Wednesday, April 30, 2008

New Manager

Hi - It's Bill's son, Brad. I will try to keep everyone updated about Dad's trip over the pond to Europe. Happy sailing!

extra storage

You can never have enough storage especially for a trans Atlantic crossing. The two storage boxes in the cockpit (one on each side of the transom door) serves as storage, and seat. I was glad to receive the mahogany for the seat from George van Ankum. THANK YOU GEORGE!!!

Also we have added a seat, and storage box on the bridge, as well as a extra freezer, for all the fish we are going to catch during the crossing.

The engine

The 60 hp Nanni diesel is carefully slid into place, and coupled to the sail drive.

Folding prop.

The propeller is installed, now we are ready for the engine to be dropped in the engine room.

The sail drive

The sail drive is installed.

Making room!

The generator had to be moved to port so that we had room for the "get home engine"

The platform you see here is what came with the engine. It had to be fitted to the hull, and a hole put through the hull for the sail drive.

Getting ready

Le reve has been pulled from it's nice and warm winter spot, and is outside having the get home engine installed.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

four of the five crew

On April 3de three of the four crew members who are coming across the Atlantic went to the boat to discuss various aspects, and systems that needed to be done on the boat before the crossing.

I have commitments from four people who will join me as crew members for the crossing.
The three in the picture are
Bottom row from right to left Bob Fisher, Mike Lankes, Standing from right to left Eugene Kohlmets, and yours truly. Missing is Clyde Honeycutt.

All men are avid boaters with a great deal of experience. I could not be happier with the crew, and I know that we all will have an experience of a life time that we are looking forward to with much anticipation. We all understand that a lot of planning goes into something of this nature, and that we can not leave anything to chance. A lot of thought and work has gone into this project already, and there still are still many more things to do before we can shove off. Even though a lot still has to be done, it looks like we will meet our dead line of leaving Brewerton NY on or about the 15th of May. and prepare for a crossing starting sometime during the first week of June.

As things develop, I will keep you updated on this blog as much as possible, so many who have asked will be able to join us on this journey via this site. To all who have asked I appreciate your interest, and excitement for this once in a lifetime experience.

Continuing our journey on Le reve

Not much has been reported on this site since last Sept. However soon we will take up the task of keeping this blog up to date as much as possible, and keep you posted as we prepare to do the Atlantic crossing .