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November 18th, 2007 · 1 Comment

What…girls on the boat P1010050P1010023-1 isn’t this a “no girls allowed club” :) Calling out all the stops Erin and Bryn provided some excellent help over the past 2 days helping purchase and stow away $400 in pure calories from BJ’s wholsale (see shopping cart pics at Steve’s site) and $150 from Shaws supermarket, anyone ever tried egg beaters before? One of the few things not repaired was our refrigeration system but given the time of year and most likely average boat temp of around 40 for the foreseeable future I suspect we shall be good to go!

Awakening bright and early today and surprisingly calm given tomorrow at this time the lines shall be cast, “bon voyages” will be said and Team Audax shall set sail for the Cape Cod Canal. Successful repair of the autohelm (after a first attempt that had just starboard going port or for the land lubber turning right when you wanted left :) ), radar fuse replaced, life lines secured, navigation software checked out, extraneous tools removed, critical tools stored away, final safety supplies purchased, manual bilge tested, the shop vac coming off finally, 200 man hours later we are looking good. Mr. Heater loaded aboard, 30 gallons of diesel filled, decks to be swabbed today, clothes stowed away, a test sail, checking and rechecking of the weather and wind, domestic loose ends tied up (well as least band aided for the foreseeable future), a final dinner, a good nights rest, peace see you later gator…

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76 hours or items remaining to get…

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Safety whistle, off shore smock and pants, dry bags and boxes, life jackets, VHF radio, strobe light, fishing pole, binoculars, P1010014-1rubber boots, misc string and ropes, tool bag, fog horn, flares, zero degree rated sleeping bag, boom tent and much more…. THANK YOU West Point Yacht Club aka Dad, aka Rodgy!!!!6 HP motor acquired from Sebasco Harbor Resort for dinghy, excitement in packing the first items aboard Audax yesterday, registering of the boat, (ouch on the sales tax bill thus not as exciting as the packing), further cleaning, who has a cleaner head as Jordi tackled the fore and Steve the aft leaving me I suspect the bilge to keep things even and fair, an extremely important component to happy sailing. Attached aft head, rewired radar (too bad it is not working…thank god Phil is coming today), added some misc trim. Rain yesterday giving way to rain today, sweet!!!

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Under 100 to go

November 15th, 2007 · No Comments

P1010009-1So, first thing on my mind, cold temps…. why is it that the human body dislikes sub 32 degree weather…. that warm blooded trait we posses I guess! Thanks to this little heater Steve has acquired the preservation of 30 fingers and 30 toes may still be possible!!! Picked up the life raft withP1010003-1 Jordi yesterday, did you know they now come equipped with 5 course meals, caviar and bubbly whilst Steve spray painted the propane tanks. Bruce hard at work on tuning the rig upon arrival at our home. A day of misc items, trim, head rebuild, rader wire reconnect, P1010007-1cutting radar wire to remove mast = 36 connections to strip, crimp! Jordi taking the lead on cleaning was awesome, 1 head shining, one v berth spotless, 1 aft cabin sparkling to date! Tool organization, supply and cloth lists and successful selling of IDEXX options to help fund the trip rounded out the day. A going away party at Rivalries Sports Pub in Portland tomorrow from 7-9 for all I neglected to alert, sorry!!!! Bruce Schwab, our master rigger to the right here!

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120 to go…

November 13th, 2007 · No Comments

P1010040 What can you do in 24 hours when preparing for a boat trip… purchase 31 items ranging from sanding disks, to grease guns to voltmeters at 3 separate stores; Home Depot, Rogers Hardware and Sears. See Team Audax perform 16 hours of solid work to include wire brushing rusty propane tanks to ready for spray paint to ultimatley convince Dale they will not blow up so as to fill and enable hot cocoa! Varnish floor boards, reinstall trim, restep the stick (aka put the mast back in the boat), tighten hose clamps, troubleshoot electrical, research high gain amplifying antennas, learn that one needs to register your EPIRB, take a moment to thank the lord the stock market :) , put floor boards back in place, etc etc etc…..
Time now for a few minutes of reading about our battery monitor, a bit or rest and back at it tomorrow. Why do peopleP1010050 launch themselves at journeys such as this one? What is the reason for our quest to adventure? To find ourselves, to explore, learn something new, reevaluate a life we may not be fully satisfied with, perhaps come to the realizations the life we have is the one we really want, to test our abilities, to test our mettle, simply pure adrenaline rushes??????

