We are off...

I'm not sure how to start this post as I guess it is one of the most significant. The emotions have ranged from the truly sad to the elation of a new life. So what has been happening?The refit team have worked overdrive to get things ready. I used to own a rally car in my youth and I soon learned no matter how soon you started the preparations for an event you were always working until 3am the night before. And so it is with yacht preparation. The fab trio of Barry and TLC gang, Carl the Electrical and Electronic engineer and the boys from the BoatShed were all over Sephina like a rash in the final week. So what happened? The TLC boys had the piece de resistance by installing the saloon table. To say it is a work of art is to underestimate its aesthetic value. The BoatShed team led by Stephen not only finished the bimini, dingy cover, towed generator cover but also within two days turned around a cover for the table. They used all their skill to deliver a fitting design. I am waiting for a suitable occasion to picture the table in all its glory but there is a tease photo in this post. The final hero of the trinity is Carl. Not only did he have the biggest list in the last month but he also had to redo a number of systems because of my requested upgrades or because of faulty gear. The nemesis has been the LED deck lights. Admittedly they are a bit of a luxury but not to have them working in all their glory would have been a travesty. As they had all virtually blown out in a few hours of use, a new set were delivered from Cabin Marine three days before the off. The dimmer was taken out of service being suspected of delivering over its rated 12 volts an a new DC-DC regulator installed with dropper diodes to limit the voltage to below 11.

This will ensure they are well within spec and should last a life time. Despite working 13 hour days and having them ready just in time on the morning of the off, half were not working again. Carl and my brother came to the rescue and discovered I had trapped a couple of wires in my haste to have them working. I had to leave them to fix the problem as people were arriving to see us off. I didn't want a big send off but it was great to see some remarkable colleagues and old friends in those last hours. The hardest part was saying goodbye to my eldest daughter and I don't mind admitting it was a good job I was wearing dark glasses as the tears were streaming. We leave her in a good place with new baby Luke, and a brilliant son-in-law and our surrogate for the next 5 years his mother Corina who is more than a relation by marriage as we count her as one of our true friends. The appointed time came to cast off the lines and my sailing tutor Jon joined us to handle lines so we didn’t have the ignominy of crashing in the first 5 minutes.  We did drop him off at the fuel pontoon as he is taking his yacht Kika around the world as well.  The departure was bitter sweet. So many friends we have said goodbye to over the last two months and memories of some great work mates who we might never see again. But…. The journey has begun. We are liveaboards, we have set sail around the world and we are living the dream.