My plans to retrace Captain Cook's unfinished voyage have been postponed a year while I work on the next Marine Diesel Basics book and get my new boat SV Oceandrifter ready for sea.
Next time you flick the switch to turn on a light – simple, right?, think of the immense complexity behind your action that puts electrical power at your command. The wires in the wall, the meter outside, the transformers, power station and even the monthly billing. The might of modern industrial society.
Conversely, you might imagine – as many do – that sailing away on a boat is “simple”.
Think of that switch again. Just to get power on a boat requires an engine and alternator and battery bank or a wind or solar generator. All of wich has to be planned, installed, paid for and maintained. Now think of ALL the systems on a boat.
Getting everything up and ready has taken weeks, even years. But all is now as ready as it will be for “Kuan Yin’s” departure down the Labrador.
My thanks to so many friends for their continued help and support without which I’d never have reached this moment.
Hope you are having a great summer. You can check where I am by clicking on the “Where Am I? at the top of the page and following the link to the Spot page.
My aim is to reach Kujjuaq in Ungava Bay, the destination of the voyage of 1811. But I’ve worked too hard for a long time to get to this point to want to spoil everything by stressing out over a destination; so from now on I plan less on pushing the pace and more on enjoying the passage and beauty of Labrador and its people.