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144 to go

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Crisp, gorgeous morning as Phil and I, (mostly Phil) tackled the aft cabin repairs whilst Chris managed to successfullyP1010036 install and configure the battery monitor, Xantex Link 20 dual action leading to maximum satisfaction!!! Looking back to last Monday, holy cow and wow, the amount of work, 120 plus man hours and counting, the accomplishment, the extreme appreciation for all the skilled help,, the process, the experience. So after the amateur Ebay purchasing last night ending in two failed attempts, a little coaching today = VICTORY. b7f9_2.JPGCheck out the sweet EPIRB a Wessex Category 2 GPS 406 MHZ, sweet!!!!

Where does this leave us, scheduling, diagramming the space we have on the boat to fit all of our precious gear, organizing our domestic lives, working on grocery lists, putting the rest of the trim on, putting the stick (aka mast) back on, a full clean down of the vessel, sail trials…. keep on rocking in the free world!

ANOTHER OFFICIAL GOING AWAY PARTY Friday 16th, 7-9 Portland at Rivalries Sports Bar, all welcome!

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168 hours and counting

November 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Sitting in the warm, cozy kitchen of parents de Herrigel awaiting the final moments of critical EBAY bidding on a
1) Category 1 ACR EPIRB
2) Davis Mark 15 sextant
the joys and comforts of land lubber living…nice for sure but as the fruits of our labor continue to pay off, cabinet installed today by TEAM Audax, final wiring being completed, autohelm motor and head rebuild kits having arrived, single sideband radio installed, raw water strainer fixed, fuel gauge added (probably a good idea), vacuum gauge for the fuel filter, the first pieces of trim put back in place, oh baby… excitement building, the next 168 hours guaranteed to be filled with well…you name it… everything and anything.. off to put the filet mignons on the grill…. (rough life here, sure we want to leave it? … MOST DEFINITELY!

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Moving and grooving

November 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

P1010012 Major changes continue to happen aboard our loving (most of the time) home. Propane stove officially fired up, hot cocoa all around :) ¬† Arriving this AM to ice coated, slippery slidey decks!Why are we doing this again, oh yes…. for theP1010015 fun in the sun that will soon be ours or at the guaranteed minimum ice storms, frostbite and sub zero bonechills! This is our mast flying on the left, taken out today to ensure she would not disinegrate at the step after perhaps 18 years, eeek….on a less scary scale windlass put back together with myself watching intently as first task tomorrow shall be sort of like a jigsaw puzzle but this time our life may some day depend on the success rate as I will attempt to take apart, paint, grease and reassemble, (blindfolded and on drugs, jk) so when crisis strikes we will be ready. Electrical charging system mapped and up to snuff, stanchion work, navigation lights, overboardP1010013 discharge overhaul (sorry about that smell Jordi and Sverre, do you think it will make a good beer chugging aparatus though, look left and make the call). Todays lesson: What is the difference between a nipple, bushing andP1010014 coupler? Gorgeous weather for the most part other than¬† a small sprinkle and cloudy skis in the mid afternoon, a surprise visit from the best boat broker in the state Amanda and I thik that about rounds it out.Tomorrow entails further electrical,, propane, bilge, heads, stanchions, maybe some single side band lessons and anymore?…for sure.. Thanks for reading!

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The real work begins

November 5th, 2007 · No Comments

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Rear stanchion removed for welder, chain plate deck throughhulls recaulked to stop leaks, kitchen cabinets removed to reach other leaks, head pumps removed to repair, windlass removed and taken apart to fix, autohelm removed to fix, propane solenoid taken off to replace, engine kill switch repaired, steering cables tightened,P1010032 regulator configured to work with new batteries, for anybody who believes I have started speaking Spanish with these words I am using, the complete guide to boat parts for the land lover is currently in the works. Bosuns chair, circuit breakers, carriage bolts, solenoids, sponge, vacuum gage and fuse holder are among a few of the items purchased. P1010031 Mast to get pulled on Wednesday. A great day and past weekend of work with Phil Shelton and Bruce Schwab leading the way, Jordi, Steve and myself following, learning and keeping our hands warm!

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