It’s been a chaotic year. And the last few weeks a whirlwind. Eleven months ago, over New Year, Don and Erika decided to inspect a second-hand boat half way around the world. Since then we’ve prepared houses for rent, packed up, moved out and shipped a crate of gear to New Zealand. So much for keeping the boat light and sailing fast. Not that we’ll be sailing any time soon. There are projects to be done when we arrive, not the least of which is to install a freezer. The previous owners had kids in diapers and tossed that in favor of using the space for a washing machine. There’s also a new coat of bottom paint after which Wasco gets splashed again around Mid-December, and we get to do a little shakedown sailing. Not too far because the crate will still be clearing customs. Between the planning phase and final execution, the logistics company extended the transit time by a few weeks. So instead of crating and shipping our tools, we have crated clothing and will be carrying a couple hundred pounds of tools in our luggage. Thank heaven Laura-Lee and Erika have been fanatical about their bootcamp training. Welcome to cruising – working on your boat in exotic locations, and schedules subject to the whims of the gods.