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Old 08-05-2010, 07:00 AM   #1
Tom.B
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Preparing for The Great Loop

Here is an interesting topic to chat about:

The Carbon Wife Unit and I have, again, started talking about our "5-Year Plan" and what to do if/when the time comes we can disappear cruising for a while. Considering that we might not be able to do as much ocean cruising around the Caribbean as we might have liked, due to the limitations of our little boat. We are considering a trip around The Great Loop. It also might be a good precursor to a Caribbean trip in the future, but go with me on this.

What should we be doing, aside from the obvious, to be preparing for a journey of this magnitude? At possibly five years, or more, before we might go, IS there anything we can/should be actively doing? What other skills should we work on? What kind of money (I know this is a hard one to ask) should we be saving? Any systems we need to pay particular attention to and electronis fiddley-bits we should look at?

Facts: 35' Senator, single 135h.p. Perkins with 2100 hours, 300g fuel capacity, 150g fresh water, 30g waste, minimal electronics (2 radios, older chartplotter and GPS, flakey depth sounder), 4-6v golf cart batts as house bank, single Series 31 starter battery, Lewmar windlass, 35# CQR anchor with small Danforth as backup, approx $50k still owed on loan, $120k owed on house, I'm a Gemini and like long walks on the beach All-in-all, a pretty solid craft that was well cared for by the previous owner.

Looking forward to the advice.
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