As our journey, sponsored in large part by the nonprofit group Sailors for the Sea, was meant to raise awareness of ocean-conservation issues, we would also be bringing aboard scientists and oceanographers for different stretches of the adventure. And they, of course, would be bringing instrumentation and computers to add to the already-significant number of laptops the crew would employ. Plus, we had strict deadlines to meet, which meant that we needed a reliable diesel engine. So the single biggest job was replacing the old auxiliary. A Lugger Marine 135-horsepower diesel took the place of the gasping Westerbeke, and to power all the instruments and computers, a new 12.5-kilowatt Northern Lights generator was also installed.