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Nav/Com: The previous owner had some longer trips planned, and therefore she has some useful equipment. This includes 2 methods of self-driving (SIMRAD electronic tiller pilot + self steering wind vane) which we have tested mostly successfully. Also - she came with an AIS transponder (to see and be seen by larger vessels). We'll install a GPS (in addition to paper & Garmin Bluechart on the iPads) & get some form of long-range communication (likely IridiumGO instead of SSB because we're young poor people). For emergency communication, we've got an EPIRB & a spot tracking device.
We can't wait to make her feel like home. If you ask Trev - that will mean throwing out most of our stuff, bringing on board the bare minimums (tools & 2 pairs of shorts), buffing the hull shiny and working on his "baby" (the engine). If you ask Jamie - that will mean getting rid of the "Bayfield orange" counter tops & "old mariner" curtains, refinishing the bare white fibreglass floors, and figuring out how to sail her MAX FAST. We'll see how all that goes... ?
Although smaller than what we'd originally planned for this trip - we are in love! In all her 39 years of existence, she's never left Canadian waters but we are confident she can handle it. Although when we bought her we intended to change her name (yes, we know, that would have been an expensive champagne bill), it has quickly grown on us as we get to know her... so, "Frannie C" she shall remain, and the more time we spend with her, the more "Frannie" she becomes.