One year’s work to prepare our sailboat
When leaving for a sailing trip, it’s best to leave well equipped. We had one year to be ready. This preparation was demanding because it concerns many disciplines: electricity, electronics, safety equipment, training and medical equipment, rigging, engine overhaul, weather training, carpentry, installation of a fridge, sewing, sanding, painting, administrative preparation, insurance …
We also had to install the equipment which allows us to take the microplastic samples for OceanEye. They must be done according to a specific protocol so that the data collected can be used for analyzes. The sailboat must therefore be equipped with, among other things, an anemometer which makes it possible to measure the force of the wind when collecting samples. The purchase of this equipment and the Manta Trawl, as well as training in Switzerland, are part of a sizeable budget necessary to be able to sample.
To leave in complete safety and reassure our two moms, we also needed a good preparation and suitable equipment: several distress beacons, an Automatic Identification System, a satellite phone to communicate with earth and to download the weather files, mandatory safety equipment.