Philippe closed out 2016 with a bang – literally – when he took a bad fall, tore or partially tore all of the ligaments in his right knee, and had to undergo surgery and many months of rehab. Not surprisingly, we had to put sailing on hold for a little while. Yesterday marked 6 months until our departure for the 2017 Baja Ha-Ha, however, so it’s time to get our butts in gear and make some moves.
2017 is destined to be a big year for us. In 167 days, Philippe and I will be surrounded by our closest friends and family as we say our vows and promise to spend our lives adventuring together. Fifteen frantic days later, we’ll untie our dock lines and sail Untangled to San Diego for the start of the Baja Ha-Ha.
As first-time cruisers with a 30 year old boat, we have an overwhelming amount of prep work to do in the next 6 months. Projects include installing all new electronics, upgrading our solar and wind systems, hauling Untangled out of the water and having a full standing rig inspection, purchasing a life raft, and replacing the house battery bank, to name a few. And of course all of that work needs to happen concurrently with some actual sailing. We need to spend a significant amount of time on the water this season – practicing our skills, ensuring we know the ins and outs of all the new gear, and getting Yuki comfortable with overnight trips.
Philippe was on spring break this past week, so he set to work on a few critical projects: installation of a cockpit shower and retrofit of our water maker. The cockpit shower is complete, and we’re thrilled to have a way to rinse off after salty snorkeling sessions.
The water maker project isn’t quite finished, but we’re closer. Philippe and Keith, who was in town for the week, also spent some time chasing and diagraming all of our plumbing systems. The outcome is awesome!
Next weekend will bring the excitement of the 2017 Pacific Sail and Power Boat Show, where we’re looking forward to chatting with several vendors, buying some much-needed equipment, and participating in as many free seminars as time will allow.