Getting closer to the off.

Imminent. Impending. Fast approaching.

I have a busy few weeks coming up. Finish the holding tank installation, finish the satcom & radar pole struts, to keep them attached to the stern and stable.

Service the winches. Buy an IPIRB, get the hull scrubbed and anti fouled, new anodes, fix the shaft play and sort the rudder out.

Provisions. Work out how to securely store the water and diesel. Clean the diesel tank and fix the webasto (fuse).

First Aid kit. As Captain I can buy drugs! Get the AloftAlone kit working, and get up the mast a few times – check the mast instruments, trilight and install the camera aloft. Rig the video recorder.

Solar panels for backup power gen. Update the echarts on the Garmin chart plotter and my Garmin iPad app. Make sure I have satcom for email etc all configured, plus phones (Iridium and backup IsatPhone).

Plot courses with emergency ports of call, look at weather patterns. Finish rigging up the HydroVane. Work out some sun protection. Weather seal that port which leaks onto the chart table via the light!

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