Since bringing her home Arcadia I has had a bit of an overhaul. We:
- finally found someone that could solve the "freeze up" problem with the Nobeltec chartplotter.
- replaced the old secondary autopilot with a new one, demoting the old primary to secondary,
- replaced the no longer supported NorthStar chartplotter with a new Furuno.
- reconfigured the navigation system such that either chartplotter can drive either autopilot
- recommissioned the single side band radio,
- installed a new dedicated monitor for the FLIR,
- replaced all the standing rigging for the paravane stabilizers,
- replaced all the seawater hoses throughout the whole boat,
- installed a complete set of new AGM batteries,
- replaced all the navigation lights with new LED versions,
- replaced the venerable refrigerator,
- replaced the washing machine, (original one operated once the day we bought her, but never again),
- stripped the lousy varnish that we put on the teak in La Paz and oiled it instead,
- repaired a lot of minor gel coat chips,
- rigged up a carefully thought out sea anchor system that we hope to only use for crew training,
- replaced the old cone-type drogue with a more stable one from Para-Tech,
- hauled her and had her surveyed so we could get insurance for our upcoming travels. (We got a remarkably "clean" survey report),
- went through the whole DC electrical system, finding explanations to several mysteries and eliminating several "gremlins",
As you can see, we've been getting ready for this trip for several months. In addition to the work on the boat I worked on myself by enrolling in a 5 week course that led to my passing the USCG Captain's examination. I've still got to document my sea time and pee in a bottle before I get my license, but the examination is done. I've got a year to do the rest, if I want to hang the certificate on the wall. Frankly, I don't think I'd ever want to do this for hire, so I really don't need the license. I was just getting prepared for my own satisfaction and the safety of the friends and family that accompany me on my adventures.