s/v Charabia

21 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
20 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
19 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
18 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
17 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
16 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
15 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
14 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
13 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
12 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
11 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
10 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
09 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
08 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
07 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
06 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
05 April 2018 | Kaunakakai, Molakai
04 April 2018 | Honokahua Bay - D. T. Fleming Park
03 April 2018 | Honokahua Bay - D. T. Fleming Park
03 April 2018 | Honokahua Bay

Boat Cleaning Part 2 & Honolulu Traffic!

21 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
Helen
We slept in some for a change. After breakfast, Mark put the dinghy in the water, and pulled it around the starboard side, so he could clean the hull. He removed the marks from the boat life slings. I assisted. The starboard stairway and deck were also cleaned. Mark was able to add another week to our car rental. After lunch we drove to Honolulu. The traffic on the other side was grid locked. An event at the Crystal Cave & Kyanite Lounge peaked my attention. I totally loved meeting Bonny, Ivana, Ling and Grant. Three different flavors of mediumship were given to me. Many blessings to all of them for their enlightening words. Mark spent his time at West Marine, Pops Marine, Napa and McDonalds, while waiting for me. Then picked me up and we headed back, making a few stops along the way. We sat in that grid locked traffic because their 7-lane H1 high way was reduced by three lanes. No sign of construction workers, just less lanes. The sun was shining but there was a light rain as we trudged along. Then we stopped at Home Depot, before looking for a gas station. It took many miles of driving to find one. This is the first gas station in Hawaii that accepted our out-of-state credit card at the pump. We ate dinner at Ramen Ya. I was ready for their cooked veggies. We also checked out Foodland grocery store. They had some great buys in items like shelf life milk. Drove back to the marina. Carried some of our bags to the boat. Then we walked up and showered and collected the rest of our purchases. We had a long day. It's too late to watch a movie so we may just call it a day.

Back in the water!!

20 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
Helen
Up early which was good as the Phoenician Boat Yard crew was ready to launch us. The boat lift and crew arrived. Mark paid our bill and I exited Charabia. Took lots of pictures from the ground as they positioned the slings and removed the supports. Then the crew painted the bottom of the sail drives which sitting on rubber blocks on top of large concrete spacers while on the hard. The crew did a fabulous job!! Mark got the engines started and I walked back to our rental car and drove to the marina. It was the first time driving a car since October! When I got to the marina, I called Mark using our handheld VHF and caught the lines as he stopped at the fuel dock. We filled up our diesel tank, two jerry jugs plus the dinghy gas tank. Then motored to J11. Of course just before docking, the winds picked up with a big blow. Mark backed in Charabia perfectly. Got me to the dock so I could secure the aft line and then reach the front line and secure it as well. Once that was done, we got a pail of soap and water and scrubbed the deck. From the sanding and basic yard dust, we really had to scrub every inch to get it clean. Mark also got the sling lines off the port side. We decided to clean the starboard side tomorrow as we were exhausted. Ran a couple of errands, including getting a bite to eat and came back and rested. Met Steve and Liz for dinner. Had a lovely time. Mark wanted to watch a movie. We selected a Harry Potter movie that we have never seen before. I kept falling asleep and finally Mark was tired enough to go to sleep. We are so very happy to be back in the water. Despite the high cost, the Phoenician Boat Yard did an incredible job. Everyone treated us very nicely and they accommodated all of our requests. Thanks to the entire crew at Phoenician for completing the job and getting us back in the water today!

Yard Work Complete!

19 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
Helen
Happy Birthday, to my sister, Chris! We were Up early. The boat yard crew were busy painting the props and places where the supports touched the boat. The prop shaft arrived early, but the yard had to send someone to pick up the prop bearing part. I documented all the provisions under the settee and we stored all the boxes. Mark did some research on the next leg of our adventure. It will depend on the wind direction and current. We took a break and headed out for lunch. When we returned, the parts were here. They replaced the seals in both sail drives. Additionally replaced the shaft and bearing on the starboard side. Mark installed the two props. Charabia is back together and ready to hit the water tomorrow. We headed to Walmart and picked up some of the provisions that were on our list. We stopped for a bite to eat and then drove to the marina for our showers. The breeze was cold. Unloaded everything and packed some additional boxes under the settee. Will make a final run for all the perishable foods, prior to leaving. We should be launched early tomorrow. Mark will take the boat over to the marina, while I drive the rental car. We got a little rain today, but mostly it stayed dry until the boat work was completed.

A Little of Honolulu's Charm and Lots of Luck!

