Wednesday, October 19, 2005

We got the propane line installed. The stupid old line had three joins in it, so it was a good thing we got a professional to do it. He tested our propane sniffers and said he didn't think they were working. SO, that means we had a propane line with three joins in it and nothing to detect leaks, enough to make you throw up your hands and say "just shoot me". We now have to figure out how to take out the detectors and have them tested. I tried to follow the lines from the dectectors back to where they hooked up ( so we wouldn't have to cut the lines) and got as far as the engine area and then they disappeared into the nether regions below the floor boards. We left that job for another day and went up to Arbutus Ridge to check or snail mail and have supper with Barry's Mom.
We sailed down to Victoria yesterday and went to a Bluewater Cruising meeting. That was our first sight of the Straits of Juan De Fuca, there was a lot of water out there!!!! There was a couple that had been on a 9 year cruise around the world that did a slide presentation. They had some marvelous stories to tell and some great pictures. There was also a guy that stood up and talked about the education classes that they are going to have this winter. There is going to be one on sail repair, fiberglasing, and electricity. We plan to go to all of them. There is also a group called fleet 2006 which consists of everyone who is planning on leaving next year and the year after. They get together and decide as a group what kind of things they want to do over the winter and how often they want to meet. This should be another good source of info and helpful hints on where to find out what we need to know and who we should be talking to. I am really looking forward to cramming my brain full of boating knowledge. We know how to sail, we just have to figure out how to be able to repair our boat without it costing us an arm and a leg everytime something goes wrong and having the confidence to be able to say I CAN FIX this, and it is going to work and I know what I am doing.