Sunday, November 16, 2008

It keeps on going and going and going...

Well, the garage sale is finished. Yippee!! It was not fun watching years worth of accumulated "stuff" being sold for pennies on the dollar, but it is what it is - a step on the way to leaving. We made a few thousand dollars, and that will go a long way to paying for some of the really expensive stuff we need to put on board Pelican. Yes, you can do a cruise without getting all of the things we're getting, but I'm not the kind of guy who likes to camp. I need a bit of luxury, and my generator and air conditioning unit is going to give me the little luxury I'm looking for. There is still so much more I haven't even figured out yet, but we'll get there.

I decided that I'm going to make an impromptu visit to Pelican tomorrow (Monday). One of the items we need to install is an outboard motor crane. The new outboard engine for our new dinghy is going to weight about 120lbs. You can't just pass that down to a person waiting in the dinghy like we currently do with our 45lb 6HP outboard. As a result, we need to install a small "crane", which is basically just a pole with a lifting tackle giving us some leverage to raise and lower the engine.

The pole, however, has to be mounted on the stern of Pelican, along with our two outboards, our BBQ, two GPS antennas and the mounts for our cockpit enclosure. This might take some finagling, so I'm going to head south for the day (via my best friends at Southwest Airlines) to figure out how to best position it. I don't want to have any surprises later. It sucks to have to spend the money to fly down last minute, but, once again, it is what it is. I'll let you know how this truly exciting trip works out.

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