We’ve been watching the weather for several days.
Our “To-Do” list is now down to one page.
We’re washing the boat and filling the tanks.
We’re packing up the last of our provisions.
Yep, finally we’re almost ready to depart!
After Sabrina finished the bimini, I realized I better get the engine ready to go. I replaced the oil pressure sensor, PTO gear, PTO bearings, and rebuilt the water pump. The Vetus Anti-Siphon Vent gave me a little trouble, but on the second cleaning I was able to remove all the salt build-up and get a good seal. I put our other charging systems back online, resetting the solar charger and Xantrex LinkPro for our new batteries.
Our one big task left to do is to clean the bottom of the boat. After sitting in the marina during this hot weather we have accumulated a lot of bottom growth. We need to clean that off, or our trip north will be even longer than we expect. We’re going to head out later today and wash the bottom, then when we get back in I’ll change the oil and double check the engine after it has had some running time.
There’s still a lot to do, but we’re close, and that’s a really good feeling.
In related news, my dad informed me that there’s currently a lobster glut in Maine, and prices have fallen to a generational low! Here’s the WSJ piece on it. That fact alone should erase all doubt from our reader’s that we’ll make it Maine this summer!