The Notice of Race (NOR) is out and published. This is the exact requirements you and your boat, need to join the regatta. With this list in hand I could finish the build, and prepare for the race. Safety gear check, food check, spares check, paperwork to join the 5.80 one design fleet … uhhh, ok let’s get that done. Well first thing, my lead bulb was a little too heavy. I think what happened was, I kept all the keel weights separate (but within specifications) and now I have a little re-do. I removed the bulb, drilled a series of large holes to remove weight and reinstalled the bulb.
Also I had built the boat to the letter of original specification. This called for “fluorescent color” on the house and observation pod. Now we are able to use “a high visibility” color. The original fluorescent paint had faded to white, I had the areas wrapped in vinyl (it came with a 3 year fade warranty).
Shipping has been a 100% up hill learning curve. No one seems to be able to help you. Finding a local “freight forwarder” (shipper) at your local port was not difficult. But finding a receiving freight forwarder in a country where you do not speak the language, or do not know a single person was tough. My local shipper does not have any offices or contacts in Portugal, 5.80 race control does not know of anyone. Somehow by emailing a friend of a friend of a friend, I made a random contact in Portugal.
“Totalplan” is the freight forwarder I am using in Sines. (Sines, Portugal is where the container will be unloaded from the ship). Totalplan will clear the boats through customs and will overland truck the container to the shipyard in Lagos for vessel reassembly. I will highly recommend them … when I see how things turn out in the end. I really just wanted to pay someone to tell me what to do, or better yet do it for me. Turns out I have learned (against my will) a great deal about shipping, that I never wanted to learn.
The boats rolled easily into the container, using the dollies we built the boats on. Somehow we ended up with a "HC" container. "HC" might mean high ceiling. We did not need this but the extra height was nice for strapping the boats down, and moving around to wedge fenders on the hull sides and such (yes we put two boats in a 40 foot container and split the costs). Below are the boats in the warehouse and in the container. Fingers crossed we will be sailing soon.
Next stop PORTUGAL !