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 25, 2012
This morning I hobbled into to town to deal with two commitments. I visited Electronica Naval and settled my account with Carlos. I thanked him, complimented him on his staff who never give up, and paid for 5 hours of labor which I considered generous to me.
I then walked up the hill past Edison St to El Alborito hardware and the proprietor hesitantly told me that he had my cylinders “vacio”. “No lleno?” I asked, to make sure that I had understood correctly. Presumably because of a backlog after the truck strike the cylinders had not been filled. He must have remembered that I had told him that I needed the cylinders today, full or not, because he had had them returned to his premises. I told him that I was “enfermo”, gesturing to my throat and head, and told him that I would be remaining in MdP for at least 3 more days. While I was leaving he told me that it wasn't his fault and I replied “claro”. I am to check on the cylinders tomorrow.
After a cup of hot soup over toast and cheese I had a long nap then grabbed my bucket of materials and went to the barbecue area where the tail of the wind charger was hanging, took it down and sanded it, then strung it up again and laid a third coat of paint on it. On the way back to the boat I dropped by the office and gave the small but nearly full can of new paint to Salvatore. The marina staff have been good to me. Last night at 4 AM the night watchman let me into the cozy pine-paneled meeting room with the router just over my head where I had a wonderful Skype conversation with my friend May in the hospital in Australia and her nephew Stephen, who has flown out from England.
This came about because an English speaking boating neighbor saw me outside in the cold wind with my netbook dodging rain showers and told me that the meeting room was for club members to use. He got the key, let me in, then helped arrange access to the room even in the middle of the night.
Besides allowing me to put a third coat of paint on that wind charger tail the delay has allowed me to download “WXTIDE32” to my first line computers. It is a wonderful piece of software that will give me accurate tide information at any time in any part of the world. I'll want this information when sailing in Angra dos Reis, with its shallow waters.
This is Monday evening. I'll lay low for a couple of days before decided on my departure date. I'm hoping for Saturday, which would mean provisioning with perishables on Thursday and Friday, settling my accounts with Yacht Club Argentino on Friday, and clearing with the authorities on Saturday morning, starting at 9 AM. I must get clearance from the Prefectura (Coast Guard) and Immigration; and I'm told that it is a relatively quick process. Once I get my clearance I'll have 24 hours in which to depart. They are serious about this and if there is a delay I'll have to notify them. High tide on Saturday is at 3.06 PM, which is when I would motor out of this shallow marina.
- 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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