Last year (2011) we took care of some large ones: 3 new sails; new wind/speed/depth instruments; new chartplotter/radar; new primary anchor and new chain rode; and almost all running rigging replaced.
Still, so many projects to start/complete before we head south in August (or will that be September?)
We have some larger items we know we need/want to take care of, such as (not in any special order):
- backstay insulators for SSB antenna
- standing rigging check and, if needed, replace rigging
- purchase and install solar panels (which brand?)
- AIS transponder
- repair or replace several portlights
- install permanent chair or bench for nav desk
- remove large wooden navpod over companionway and replace with low-profile shelf
- cockpit table
- purchase/install liferaft
- engine maintenance
- haul boat, bottom paint, etc
and lots and lots of "smaller" items, such as:
- improve arrangements for computer on nav station
- manual foot pump in galley
- heavy weather tie downs (drawers, floorboards, etc)
- add more fans
- more interior LED lights
- etc, etc, etc
And then there are the questions about "luxury" items:
- do we install a watermaker (current answer: "No"). If yes, which type?
- do we replace our older energy-hungry refrigerator with a newer more-efficient one? (Current answer: Hmmmm, maybe)
- New generator? (Current answer: No! We'll stick with our Honda e2000)
The list goes on and on (and on). I guess this is how everybody feels as they prepare to leave. And I (David) am the type that has to have everything "just so". I know, I know -- "everyone" (all those websites...) says "it'll never be completely ready -- just go". Time to think that way will be when it is getting closer -- in the Summer.
Must be lots of others feeling the same way right now.