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Retrospective Wishes

By The Ithaka - Published April 07, 2006 - Viewed 1239 times

Retrospective Wishes

Mick K of San Jose, California, wrote to ask us: "Looking back on your first year, what do you wish you'd done before you left?"

From Douglas: There's lots of things we wish we had done before we left, but if we had done everything we think we should have done, we wouldn't be leaving for another 40 years, and the point is to get out, because there's no way you can be prepared for everything anyway. Still, both of us are sorry we didn't take some Spanish lessons. That would have enhanced our visit to Cuba, Mexico and Guatemala (luckily, they speak English in Belize). But we're remedying this by taking intensive Spanish in Guatemala.

We also have harnesses and jack lines (our policy is to wear harnesses after six and in any foul weather). We have personal strobe lights, a man-overboard module, three throwable horseshoes, a Lifesling, and lights and whistles on our foul weather gear. The rudder is easily fitted with an emergency wood tiller, which lives below. All this is great, but the biggest piece of safety gear is the boat itself. Ithaka was extremely strongly built (some might say overbuilt) to take a beating out there.

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