ARC 2014 Preparations

by Adrian on November 15, 2014

I’ve been back at the boat for just under two weeks now and we have one week to go before we’re scheduled to leave.

Its been a very busy time, packed full with preparations for ocean sailing, safety work, boat jobs and provisioning. We’ve prepared the boat and passed the ARC safety inspection and I’ve ticked off a number of major projects I’ve been meaning to do for a long while.

ARC Check-in:
ARC Check In

Grab bags, flares and safety equipment laid out ready for the safety inspection:
Safety Inspections Preparations

Disruption during boat jobs:
Interior disarray

A few of the jobs than have been ticked off recently:

Finished the conversion of the fridge from air cooled to water cooled (so it is more efficient and works better in the tropics)

Replacing our two coachroof solar panels with two new 100W super efficient mono-crystalline panels and new regulators, giving us an extra 8 Amps charging capacity. I’ve also installed a waterproof deck socket so I can plug in a third 100W roaming panel when at anchor or in settled conditions to further boost capacity. In ideal conditions we should now get 25-30 Amps of charge current.

Installing a stand-alone GPS receiver so the VHF and SSB can obtain location without having to have the main chart plotter and all the navigation instruments on.

Re-installing the backup autopilot after the last one developed an electrical fault.

Installing a permanent 12V supply to the arch mounted GoPro camera.

Installing the fittings and adding a spare Gennaker halyard in the mast.

Replacing the cooker pan holders with square section tube to make them work better

Installing a back board behind the cutlery drawer to stop knives and cutlery being knocked out and lost down the back when heeled over in rough seas.

Installing extra lee cloths and general ocean going boat preparations.

Theres a few more things to do over the next week, but nothing vital.

Food and provisioning is the next major hurdle. Jax is in the process of working through the meal plan and recipes for ingredient lists. The numbers are quite scary for four people for three weeks and 3000miles – 60 eggs, 5 tubs of butter, 96 cans, 15 loaves of bread, 100 litres of emergency water etc, etc, etc…

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mart and Vee (Timeless Odyssey) November 18, 2014 at 15:00

Bon Voyage guys and fair winds.

Tried out your NOAA e-mail weather request, works like magic. When you have spare time, keen to hear what happened with the BU auto-pilot. Will track your progress.

Down at the boat Friday, with the possibility of doing a test of the new parasailor with Stuart but I think the weather may play foul on Sunday and he will have just returned from your quayside on Saturday night.

Martyn and Veronica (Timeless Odyssey, Allures 45)


Antoine November 16, 2014 at 01:05

Enjoy every mile of the trip! Sail fast and safe. Looking forward to seeing and meeting you guys on the other side of the pond.
Incentive: a bottle (or two) of Bordeaux waiting for you in Annapolis, MD if you decide to come up North!
Antoine (S/V Ultreia – Allures 45)


Kathie Guthrie November 15, 2014 at 10:59


Have a great and safe trip.

Will try and pick you up on the Rally Website.

Best wishes

Love Kathie and Roger
SY Amazon


Mark Moss November 15, 2014 at 09:17

Looking good crew. I’ve just been sailing in Falmouth and saw an advert for a Rustler42 needig crew for the ARC. Bit late in the day! I’m planning a round Britain next year with 18 in a 90ft schooner so ‘food mountain’ springs to mind! Regards to Steve and Katherine. Look us up at


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