After arrival we set out to get some of our projects completed. The original “plan” was to get settled in Puerto Rico and spend a week or so at Marina Pescaderia , and fix a few things on the boat. We ordered a new SeaFrost refrigerator and freezer and installed them. It was actually a fairly straightforward installation. I had parts on board to redo the fuel lines. The lines were all original and I wanted to replace them instead of waiting for them to burst underway. While we were awaiting the parts to arrive I had applied for a job in Alaska. I applied to Allen Marine Tours in Juneau, as a tour boat captain. I found out while we were waiting for parts that I had been accepted for the season to captain one of their 65’ 48 passenger aluminum jet boats for the summer. This would be a great way to top up the sailing kitty. If there is one truism for sailing, it’s that it always costs more money. So our plans changed once again. We started strategizing on how we would prepare Unwritten Timeline in Puerto Rico for the hurricane season. Instead of Lisa travelling to Juneau with me for work and leaving the boat unattended she decided to stay in the Caribbean aboard the sailboat. Living on your sailboat while at a beautiful Caribbean island is a tough job, but someone has to do it.
I completed the new fridge and freezer installation, redoing the fuel system and started working on the scheduled maintenance that would be due while I was away for 5 months. I wanted to make sure the boat would be in good shape before I left. I purchased a one way ticket from San Juan to Juneau and I was on my way for my first job after leaving the military.
The best laid plans of mice and men always end the same way. Our week long stay in Puerto Real would turn into a 6 month layover.