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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Under 1 Month to go!!!

We're getting closer every day...Rigging work nearly complete w/ assist by Chris Tutmark (still have to install the trysail track, drilling and tapping over 100 screws up the newly painted mast), spare parts and misc. baubles arriving by UPS nearly every day, HF radios tested, etc., etc.  Recently worked with shipwright Karl Jacobsen to replace rotted headliner in aft cabin (and found leak which caused the rot, a well buried, pinhole sized void in the aft hatch sealant left by the manufacturer Queen Long over 25 years ago).  Cindi is working on the medical kit, and organizing the provisioning and storage of food and other supplies.

Recently hauled Bravo out of the water to paint the bottom, and to get the prop repitched.  Had to send the VariProp back to a machine shop in Maine (!!!) to modify the max pitch available, so that we could get better performance while under power.  Took a while, but it added nearly 1 knot at same engine rpm, which gives us us perhaps a 15% increase in fuel efficiency.  Nice.

Also, while out of the water, we had her surveyed by a marine surveyor for insurance purposes.  This is always a dicey experience, as ya just never know what might be discovered.  With just a few minor recommendations, she passed with flying colors...whew!

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