A slightly panic inducing list

With 72 days till the last day of work, the swiftsure race and the start of my trip, here are the things I still need to do in preparation (making lists is a good way to feel like you are doing stuff without actually doing stuff, love ’em)

Boat Things I can do in the water

  • Build\get built a hard dodger
  • Buy and install more chain (probably 150 foot more for a total of 200 foot)
  • Finish/Buy Windvane (I am thinking about selling my mostly finished hebridean and getting one that doubles as an emergency rudder)
  • Switch the shower controls to non levers, so I stop accidentally spraying water everywhere
  • Buy Jordon Drouge, setup attachment points on boat
  • install the 12v socket and add a 12v lamp in V Berth to decrease camping feel
  • Put stainless steel handrails on boat
  • Put a plastic top on the battery bank to reduce chance of shorts
  • Get liferaft recertified
  • Assemble/Install the watermaker I bought
  • Install the new bow cleats
  • Reefing system upgrade (mostly done)
  • Buy/install inverter
  • Get anchor swivel and practice using my sea anchor ala the Pardeys’ method
  • Move the diesel heater lower in the cabin
  • get alternator regulator working
  • finish wiring up additional instruments
  • install additional solar

Boat Things I need to be hauled out for

  • Pull, check and clean thruhulls
  • Seal up one of the old head thruhulls
  • Replace motor mounts
  • Clean/paint bottom
  • Pull mast and check/replace tangs
  • Check/replace fore/rear chainplates
  • Replace rudder stuffing box

Non boat things I need to do

  • Work out where my darn mail is going to go
  • Get any shots I need
  • Put together first aid kit
  • Buy wetsuit and maybe a spear gun
  • Sort out insurance


WHEW. Quite the list. This obviously all vary in difficulty, from the couple of hour job to install the lamp to the multi-week project of building a hard dodger.

Over the last few days I’ve been banging away at a few bits and pieces which I’ll make a post on, in the meantime what’s worth than breaking off a tap?

Breaking off two taps. Arrrgghhhhh.




  1. I think I will kinda sad if you don’t use the windvane after all that work. Its been fun watching it come together.

    I keep looking for digital mail-forwarding for Canadians and keep failing to find anything. You might try some of the Youtubers that are Canadian: Shaun & Julia Sailing (Bahamas) are from Ontario, Off the Starboard Bow (Mexico) are from BC and 100 Rabbits started from Sidney and are in Australia now.

    If worst comes to worst I could do it for you. I have a document scanner. And I am going to be stuck here for a few more year at least 🙂

    If you are going to put a link in your chain check out the topic “whoops… there goes the chain!” over on CruisersForum.

    • Me too! At least I learnt some good skills.

      It’s crazy there is nothing hey! I have a friend who has just had a baby and moved into a new place, I’ll probably send it to her as she’ll be there for a while. Thanks for the offer though! 🙂

      And yes, I’ve been following that thread – very interesting. I had always heard joining chain was a big no-no, but it actually seems to be ok?

  2. Hey I dunno if you have checked it out but as of a couple weeks ago the boat thrift store at canoe cove had a full windvane setup for $500 or so… It has been there a while so good chance it’s still there.

  3. When I turned in my notice I had just as long or longer list. But once I left the cubic forrest I worked full time on m boat and left that fall on the southern migration. That was 13 years ago. My only real mistake was the dozen and dozen of things I had been convinced were “necessary”. Go small Go now is the advice I wish I’d followed. Good luck and fair winds.

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