Crew for Leg #5 looks forward
to begining there journey
Leg #4 has come to an end, and, keeping in line with
previous commentaries about the ending of a leg and the beginning
of a new one, the old and new crews here in Acapulco are having
the same feelings described by previous outgoing and incoming crews.
Dan and Mike, the remaining crew of Leg 4 are bittersweet about
the commencement of their journey - happy to get back to their families
but wistful for their adventures at sea. Meanwhile, Joe, Dennis
and Gary, the crew of Leg 5, the current and final leg, are excited
to jump on board "Nordhavn" and bring home the dependable steed
that has so far seen 15 crew members and 7 guests safely through
over 22,000 nautical miles of the world's waterways.
Crew 5 arrived Wednesday in Acapulco to a beautifully
clean, oil-changed and fueled Nordhavn. The first thing they did
was to unpack and , and once settled, went through the boat to give
her a thorough checking. Joe and Dennis spent about an hour in the
engine room, giving her a meticulous clean-up, therefore making
tell-tale signs of developing problems easy to spot. Actually, hats
were off to the guys of Leg 4. The "Holy Place" was truly spectacular
and Dennis was amazed at how things looked after 4,491 hours of
continual usage on the Lugger LP668 Diesel. He marveled, "You Alaska
Diesel guys do it right is about the best that I can say!" After
the engine room the crew moved to the more domestic affairs of the
stomach, that is, inventory of the food supply.
The boat is now completely provisioned and all that
remains is Dan's final run-through of the boat's electronics and
systems which he will go over with Joe, the succeeding Captain.
After that, the boys will imbibe in one final ode-to-Acapulco drink
as they wait the arrival of Courtney Hazlett Freeman, Senior Editor
of Yachting Magazine. And then they will shove off for "Nordhavn's"