Sorry for not blogging more but I’ve been working on Eleanor from the time my eyes open in the morning, till the time they close at night.
In just the past three weeks Todd and I have been able to install a cubic-mini wood burning stove, a Harkin roller furling, a Simrad below deck autopilot, a fleming wind-vane, plus tackle a bunch of smaller projects.
I did something really stupid a few days ago and fried some electronics. One shouldn’t do electric work at night, tired, and stressed about time :( Unfortunately I had to order a new chartplotter/fishfinder (Depth) with a transom mounted transducer as I fried the one in the hull
along with everything else.
The good news is Eleanor is almost ready to travel. The other expense I wasn’t counting on was the luff tape on my head sail, doesn’t match the slide in the new furling. I found a local loft to sew on a new tape but they cant get to it until next Saturday so I have to wait another week to leave :(
As usual I’m running on fumes. If anyone is interested to join Eleanor for a while and chip in for fuel please let me know. As you can see from the photo my trip home is 70% into the wind and a motorboat ride most of the way. I wont be able to rely on wind until the windward passage (between Cuba and Haiti), but will be set free from diesel at roughly 18N 67W for my sail home.
My crew member Todd has turned out to be a really great guy. We had never met but I kind of had an idea as to what his character was like by his Facebook posts. He is great in the galley and a real help with the countless projects we have been knocking out. Not to mention he is turning out to be a good friend.
Just a quick note about Facebook. My blogs will still be posted to facebook but I’m trying to get as far from facebook as I can. I’m really over all the partisan opinions and politically bias information. I want to concentrate more on my physical world and the people around me. And if ISIS or the North Koreans nuke me into oblivion I’d just as well not know till the very last second. As most of you know I gave up the news over a decade ago and it has been such a positive force in my life. Some of you may think I’m naive or uninformed, but I see it as freedom.
Today is a beautiful day and the season really seems to have opened a door for Eleanor to make way south. I’m so excited by the idea of sailing into Linton to see Carla and Nacho playing on the deck of Splendid, or paddling around on the surfboard. I like my life quiet, simple, and surrounded by Love, wind and the sea.
Sail far and live slowly.