Sailing Nakamal

Counting Down

Finally, it’s October. Since the captain signed Nakamal up for the Baja HaHa last spring, we’ve been counting months. Once we hit September, we started counting weeks. Now it’s October 1st, and we can start counting days. Twenty-five to be exact until October 26th when we leave U.S. shores! We will be ready – as we should be, since we’ve been getting ready since – well, really since last October when we bought the boat, sold the house and started solidifying plans.

And yet, the boat jobs continue.

It seems like we will never be ready, and at the same time like we’ll never be more ready.

Extra fuel - yellow = diesel for Nakamal and red = gasoline for the dinghy.

Extra fuel – yellow = diesel for Nakamal and red = gasoline for the dinghy.

Nakamal had all sorts of treasures in her belly when we bought her – ditch bag, life raft, medical kit, extra anchors, a storm sail – all that stuff that you hope you never need but don’t want to be without. One of my boat jobs was to inventory and update the ditch bag and the medical kit, and the captain checked out the spare anchor (which was in pieces and stored in a locker) and the storm sail. Good thing too, because as we all know – boat jobs beget boat jobs!

The life raft is now re-certified – meaning an authorized agent has inspected and repacked it – like a parachute. That was $1200 that we hope we never have to use. The pictures on the outside show a normal size human man picking this up and heaving it overboard, where it automatically inflates and allows access for up to six people with adequate supplies for some period of time. In reality, the two of us together can barely lift it.

The captain replaced the batteries and nearly double our energy storage capacity. Yay - cold beer and ice!

The captain replaced the batteries and nearly double our energy storage capacity. More boat bucks but yay – cold beer and ice!

The medical kit is inventoried, expired meds replaced and a few new things added. That was a few more boat bucks.

The ditch bag – all the essentials to supplement what’s in the life raft – is just waiting one more item from Amazon and it will be done.

Yes, more boat bucks that we hope we never have to make use of.

90% of the extra anchor.

90% of the extra anchor.

The extra anchor was missing a couple parts, they are on order.

The storm sail – a tiny little sail that we would use instead of the giant main sail if the winds get really strong – has never been used (yay, hope that bodes well for the future). Having some sail up helps to keep the boat upright in nasty conditions, and it can also act as a replacement sail should something happen to our regular mainsail. Last weekend we pulled it out and practiced putting it up only to discover that one of the slugs (the part that holds it onto the mast) was sewed on backwards! The manufacturer, North Sail has an office right here in San Diego and they fixed it right away.

We are also emptying out the storage unit and re-filling it with stuff that didn’t make the cut and won’t be coming with us. Yes, the downsizing is STILL happening! This weekend the marina is sponsoring a parking lot sale– like a big flea market for boaters. The captain has been planning his booth for a very long time.

Soon, very soon I hope, we will be done with the boat prep and actually take her out sailing a time or two before we leave!

Extra berth has been converted to a garage.

Extra berth has been converted to a garage.

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