Springtime Plan

Janet relaxing onboard Tortuga
Janet relaxing onboard Tortuga

The to-do list is growing for Tortuga.  When we return to her in the Springtime we have a pretty extensive list of things that we’ll need to do to get her back in the water again.  I think between Janet and I we can get it all done in a couple of weeks.  First on Janet’s list is a good cleaning from having sat in the boatyard for the winter.  This will give us a chance to dig into all of the various spaces and update the boat’s inventory.  We’re using an app called MyStuff2 Pro that maintains a running inventory of all of the spares and supplies onboard.  Currently we have over 1,000 line items of things that are stowed away in the various spaces throughout the boat.  The app knows where everything is, quantities, expiration dates on food and medications, and photos of all of the items.

Aside from cleaning and re-storing things, we’ll have to de-winterize all of the systems; removing the polyethylene glycol and replacing with appropriate water.  This includes the engine, generator, watermaker, Electro-Scan toilet, fresh water system, washing machine, etc.  The sails will all have to be re-rigged, the canvas picked-up from the sailshop and installed, batteries topped off, etc. The list is pretty extensive.

One item that we’re really excited about is removing the paint from the upper portion of the aluminum hull.  This will expose the aluminum all the way up to the toe-rails.  We are going to run a new stripe around the hull, add new naming and port-of-call decals, and possibly polish the bare hull.

Can’t wait 🙂