04/03/2013, Hawaii sailing
up at 6 stowed dinghy away by 7 was great perfect till we get to the valley between the volcanoes the sea and winds picked up to 25 27 knots so shortened sail . my temp furler line was a bit short so was a huge struggle to reef the massive geni. but with some smarts i managed to get her in before 27 knots now just 1.5 miles south of Lahinia in a quiet anchorage on the 3 of us solo sailors bit of a walk to town and row to shore but hey we need our exercise going to have pot luck here tonight then tomorrow go to town for some more food for the next leg to Molikai and Oahu i will have crew for that leg as hear its a nasty crossing to Oahu xo like a little company will update along the way
hugs to all vicky and chika
04/03/2013, Hawaii sailing
the two day trip is turning into 5 or 6 departed on Thursday for top of the Big Island for the leap to Maui was great two guys came to do the leg they from Oahu, we were flying right on course 7.4 knots 9 miles out of anchorage and sunset my steering cable snaps, so emergency tiller into a comercial harbor called some other cruiser friends and they were able to snag a cable on their way home from work, left it hidden for us to pic up in am. found out after all taken apart needed swedge fitting, called and found someone on goodfriday to do got a ride with a fishing captain to town Kona , did the swedge and called another new friend that works on the fish farm boats he said he could give me a ride back on his motor cycle. wow what a ride awesome the views and just flying. he came aboard and we sorted out and made them all a great dinner. the guys asked is their girlfriends could do the passage if they could fly in that am and we head out by 7 ish. so in am we became 5 for passage. at 7:30 up anchor we find the cables are crossed so left is right etc so we take all apart again and 10:10 we depart. crossing is nice, made in by sunset a small bay on south of Maui. next am we head for Lani or Moliki what ever the wind take us.. we get to Molikini and on the nose 25 plus. Omanchi another Cdn boat hails me says come on it to Makena as good holding in this mess, the pass is now unpassable so some in with Whales cruisng with us very very close and gee dolphins on the bow, they both guiding us to save anchorage.. was AMAZING crew had to depart re time frame so am here with two other single handed sailors and we will make out way to Lahina in next day or two re weather. not bad bit rolly and winds still 20 plus the dolphins continue to entertain. so how bad can it be..
hugs vick and chika more passages ahead .. pic up crew for Half Moon bay on the 15th stay tuned
Finally getting sorted after such a hecktic Holiday season and haul out after the 24 day crossing.. from Rangiroa and what a crossing..
all is well the NEW shaft is installed and new Coupler as both needed replacing the one they put back on was 3" to short.. thus the problems of loosing the shaft also old cuppler was missing its key and the set screws were never SET.... thus again..
so want to thank the crew of the Coast Guard Aux here Roger Paul and Rick for getting us into a port .. so we could get sorted and towed to the haul out at Gentrys Marina...
where over the holidays.. i mangaged to get a new shaft and coupler.. installed and well looks pretty darn solid to me...
holding here on a mooring.. till late Feb as the seas and winds are not in my favor of getting back with my friends on Cetus and Bambilario in Hilo..
so here is sit on a mooring/dock feels like i am on a passage these days with high surf these past few days.. mooring lines chafing and well.. just crazy getting ashore.. on a makeshift ladder.. hanging form a cleat.. not pretty site..
have gentlemen run to my rescue.. as they say it looks awkward and tough.. and it is.. tho better them not lend a hand as they would end up in the drink.. so all is well slowly getting back to normal.. lots of small repairs.. Chika i think happy to be back on board... all tho the big house was a big playground for a bit.. he she watches the mongoose family here at the docks and chases the birds off the bow..
have lots of good pics to share.. when someday i get a good internet..
looking to fly home in March for a short time.. then back to prepare for another passage... ... maybe Mexcio.. hmmm
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12/12/2012, Leg 2 Hawaii or bust
yup we currently being towed.. to a coast guard mooring for the night. then figure rest out we got into the lee of the island about 5 ish.. and had to work on the shaft again as iwas out .. a bit so got it going an hour later is had slipped and no go.. also in the lee no wind notta nothing nodda a current that a least pulled us north where we wante at .7 knots so about 2:30 the USCG came with a grady white type boat and is towing us. so letter are going to be written about this poor work on my trans and all of this. we thank goodness never hit the duldrums or we would still be out there. last night was the touchest winds to 35 knots.. and the cockpit was full of water more than not.. we actually floated a couple of times.. thus my lifejacket inflated.. crap. the walk about this am shows my fuel tank stations pulled right out of the hull and bent.. a reall mess that from a hit of a wave. they were some nasty ones. so till late i can hardly see straight so tied. we will spend the night on a mooring ball and wait our fait in am.. no hot dinner no propane.. do not think either of us has any energy to replace the solinoid.. till later enjoying the ride and quiet .. swoosh as we move along.. and not having to flounder out here waiting for wind in the right direction..
12/11/2012, Leg 2 Hawaii or bust
yup we are still out here and still in crap seas and big winds.. 20 -25 and gee got our report this am from our weather router and they both winds and seas are to get bigger later this aft eve.. till we hit 19N we are about 60 miles plus off of the southern point of the islland doing about 3.4 knots.. seas 10' messy.. 18 06N 155 02W
after 19N winds change direction and lower speeds. seas lay down a bit.. then further into the lee they lay down and change quite a bit then we will have to work on our Geni sheet as we will need it to give us some power heading up to Kona.. tomorrow some time that will all be done when we can go forward on deck. seems the sea got to the propane solinoid as no go no COFFEE again.. makes hard nights.. and well back to being very creative.. still have some tuna and wraps.. so
till then real rocky its hard holdig the computer and sat phones and typing the same. so more in calmer seas tomorrow
till then hope all is well with everyone..
12/09/2012, Leg 2 Hawaii or bust
day 22 and made 128 miles 280to go.. and well got the weather report it just not going to let up.. seems we will be in 20 -25 till mid week then around or near point we are to add yes add to that 5-10 knots with confused seas.. seas to 13 ft gee what fun ahead...
took a wave last night well the biggest yet.. the nice dry salon chika and i cuddled well like a bucket of water was THROWN on us.. can not figue out how..it go through the overhead hatch but it did we were dripping pillows beddng every thing Rudy was floating around in the cockpit.. as water spilled down the companion way..
so think it was to prepare us for what ahead.. think i will just get out my wet suit.. and goggles for the last run up to KOna
so till again if i can find a dry place to write and hold on at the same time..
15 50N 153 09W 5 knots currently winds 21