WHAT IS OUR PLAN?
Our plan in a nutshell:
* We will prep the boat to be self sufficient
* Get our qualifications and get more experience (sail locally)
* Keep working
* Choose a route suitable for our timing OR Check timing for our route (this is still very much under debate and discussion)
* Start cruising, work in between, explore, work, sail, explore, repeat.
In a little more detail, this means:
PREP OF THE BOAT
Our boat was used for weekend leisure sailing only and we need to equip her for off shore sailing, in other words: we need to ensure we are well self-reliant, safe and comfortable close or away from land. This means different things for different cruisers/sailors. For us it means: Solar panels and battery bank for electricity (charging laptops, phones, navigation), upgrades on lights (LED), new sails, small changes in the interior, GRP gas bottles, safety equipment upgrade, hot water, here and there improved ventilation (new portholes), refrigeration, a dinghy with outboard motor to get to shore when we are on anchor and a few other items. With any luck, we can make her look pretty from the outside too.
You can really GET INTO revamping and prepping a boat. We are cautions about this.
We are getting our Skippers tickets in-between work and prepping the boat. There are 3 levels – and it is based on theory & practical with exams for both and logged hours. The trick is to get miles. This is obviously weather and time depending too.
Sailing is based on the weather (and very much on the wind). There are seasons to sail and seasons to avoid.
We both really have a pull to the Indian Ocean islands.
We are exploring to sail up along the SA east coast, settle in Mozambique for a while, over to Madagascar, Reunion and then Mauritius. I have clients in Mauritius – which kinda make it ideal. We can make our way back to SA and continue on the “normal trade wind route” after that if we feel like it.
We are open to suggestions, exploring all sorts of ideas and looking at when to go, what to do and it is all very exciting.
Happy to answer more QUESTIONS – send them our way.