After trials and tribulations with UPS freight, I finally got the 4 man offshore RescYou liferaft from Viking.. Don't use UPS freight if you can avoid it.
I know some serious cruisers like Evans Starzinger and Beth Leonard don't carry a liferaft, but it's comforting to know you have another vessel to jump into if you boat is run down or hits a submerged object.
Nice long 3 years before I need to recertify the raft. It also comes with the SOLAS E pack, designed for offshore/ocean sailing.
Sold "Nixon was Cool…" my racing J/24 this past weekend. Had some amazing experiences on that boat, sorry to see it go. At least it is staying relatively local (Lake Tahoe).. onto new adventures..
Our first regatta in 2004, photograph taken by Latitude 38 on a sunny, breezy San Francisco day.
Just had a survey completed by Peter Minkwitz a Marine Surveyor. No issues found (phew!) apart from a corroded below the waterline thru-hull. To be extra safe I am replacing all the other 7 "below the waterline" thru hulls to add to the other 3 I replaced in March… Unfortunately it will cost 2 B.O.A.Ts 🙁 They definitely chose the right word for BOAT (Bring On Another Thousand)..
Also getting the bottom job done with 2 coats of Petit Trindad Pro. This time I wasn't doing it myself. Don't want to lose friends 😉 While I am doing the bottom job I am also getting the waterline raised by about an inch. The crazy thing is that I may need to put 300 feet of chain at the bow just to balance the boat fore and aft.. I was so focused earlier on reducing weight at the bow..
Stops today after sanding off the old paint, new paint goes on tomorrow..