This blog is about planning and preparation for a circumnavigation of the world in a 39-foot sail boat followed, hopefully, by a diary of the actual circumnavigation. You can track the progress of Pachuca by visiting http://www.pangolin.co.nz/xtras/yotreps/tracker.php?ident=VNW5980
Monday, June 11, 2012
Anchors Ready, Fuel Tapped
I then cleared the rest of the area between the quarter berths and drew diesel fuel from the bottom of each tank. Both tanks required prodding with wire to get the full stream of fuel. Although some some debris and cloudy fuel came out I was pleased to see that there was no water.
I decided to push on and dig the 35 lb Swarbrick “fisherman” anchor out of the starboard quarter berth storage. While that space was open I removed the remnants of the rigging wire from the passage from La Paz and replaced it with four spare pieces from the recent re-rigging: One lower shroud, two intermediate shrouds, and one cap shroud. The lower and cap shrouds are of 10mm wire and the intermediates are of 8mm, The spare backstay was in pieces because the insulators had been removed so I got rid of it. The spare forestay had tapered wire rather than a fitting at the top end so I dumped it too. I have no illusions about being able to replace anything other than the lower shrouds at sea, but the wire and attached fittings would give me a shot at replacing failed ends using bulldog clamps as I did before. I also carefully stowed all of the leftover toggle fittings and a dozen bulldog clamps.
I stowed the three pieces of the Swarbrick anchor at the foot of the closet. I'll probably assemble it and have it ready to go during my stay at Angra.
I'll have a lay day from work tomorrow. I'm expecting Jorge for lunch. I hope that the sky is as brilliant then as it was today.
- Departure Date (maybe)
- On The Mend
- Another Delay
- Electronics Fixed, Painting Rutland Tail
- Internet Problem, Mini Tour, Blunder of the Year
- Electronics and LPG
- Glitch and Probable Delay
- Connected Again
- More Preparation
- More Preparation and Internet Problems
- The New Me
- Tristan de Cunha and Cable Repair
- Test Message
- HF Radio Work and Victualing Started
- Lunch with Jorge, Electronic Systems Checked Out
- Anchors Ready, Fuel Tapped
- Fuelling, Boat Orientation, Laptops
- Staysail Deck Fittings
- Mainsail Ready
- Headsail Commissioned and Other Progress
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