This used to be a workbench in the workshop at Dolphin Quay Boatyard. Now it groans under the weight of my assembled goodies (including all my Simrad, awaiting installation on the Solo.

There’s another pile, at least as large, filling the inglenook fireplace in the kitchen of my rented cottage. Somehow I have to find space to fix, lash, stow, or otherwise secure all this lot somewhere in a boat measuring 23 foot by 6.

And lord only knows how on earth the crews of four are going to manage – they have 4 times as much food, and also have to find space for 4 people to hunker down below decks when the weather is bad. They’re going to be very close friends by the time they get to Antigua, that’s for sure.

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