It has been a wet and windy winter for FPB 78-1 Cochise and her Kiwi boat builders at Circa. Perfect for sea trials.
But now, with 200+ hours on the engines and the days getting longer, we have been thinking of flight.
The much debated question of where-to has been resolved.
A morning sky like this means one thing: high pressure.
New Zealand customs have done their export inspection and we have our clearance. There are a couple of items left on the to-do list, a trip to the grocery store, and Cochise, now sitting down on her lines for the first time, is ready to fly.
Assuming the weather stays true to the predictions – three different models are in agreement – we are off for the tropics.
The frontal passage has occurred as promised, clearly signaled by this lovely band of color. The southeast winds are building seas. The leading edge of a high pressure system, and the surfing it promises, is just too big a temptation to miss.
We’ll be turning left at Breem Head and heading to Fiji.