In case anyone is wondering how things are going here is an update. Tomorrow my friend Patrick and I are getting a Uhaul van to get my stuff from storage. Some of it will come along on the boat and the rest will have to be disposed of or sold. That afternoon I will take everything I intend to bring along and load up the van. Tuesday morning we will head to Dagny, unload everything on the dock and load her up. I expect it will take quite some time. The locks need to be installed so that I can sleep soundly here at home with all my possessions aboard.
There should be time to look at the engine and see if anything is preventing a valve from closing. I am no mechanic, but I need to learn more about diesels and there is no better way than working on one for that. If I fail it will be time to call in a specialist.
My rudder is finished, still drying, but otherwise ready to go.
Thinking about navigation… I have a few GPS units. One is built-in my Standard Horizon (Yaesu) GX2200 VHF radio. It doesn’t display a chart of course but you do get your latitude/longitude on the screen. I bought a USB GPS for my laptop, which is running OpenCPN. My Delorme inReach satellite gizmo also has a GPS, no map display. Then there is my iPhone with the Navionics app. Using a laptop in my exposed cockpit doesn’t seem like the greatest idea. I thought about the iPhone, but my vision up close isn’t what it used to be, and the screen is rather tiny. The logical solution was an iPad. Unfortunately I really can’t afford one. Looking at Android tablet choices, after discarding many no-name cheap Chinese models (loaded with spyware), I came across the Acer Iconia A-830 for a mere $100 on Ebay. Navionics requires Android 4.0, the Iconia comes loaded with 4.1 so I should be good.