I planned to leave on Tuesday July 11th 2016, which only gave me about two weeks to get Cascadia ready for her first trip across the pacific. I was in a hurry to get her ready as the strength and frequency of the hurricanes are planned to increase as the water temperature warms up, yet I still had some important tasks to be done before I felt she was ready. I lived on Cascadia for nearly three years and she was already outfitted for extended cruising so most of my tasks were routine maintenance such as replacing filters, changing the oil, making things water tight, and scrubbing the hull. However, I also did do some much needed upgrades to for this trip. Among them were replacing the tired battery bank with a new 4x100ah 12 volt system and installing 2×50 watt solar panels to charge them during the day. In addition, to sail efficiently downwind, I purchased and installed a heavy duty whisker pole from Forespar. I also installed new “Cascadia” and hailing port decals to meet new regulations after documenting my boat with the Coast Guard. However, by far what I feel was the best addition to Cascadia was the purchase of the InReach satellite transceiver from Delorme. So far it has worked flawlessly at sending texts, receiving weather, and tracking my location…it certainly eases both my family’s and my apprehension from being out in the middle of the ocean.
Author: Andrew Stephens
A Pacific Northwest native and recent graduate from Seattle University, Andy is currently sailing his 30′ Cape Dory sailboat around the world. You can find more information him by visiting his website SailingWithAndy.com or on his YouTube channel.