The container, although a few hours late, finally turned up on Tuesday night around 17:30. There wasn’t a comfortable amount of light left in the day to make a start packing so I measured it up to check and went home knowing the next day was going to be a big day.
Boy was it a big day. I kicked off packing at 7am and managed to get the main section in by 08:30. Vicki turned up with breakfast and coffee and gave me an invaluable hand to position the pallet in front of the container.
Everything elsewas in by 12:00 but then the fun started. Strapping it all down involved crawling over and under things many times over so by the end of the day (17:30) I was completely spent.
It was raining by then too so I just popped the seal on and went home for a rest.
Turns out I was so exhausted I sealed the handle but hadn’t closed the door properly. Darn.
Fortunately Simon at Parakai airfield obliged by removing the seal when the truck driver spotted my mistake. I arranged for another to be put on at the depot.
Now I wait for the Cap Pasado to make Tauranga port on Saturday at 11:00.
Gulp. I mean GULP!!!!!
From there it should appear in Longbeach around May 1st.
I’ve left some time in the schedule there to allow for paperwork and any red tape that may slow it up. The carnet was completed but it did seem like it was a bit of an new experience to have one for an aeroplane.
Then we will go up on June 2nd to take delivery at Chino all going well.
The plan at this stage is for it to arrive at EAA chapter 92 builder Center hangar on June 4th. That day will be unpack and formalities. The next 2-3 days reassembly.
I’m happy for people to look and help if I need it but due to time pressure hope I don’t appear rude it I don’t talk too much. After that you won’t shut me up!
16th April at 15:30 NZST saw the tug Sir Robert connect up to the Cap Pasado and ease her off the wharf. An hour and a half later she was free of port, had returned the pilot to the pilot tugboat and was making way to Suva, Fiji at 20.4 knots.
Quite a respectable, even remarkable speed for a container ship.
Just to add a bit more pain to everything. Some scumbag broke into my car over the weekend and among other things, stole my passport. This means that I need a new passport and need to go through the whole process of getting a US B1 Visa again.. Geez.. just what I need.. go and do stuff again !
Shooting is too good for some..