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The voyage begins tomorrow

October 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Sitting at the Navigator Inn, across the street and a stones throw from where the Audax patiently awaits her first testP1010129 tomorrow as we venture to take her from the sure to be ice frosted wharf at 6 AM 90 nautical miles plus from Rockland to Freeport, exact number to be determined once I finish downloading and learn tonight how to use our navigation software. Frantically rushing today to bottom paint the final squares as she rested in the cradle, blood spewing from the other a result of plier mishap the electrican and launch crew watching from the sidlines surely thinking “so this guy and two others are really going to make it to the Caribbean, hmmm…. ”

The new Glass Matt Batteries are installed, navigational lights operational, bilge pumps working intermittently, still no propane stove or windlass, found more rott, cockpit hatchway left open all weekend with torrential downpours makes for fun find yesterday, stocks down today (aka my money to pay for the fix ups) gotta keep the eye on the prize

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Negotiating our future

October 24th, 2007 · No Comments

DSC01388 Ok, so at this stage I have begun to expect “so it looks like things are going to cost a little bit more due to x, y and z” or “the previous owners really F’ed up and it is not going quite so smoothly” From electrical rewiring by a nuclear electrician, new batteries, rigging and lifeline inspection so we don’t die!, the negotiation of purchases of a life raft and dinghy by Jordi, safety equipment by Steve, the search for workers to fix our leaks and repair our rot to include but certainly not limited to the famed Bruce Schwab who raced around the world on Ocean Planet and Phil Shelton 3 year circumnavigator and author of newly published World Voyagers, the discussions with Strout’s Point in Freeport and Knight Marine in Rockland, the hopeful first leg to Georgetown planned for this weekend so the experts named above can tell us what must be done over the next 504 hours to make it out of the state of Maine without sinking on a boat we don’t even officially own yet, christ!!!!!  Onward fearless Audax…

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October Work Weekend

October 22nd, 2007 · 5 Comments

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A leaking boat, rotted wood, loose stanchions and more. Who wouldn’t want to buy an old boat! Surprises and headaches for sure, but nothing a few more greenbacks can’t solve. A productive weekend (Sverre, Jordi, Kate, Steve, myself) with the top side now buffed, the bottom painted, raw water exhaust hose replaced to the tune of $30/foot for freaking rubber piping material, stuffing box repacked, floor ripped out, leaks located and taped up, duct tape is all you really need for off shore cruising :) , a great night out in Rockland with Sverre to watch the Sox game and enjoy fine Italian cuisine, a room without a view for accommodations (BUDGET!). Electrical work to start today, meeting with Strouts Boat yard in Freeport this afternoon, Steve is lining up off shore consultant Bruce Schwab for the first leg from Rockland,learning navigation software, moving forward…. See complete album of the work week by clicking on the picture here.

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Her first sail

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

P1010131 As the site continues to develop, picture functionality has been added and the first sail pictures are right here. The wind was howling, the sun was shining, the boat was leakingP1010132 but did this stop the fearless Herrigel brothers… a wonderful time, one of the best moments in recent memory for myself as we puller her off the dock, persevered with the unraveling of the sails and managed to snap the halyard and break a cleat but was it worth it… oh baby!P1010129

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Victory on one front

October 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Insurance has been secured, the deal is set to close next week, prepartions to paint the bottom and buff the sides are underway for this weekend. If you ever think that a can of paint cost you a lot of money, try buying anti-fouling marine, at $209/gallon, you don’t want to be spilling this stuff! Marine electrican commences work next week, navigational software is begin tested, the handheld GPS just arrived today, a solid meeting with MITA yesterday that is Maine Island Trail, our partner and one might say corporate sponsor sans dinero :) . The hope is that this blog will serve as a catalyst for future MITA forays into the internet blogosphere as well as generate interest in the wonderful organization. Visit them at www.mita.org .

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A great step forward for team Audax

October 11th, 2007 · No Comments

After the anxiety of wondering if we might not be able to obtain that oh so critical thing they call insurance, a god looked down and said, let them sail forth and we said… we shall! A light in what has been a nerve racking last couple of days as BoatUS after review of the survey and corresponding documents we prepared, a work list and a sailing resume, the green light was given. No trip to Rockland this week but plans for multiple next week as we prepare to kick into high gear the re outfitting of our home, the Audax.

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Progress forward and then 2 steps back

October 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Or is it 2 steps forward and one step back. hard to know as the up and down battle continues. Boat purchase price agreed on, check. Lining up the workers, check. Getting boat insurance, uh oh… Given my less than perfect motor vehicle record, the new boat owner syndrome, age of the boat and pirates of the Caribbean the seemingly simple task of acquiring boat insurance is fast becoming a monumental hurdle. Who wouldn’t want to insure 3 young men who have never done a trip to the Caribbean before, now come on!!!! Well, the good news is there are many insurers out there, but with the trip fast approaching and precious time being spent on this task, the window of opportunity is quickly becoming tighter and tighter.

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Survey Complete

October 4th, 2007 · No Comments

A foggy, fun filled, full day of time spend about the Audax yesterday with Don, my fantastic surveyor. What did we unearth, a lot and a little. No major structural problems to speak off, a little moisture here and there but overall the hull and deck were in good shape. Holding my breath as the engine attempted to turn over was perhaps the scariest moment of the day, but luckily it managed to power on through. A wiring fiasco, some rotten wood, a broken windlass, systems needing maintenance welcome to the world of boating!!

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The ups and downs

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Today enroute back from New Jersey and my grandmothers funeral, I got a call from Amanda, my most excellent boat broker that Steve the mechanic at Knights Marine where the boat is being stored had been aboard to change the impeller, a valve for pumping water through the engine, and that he had found salt water in the engine as well as a patch in the fuel tank and dead batteries, signaling the motor may not have been winterized properly, the fuel tank may leak and the batteries will need replacing. the latter not being so significant, the thought of a new motor clearly not the most ideal situation. Not to mention the fact I had just been denied insurance on the boat due to my lack of big boat experience and desire to take the boat to the Caribbean!

Well, tomorrow is the survey and we shall see where this whole adventure leads….

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Day 1 and it begins.

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

P1010125 The “Audax” lives! Definition: A long distance cycling formation and my home along with Jordi and Steve for the coming 6 months. Uncovering her for the first time in most likely 3 years, hoisting the main and genoa, a trip up the mast 60 feet and money flowing freely for tools andP1010121 hardware. The trip begins as we went Under Contract on the vessel 2 days prior, the survey, aka a sailboat inspection similar to a home building inspection slated for next Wednesday, the launch of this website in the hopes to entertain as well as document our much anticipated epic voyage. Simply great to really feel like the ball is now rolling. Departure date set for November 5th, optimistic for a successfu

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