repaired and replaced. We got some more spare parts - starter, more filters, pumps, more filters, gaskets, fluids, on and on. Rebuilt part of the head.
So, we are ready. We just have to wait a bit more. And tolerate people wondering if we are ever actually going to cast off. But hey, our insurance won't let us go south of the Florida line before November 1 anyway. So, why rush? It won't be long before we are sending emails from warm, sunny places.