Tradition Tradition Tradition…

This week-end, was under the hospice of the tradition. The children wanted none of the cost reduction program and lobbied for a beautiful tree. The logic was impeccable, as potentially it could be one of the last one all together, where will we be next year? I am leaving for university etc….

So while I was at my friend Jim, working on the new navigation table board the rest of the family went on a tree hunting trip. What did you say about a new board?

Original setup with hole hidden by map.

Redesigned board, with just a few more pieces of equipments.

The previous owner bless him, changed the Raymarine E80 located from inside to outside for an E120. A great move in my book, but this left a big hole in the face plate at the navigation table. The white legal piece of paper masks it. Knowing now all the equipment we will have to install (last famous word), we decided to complete the task.

The sharpie came out and list were drafted, then the template installed to give a sense of layout. Jim was the lucky recipient of the challenge and in no time had purchased the wood, today was just the first cut, checking the staining option. We shall meet soon to finalize all the important cut.

For the curious, this mean the two Xantrex and blue sky monitors, the Icom M802 face, pactor modem, dsp speaker, remote switch for the AIS, autopilot remote, AIS, and two access holes for various cables, will all have a proper place and will be secure for the long run. Can’t wait to see the final product, thank Jim to be a king of wood work and loving what you do.

The season spirit inspired our family gathering, plus we had to be out of the house on Sunday for a few hours. With that said, it seemed like a really nice idea to enjoy Dim Sum lunch, a long time we haven’t been out all together. Must be the food attraction, four of us at the same place at the same time a rare phenomenon thesedays.

This is until we are on a boat with nowhere to run to… Families who sail together, stay together! Quite the statement when realistically where can you go??

The island project is still alive for a few more weeks, so 290th will take us to Tuvalu formerly known as the Ellice Islands, is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, midway between Hawaii and Australia. Its nearest neighbours are Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa and Fiji. It comprises four reef islands and five true atolls. Its population of 10,472 makes it the third-least populous sovereign state in the world, with only Vatican City and Nauru having fewer inhabitants. In terms of physical land size, at just 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi) Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world, larger only than the Vatican City at 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi), Monaco at 1.95 km2 (0.75 sq mi) and Nauru at 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi).

The first inhabitants of Tuvalu were Polynesian people. In 1568 Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña sailed through the islands and is understood to have sighted Nui during his expedition in search of Terra Australis. In 1819 the island of Funafuti, was named Ellice’s Island; the name Ellice was applied to all nine islands after the work of English hydrographer Alexander George Findlay (1812–1876). The islands came under Britain’s sphere of influence in the late 19th century, when the Ellice Islands were declared a British protectorate by Captain Gibson, R. N. of HMS Curaçao between 9th and 16 October 1892. The Ellice Islands were administered as British protectorate by a Resident Commissioner from 1892 to 1916 as part of the British Western Pacific Territories (BWPT), and later as part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony from 1916 to 1974.

In 1974, the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu, separating from the Gilbert Islands which became Kiribati upon independence. Tuvalu became fully independent within the Commonwealth on October 1, 1978. On September 5, 2000, Tuvalu became the 189th member of the United Nations.

Some of us have to dream still, thank you for letting us.