Loading up the credit card
Yesterday I made a post about carrying a sufficient supply of spare parts. No matter how complete our store of spares is though, none of them would be any good to us without at least a bit of knowledge, and some tools. While we accumulated most everything we needed in the tool department before we set off cruising on ZTC, I’m betting that the Leopard we’ll be taking delivery of will have not much more than a pair of pliers and a hammer on board. At least that was the case of the bareboat 4600 that we chartered.
To rectify that situation, with Michael’s credit card* in hand, Rebecca and I made a trip to Home Depot. As we walked through the aisles, we filled a large cart with all of the basics: socket sets, screwdrivers, pliers, etc., etc. etc. I had intended on taking a photo of all of the tools we purchased, because it was a pretty impressive pile, but unfortunately I forgot to, and now they are somewhere between here and Miami.
Sadly, I am still working through the Yanmar spares issue. I’ve wasted two days trying to make what, in my opinion, should have been a simple order. Perhaps I’ll get some closure on that front today.
In other news, lest you think that the “sell everything, buy a boat and go sailing without any prior experience” gig is something exclusive to Rebecca and I, here is another blog by a couple looking to do the exact same thing. Mike (yes, another Mike) and Anja are from this area and were nice enough to drive to Loveland last weekend to meet us. As fun as that get-together was, we’re looking forward to having our next meeting someplace a bit more tropical than Colorado!
*Amusingly, on two occasions I had a store clerk ask me for ID when trying to charge items on Michael’s credit card. Both times I presented them with my driver’s license, which obviously has a different name than that shown on the credit card. Neither of them challenged me on that. Doesn’t that make you feel confident? 🙂