18 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
Helen
Up early as the boat yard crew starts early. The noise level is enough to wake up anyone. After breakfast, Mark started working on running new cable for the wind instrument, since that was what the experts at Raymarine suggested. It pretty much took all morning to feed the cable thru all the various areas on the boat. Plus another visit by Mark into our settee storage locker. In the end, that was not the cause of the wind instrument not working. So that meant it was in the display unit itself. After some research, Mark found 4 in stock at West Marine. I worked on going thru our storage boxes of provisions and adding them to a spreadsheet. This will help in determining what else we need to buy for the next leg of our adventure. We stopped at McDonald's for lunch so Mark could use their wifi to do more research on wind instruments. We selected breakfast foods. I haven't had an egg McMuffin in a very long time. Mark got the breakfast meal. They said it would include hash browns and a drink of his choice, which he selected coffee. I checked the bill and they charged for the meal plus an additional 59 cents for his coffee. I went up to order us an ice cream and asked why there was an extra charge. Apparently, our order came with a medium coffee instead a small, which was the reason for the extra charge. She talked to the manager who came over and promptly refunded our whole meal! I was not expecting that. Then she proceeded to give us two free ice creams. What a lucky day so far! We drove to the only West Marine in Honolulu. It took time to get someone to take our order. Then there was only one unit in the store. It was supposed to include the cable to connect the old Seatalk to Seatalk NG (next generation). However, there was no cable in the box. Mark figured he could either manage or order another cable, so we bought the unit with a good discount. Another lucky part of our day. While we were heading to the check out, our lady had to call the police because another customer was caught shop lifting. The thief ended up getting out of the store via their emergency door just before the police showed up. We think the guy was one of the many homeless people that live close by the water front. They have makeshift homes all along some streets. It was so sad to see that. We expected much more from Hawaii. We headed back to the boat and Mark installed the new unit, minus the one cable to make it work. He just ordered the cable and it will be shipped to the marina by Tuesday. We headed over to shower, stopping at the Brick Oven for a very delicious pizza for dinner. They even had free wifi and several big screen tvs with various basketball games playing. Then we headed to the marina for our showers and back to the boat. Mark parked the car beside the boat and as I went to climb up, I noticed that we didn't have a ladder at all. Mark located a stack of tall ladders by the office but they were all chained together. There is a boat on the other side of the drive way with a couple that we have not seen here before. They were painting the hull of their boat in the dark with a spot light shining...and they have our ladder. The General Manager told us earlier that he observed me climbing down using the step ladder and was worried that I was going to fall off. So, he won't be happy that they took our ladder. They had another similar ladder, which Mark dragged over to our boat. When he started to climb, it looked pretty unstable. He found a couple pieces of wood and secured it enough so that we could climb up. Life in a boat yard! Since it's after midnight on the East Coast, we would like to wish my sister, Chris, a very Happy Birthday!!

Good news Bad news!

17 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
Helen
Up early. Our work crew were out by 7:30, removing the seals from the sail drives and putting on the first coat of bottom paint. They noticed that the starboard sail drive needed a new prop shaft and bearings. So, that is on order. They still are optimistic that they will be done all work by Friday(that's the good news, the bad is the cost of the new parts and overnight shipping). Mark took the instrument panel apart and trouble shot the depth sounder issue. That was successful. Mark observed the workers taking the sail drives apart and replacing the seals. The port sail drive has the seal replaced and is ready for Mark to add the propeller. Mark also replaced the diverter valve under the kitchen counter for the water maker. We drove to downtown Honolulu for lunch at Nico's right at the water front. Then stopped at Pop Fishing & Marine store as well as West Marine. It was mid afternoon when we returned to the boat. We were surprised by the yard crew replacing our small ladder with a roll-up stair case that is used with airplanes. It makes climbing up to the boat so much easier. Mark replaced the pump for the starboard shower, which we purchased at West Marine. He also, worked on sealing the starboard escape hatch which is located in the starboard head and leaks a little when we have big waves. Then we tackled adding a coat of paint to the bottom step at the back of each hull. We gathered our shower gear and headed to the marina. Along the way we stopped at a Five Guys for dinner. It was an overcast day and I thought it was going to rain at any time. However, we did not see a drop. After our showers, we stopped at McDonald's for their 59 cent ice creams. Mark said that that is the best deal on this island. I took advantage of their nice restrooms and dried my hair with the hand drier. The Hawaiian island NW of Oahu, Kauai, was flooded in several areas. Our salon temperature is 82 tonight. It's quiet outside compared to yesterday. There was a marina crew doing some sand blasting last night and it was noisy. We are looking forward to getting a good night's sleep.

Charabia on the hard!

16 April 2018 | Phoenician Boat Yard
Helen
Up early. Had breakfast and readied Charabia for the short motor next door to the Phoenician boat yard. Headed into the haul out area and found a small fishing boat being launched. Mark backed out and we motored just outside. There were small swells crashing into the rocks at either side of the entrance. Mark spoke to the foreman and he said to look for their crew who were headed to the dock. We motored back into the haul out area and I handed all four lines to two of the crew. The foreman arrived with the travel lift and positioned the slings in the correct area to lift us. Mark and I actually stayed onboard for the ride. The crew used a fork lift to gather supports for the boat to be stored on land, just in front of the work shop. They proceeded to pressure wash the bottom. It actually looked okay. After lunch, they sanded the bottom paint and readied Charabia for the new paint job. Liz as kind enough to pick us up and take us to the Hertz rental place. However, we couldn't find it using Google Maps. We finally had to call to verify the location, which happened to be in a Midas Muffler shop. No signs any where. How strange. Mark and I ran a couple of errands and then headed to the marina. Took a shower. Then we walked the dock to Steve & Liz' boat where we enjoyed a fabulous dinner and good company. We are just back on the boat. Someone is running something noisy, so hope we can fall asleep okay. There was a good breeze blowing today. The sun was hot when it peeked thru. Salon temperature is 82 degrees.
Vessel Name: Charabia
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot / Athena
Hailing Port: Jacksonville, FL
Crew: Mark &Helen
About:
We are both computer folks that were live aboard cruisers back in the 90s. We settled in Jacksonville Florida after escaping the great white north and cruising the Bahamas, T&C, DR and points south down to Trinidad. [...]
Extra: Charabia is a French slang word for nonsense or gibberish. It derives from Arabic "sharab" which means alcohol.When you drink (too much) alcohol, you start talking Charabia. The original owners named her and Mark liked the name so it stuck.
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Upgrades and maintenance to Charabia
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