Final Testing


Adrian had spent the summer of 2005 carefully checking every inch of his boat. Many items that would have given seasons of use in normal conditions were replaced. Some equipment was replaced because greater strength would be required to provide the life margin in the Arctic. Now, with the departure date looming ever closer, Adrian was ready to begin trials in the waters around the Isle of Wight to accustom himself to new equipment, thoroughly testing all repairs and modifications, and practicing drills for all of the emergencies that he might encounter far from home and safe haven.

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