Our Move Aboard
Well, I guess
we’ll have to go sailing; my house sold a couple of weeks ago, I gave-up
possession yesterday and we have now officially moved aboard Sequitur.
Edi and I flew
earlier this week from the RCNA convention, where I handed-over my
President’s gavel and relinquished the last of my official responsibilities.
We then spent the week sorting, selling on Craigslist, trashing, packing and
moving the keepers to the boat and to the storage locker.
has gone over to her house on the
to go through the sorting, selling, trashing, packing and moving routine, while
I continue to sort, organize, juggle and stow onboard. Her house has not yet
sold (a couple of weeks ago she turned-down an offer of 90% of ask) but it is
priced well and should go soon. Next week we’ll haul her keepers to storage
Vancouver, leaving her house vacant. Then we’ll busy ourselves with the final
bits of preparation for sailing off over the horizon.
our departure arrangements is the completion of our pied-a-terre here in
Vancouver. A year-and-a-half ago, we bought a new loft in a century-old building
in South East False Creek, which was scheduled for occupancy in May 2009. A city
hall strike delayed permits and the commencement of construction, delaying
completion until August. No problem, August fit nicely with everything else;
however, the huge demand for construction on the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
projects caused August to migrate to October, forcing us to move our stuff to
storage for a couple of months. It is a real juggling act moving over four
decades of stuff from two houses totalling 5,000 square feet, into an 800 square
foot loft and a boat. Having to do it through storage certainly adds to the
still a few things to tweak on Sequitur. The watermaker is
awaiting a new salinity probe, we still have to fine-tune the SSB antenna
set-up, we still have a problem getting the Raymarine Class B AIS to talk to the
Raymarine E Series and we are awaiting the modifications to the cockpit canvas
necessitated by the addition of the solar array arch. Then there’s the final
bit of spares and stores to add and stow.
We could have
delayed our sail-away until after moving into the loft, but not wanting to be
caught by further delays and having to transit the
coast after mid-October, we are sticking to our original mid-September
departure date. We’ll fly back to
to take possession of the loft and move our stuff from storage. By then, the
hurricane season should be nearly over, and we can fly back to Sequitur and
weeks today, on the 13th of September we sail out.