Unscheduled Stop In Maui
01 September 2011 | Maui
Our trip across the channel between the Big Island and Maui was windy, about 25 to 30 knots, but uneventful except that when we tried to unfurl the mainsail it would not come out of the mast. We had removed the mainsail last week to have it refurbished and apparently when we refurled the mainsail there wasn't enough halyard tension and/or sheet tension, so the rolled up sail was too big to be able to exit smoothly. Rather than deal with this on a moonless night, we sailed with the jib only and planned to make landfall at a harbor in Maui and get it fixed in the morning.
On arrival at the harbor this morning at around 730 a.m., we got the mainsail tensioned properly and it is now working smoothly. After resting a bit we'll head back out to sea later this morning.
Some of the overhead hatches were leaking; I took the opportunity in port to apply a liberal bead of silicone sealant to them. It will be some work to get them open again when we get to San Francisco, but at least we'll stay dry, hopefully.