Set a Deadline

12400637_196952130656003_3800477396041167432_nWhen you are planning to cruise by sailboat, it is helpful to finally set a deadline.  From experience, I can easily say that if you do not set a deadline for taking off,  you and your boat will never leave the dock.

With this in mind, Joe and I sat down this morning and set our deadline for February 2nd, which is just under two weeks.

We will be ready to leave the Florida and the US on that date, no matter what.  If we are lucky, February 2nd will also provide us an excellent weather window to cross the gulf stream to the Bahamas.  If not, we plan to leave at the first opportunity so that the crossing is safe and not too rough.

westend_edited-1Cruising plans are always fluid, but right now we plan to go from Ft. Lauderdale to the West End of Grand Bahamas Island to check into the country.

We plan to spend a little time in the Abacos, then head south towards the Exumas.

iridium-go-satellite-wifi-hotspot-device-in-the-boxTo get ready, there is so much to do!  I have been provisioning and figuring out where everything is stowed on the boat.  This is harder than it seems because space is at a premium. Joe is busy installing the new Iridium Go! Sat phone and the new wifi booster.  Joe also bought a new smart phone that interfaces with the Iridium Go! product.  I plan to write a future post about our satellite phone and how we get weather files.

Joe also has to buy all the remaining spare parts we need in case anything breaks (knock on wood).  I am also wrapping and stowing Ethan’s Easter and birthday presents to surprise him on those special days.  I planned ahead and have birthday cake mix, frosting, and balloons for his 5th birthday in April.

Now that the deadline is set, I expect we will be working longer each day in order to get things done in time.  We are very excited to get to the fun part- sailing, snorkeling, walks along the shore, beachcombing, meeting new friends, and more!  Let the countdown begin….



  5 comments for “Set a Deadline

  1. farmquilter
    January 19, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Absolutely, you need to set a date!!! It is rather like going on vacation via commercial plane – you know you are going to go on that date, rather than the delays that can happen when going via car. Praying for great sailing weather for you for your whole trip and that none of your “spares” will be needed!

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    • January 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Once the fridge was working, we knew it was time! Looking forward! Today, I went to JoAnns and bought sewing supplies for all the sewing jobs on board. 🙂

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  2. January 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Yay exciting for you! I cant wait to hear about the Iridium Go. I think they look brilliant.


    • January 20, 2016 at 2:35 am

      We got ours from PredictWind and set up went smoothly. Now Joe is doing the installation,, practice using, etc. Will report back about our experience.

      What do you have, Viki?

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      • January 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

        Nothing as yet. Still researching the options and hoping that the speed, price and technology all comes in to alignment for when we go offshore. The Iridium Go looks great. I’m hoping to get the Predict Wind people to come and speak to the boat club as they are based here in New Zealand – in the North Island


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