I’m Leaving…

ben board

March 19, 2012
Lat: 35 17’. 3 S
Long: 174 06’. 4 E
Weather Observation: Pissing down rain and a butt load of wind
16:29 (NZ Time)
Days Events: Bail out dinghy after 19mm of rain in one 3 hr gap. Found a weather window to go ashore and re-supply. Forgot coffee and milk…..
Stereo: Barringtone Levy
To Whom It May Concern:
I’m leaving, not today, nor on a jet-plane. But soon, and aboard our new flagship bound for the Promised Land. We approach the end of March, and I’ve been in the “civilized” world far too long this time. Some people talk about us voyagers going “tropo.” In my humble opinion, it is the other way around.
This is the first official Blog for us. Few people may remember some that were posted on the old wordpress site, however those days are behind. I never really gave in to those writings. I found it awkward and forced. Never wanting to sound like we were gloating, always claiming or preaching. But once again, those days are behind. I will not be writing all of the “Capt. Blog’s.” I hope to have our guests, friends and crew fill in these blanks on later days. This is to give outer perspectives, and relieve you, our peoples, of my Cabin Fever induced ramblings.
Tomorrow is a big day for me, no, for us. Things didn’t go to plan, but when do they? It has been a long, and sometimes arduous, two years to get here.
Since Jan 1st of this year the heavens opened up and shone a light in our direction. As I awoke to complete clarity after a long night watching my holding in gusty north winds off the coast of Moorea, the sleeping tiger rose up, to get back on the streets. Done his time and took some chances.
Went the distance, now he’s back on his feet. Just a man, with a will to survive.
The journey was mixed with raw emotion, but it all seems pointless now. Then again, it may never have happened if the eyes were taken from the prize.
Now with everything in place we begin.
We now have control of a little gem of a yacht. She’s 38ft of bliss. In true Wharram style the boat is completely lashed together and the hull design derives its lines from ancient Polynesian sea-faring craft. On-board we have all modern safety equipment required for open-ocean voyaging. So that’s E-pirb, VHF, Sat phone, Life Raft, Harness’s, jack lines, life vest, you name it, we are holding. As for creature comforts, there’s two spacious double cabins 1 integrated with the galley, 1 with the head, there’s two singles, 1 per hull. Ohhh she’s a treat, all of our interior and exterior lights are L.E.D., there’s a 75 liter fridge/freezer a two burner stove w/ oven. The entire boat runs off 4 x 90 watt solar panels… It’s the closest I’ve ever came to being a proud father, though technically this would be an interracial adoption, I’m so proud!
She is exactly what we were looking for. “The best combination of old and new.” Everything you need and nothing you don’t.

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