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Tuesday 19th September 2017

Flight from LHR to Seattle and finally on to Victoria.... after useful few days spent in Solent area and Southampton Boat Show getting boat stuff organised.

Many thanks to kindly BA staff for allowing the loading of Furlex parts in long (2.45m) cardboard tube to bring back to boat for replacing damaged foil parts on inner forestay. Was worried it might not have been allowed on flight but all went well at LHR.

Thanks to Derek Gilbert of Raymarine UK for enabling servicing (by Simon) of E120 plotter and liaising with Hy-Pro who sent replacement AP solenoid valves.

Thanks to David Grey of Jabsco for providing a replacement head toilet pump.

Thanks to Flash at Performance Rigging at Hamble Point for help with getting Furlex parts quickly.

Thanks to my friends Karen and Stuart of Commodore Yachting and Neil of Boatshed for looking after me.

Thanks to Dave Selby for his kind words and a signed copy of his amusingly-written 'Impractical Boat Owner' - I'm looking forward to reading it while at sea soon.

A long travelling day - started 9a.m.BST at Southampton Boat Show, on to Raymarine in Fareham to pick up plotter, then to LHR for 3:30 p.m. flight to Seatac..... Delayed flight on to Victoria due to cancelled 9.20p.m. Alaska flight - ETD now 11:15p.m. PDT, giving arrival in Victoria (YJJ) around midnight = 8 a.m. BST! Need to catch up on some sleep....

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