Today should be the day. It’s been a lot more work getting the boat ready and a bad starter had us delayed. We will have a new one this morning and will leave as soon as the engine starts.
Working on a boat always takes longer than you think it will. It is best to be small, limber, and ambidexterous. I am none of those. Finding 2 wires that run up to helm sounds easy until you crawl in below the cockpit and try to identify and pull back one cable from a bundle of cables and hoses. Then make a connection on your back while dropping a short screw three times. It can all be done, but it takes a lot of time. Multiply that by 5 or six simple jobs and time flies.
Now we are stowing supplies and spares and are down to a few non-mission critical tasks. The Virgin Islands are about 1200 nm from here. I say about, because we will not go on a straight line course. First we will go about 200 nm off-shore before turning south. That is to stay clear of Caper Hatteris. The trip will be about 10 days, plus or minus a couple. Winds and seas will dictate.
I should post again before Christmas.