Magwitch has been fully inflated, checked out and is yearning for the water. She is technically Magwitch 2 as Magwitch the 1st (purchased following an auction from the closed RN Dockyard in Chatham in 1984) has been retired for this voyage. She is a 3.1m Zodiak boat with an aluminium floor and an inflatable keel (for more manoeuvrability). We will be using my Yamama 3.5hp outboard engine, recently serviced by Power Products Marine in Strood. Carol and I had a long conversation yesterday morning full of practicalities – of our proposed itinerary, menus, clothing, communication and navigation… Weather permitting we will be ready for departure on Monday 24 May, around noon.