Welcome to the Marine Diesel Basics Blog

Welcome aboard this new blog – where I’ll be writing posts and sharing informal videos about the preparations for Ocean Five’s passage across the Indian Ocean – planned for January 14th 2021

This is the date I’m aiming for but, like everything in sailing and boats, all plans subject to change.  I’m steadily working through the critical issues:

  • windvane adjustments and sea trials
  • autopilot – problems
  • water tanks – changing plumbing
  • manual bilge pump – install new system
  • anchor windlass – needs new motor
  • treble check gps, radio and navigation equipment
  • waiting for paper charts of the Indian Ocean to arrive
  • buying and storing food for 90 days at sea (passage should be about 30-40 days)
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