These are the voyages of the sailing vessel Pétillant. Her original eight-month mission: to sail from Baltimore to France via Florida and the Bahamas, to successfully navigate the shoals of the French douane, to boldly go where few Maine Coon cats have gone before was completed in 2008. Now she is berthed in Port Medoc and sails costal Spain, France, and the UK during the summer months.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Preparation for Sea

rxc has been working hard to get the boat ready for departure, which is currently forseen to occur on Wednesday, May 7, around noon (high tide here in Stuart). The list of stuff to buy and stuff to do has been quite long. He recovered the genoa from the sailmaker - they just replaced the leech and foot tapes which has deteriorated in the UV down here. The medical kit is supposed to arrive tommorrow (Monday). We now have 2 backup handheld GPS units on-board, and Art will be bringing his handheld, as well. Tommorrow, rxc will go down to Ft. Laudredale to pick up the new electronic chips for the chartplotter, and Chick will be arriving at PBI at about 12:30.

The boat is quite garish at this point, with 12 bright-yellow diesel gas cans all over the place, and the dinghy engine is stowed, but the dinghy itself is waiting for help from Chick. The engine oil was changed yesterday, and the watermaker checked out fine 4 days ago, when it was un-pickled. We also have flashing lights to hang on our lifejackets, powerful SOLAS-grade signal flares, and LOTS of kitty litter and kitty food and kitty grease and a kitty dental kit for the cats that are NOT on-board. rxc will be picking up a new key for the lawnmower (in France) on Tuesday, and will also be rigging the jacklines on Tuesday. Art and Nathalie will be provisioning the boat on Monday while rxc is in Ft. L and picking up Chick.

All-in-all, quite a bit to do for the trip. But the weather looks good, and the SPOT website now has a "shared page" location that will show (I think) the location of the boat. I think that it will also show the track, or at least the history of messages sent. We will have to check this out over the next few days - maybe with some tracking messages sent from the car as rxc goes down to Ft. L and back.

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