After pulling LFB out of boat yard (finally) the crew spent about a week going through a long list of items to prepare for the first leg of the trip. Plan was to head out of San Diego early one morning, get to Ensenada on Saturday, clear into Mexico and then immediately head further south to Cabo.
The list was long and diverse. ABT came in to replace the control panel in the pilot house, all the fire extinguishers needed to be inspected, the system that shuts off all of the engines and blowers in case of a fire had to be tested. The crew had shipped off the emergency raft to be inspected and updated, it was back so they went off to pick it up and reset it on the boat deck. Doubled checked all of the safety gear and updated flares, noise devices, life preservers and our new life ring.
Now that the davit was operating the dingy had to come off and checked. A new battery, a through cleaning, and the dingy was looking pretty good. More important, it fired right up and ran pretty well. The Dingy is showing its age so we are interested to see how it does.
Strapped under the dingy supports on the boat deck is the old shaft. Our parting with the boat yard was not pleasant, they graciously offered to take the old shaft off our hands for a small disposal fee. We declined, instead deciding we would take the shaft east to the gang at Nordhavn and see if it can be refurbished, or at the least sold for scrap.
Another item on the list was to replace the insulation on the main engine exhaust. LFB is a dry exhaust boat, cooled with with a closed loop keel cooler. The exhaust insulation was original and was in poor shape, so a local company took the measurements, crafted the replacement and then installed it. Engine room looks great! In the first picture you can see a bit of the old cover closest to you, the new is in the rear of the picture.
The crew checked the supply of flags, paper and electronic charts to make sure they had what they needed. And the cook (one of my brothers) began a long series of trip s to provision the boat. Multiple trips to Costco, Sams Clubs and local supermarkets supplemented a number of special seafood and Cajun goodies that would be the foundation of many of the meals along the way. Soon the chest freezer, the lazarette freezer and both drawers of the sub zero freezer were groaning under the load. Under the settees in the salon bags of rice and beans, a wide variety of canned goods and lots and lots of chips. Turns out the crew was going to eat what must have been a full months production of Doritos along the trip. Cases and cases of water were stored just about everywhere. (Even with two water makers water was must have item)
One task they worked on was finalizing the list of tools, supplies and spare parts on the boat. LFB came with a lot of stuff stored everywhere and the team wanted to make sure that they had the capabilities to fix and or replace critical items along the way. During the trip they discovered they had a pretty good handle but missed a few items that would complicate the trip logistics later. Most importantly, they double checked the fishing gear, made sure their mexican fishing licenses were in place (ordered on line and printed out, no fuss) and filled in a few gaps with some smart purchases of some used gear.
Near the end of the week the team took LFB over to the fuel dock and filled it tanks up with a bunch of pretty expensive diesel, had the very old gas pumped out of the gas holding tank on the boat deck (used to fuel the dingy) and put new, fresh gas in the tank. They prepared their emergency ditch bags, ran a few drills, filled two huge coolers with bags of ice, had one last early dinner on land, and got a few hours sleep before heading out early one morning.
Heres their last view of San Diego.
They are on the way. Next stop . . . Mexico.