s/v Charabia

23 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
22 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
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

Touring Historical Pearl Harbor

23 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
Helen
Up early. Drove to the Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor. It was sprinkling on the way. I think we got the last parking spot in their huge lot. Walked to entrance. No charge to get in. They showed a half hour movie recapping what happened on Dec. 7th, 1941. We were at the end of the huge group and found they were lacking enough seats, so we stood. Once the movie was over, we walked out to the dock where a boat was waiting to take us to the Arizona Memorial. It was a short ride over. The wind was howling to the point that a few people lost their caps. We saw one of the ship's crew save one using a fishing net and returned it to one of the tourists. We walked into the main area which is open at the top, with one cut out area, with a part of the Arizona ship below. We also saw some of the wreckage sunk below the water line. On the one side you could actually see pools of oil that are still escaping from the wreck. Then there was a walkway thru to a wall that listed all those who perished. It was not a long stop. I actually touched a piece of the ship that was sticking out of the water beside the memorial. When the boat returned, we walked over to the Bowfin Submarine and Museum and toured both. Also, took a lot of pictures. They did a wonderful job putting together all the displays from that fated day. We had head sets that described the different areas of the submarine. We headed back to the boat, stopping along the way for lunch at Outback. They had free wifi, so I sent out some pictures. We stopped at a post office which was in a nice building but we couldn't find the entrance. One door on either side led into the bank of post office boxes. But they put up a solid wall where the actual post office resided. You had to go outside and around the building to find the entrance. We waited in a long line since it was during the lunch hour. Also, this location didn't open until 10 a.m.! Drove back to the marina and picked up a couple of deliveries at the marina office. Then headed back to the boat. Mark worked on the wind instrument. There were mixed results. Mark thinks it's still an issue with the wiring. He climbed the mast twice, once to get the wind indicator off the top of our mast and again to return it. He tested it on deck using a test cable and it worked fine. However, when he re-attached it, it still fails to work. I was tired after he climbed the mast twice. We took a break and walked up to the showers. Came back and had a light dinner. I think we will be watching the rest of a Harry Potter movie. Mark may be making a pot of popcorn to go with it.

Touring Oahu!

22 April 2018 | Ko Olina Marina, Oahu
Helen
Enjoyed a long night's sleep. Decided to pack up our snorkel and swim gear and head out to the West side of Oahu. We stopped at McDonald's for their free wifi and did some research. We followed the West shore as far North as we could go. We stopped at several beach areas. Talked to some people that were snorkeling and they told us some good locations for turtle and dolphin sightings. So, we took notes and may take Charabia over there after we leave. Many mountains in the distance. We could see lava imbedded in the greenery. I love all the different big trees with colorful flowers in bloom. The sunny day included low hanging clouds over the crater area. It was a beautiful view. The beaches were gorgeous. Our beach walks were wonderful. I kept remembering to stand in the sand and twist my feet, which made me sink deeper in the sand. We were again surprised at how many squatters were lined along the beaches. We then headed to the North shore and falls at Waimea Valley. Apparently everyone was heading there today as the road was gridlocked, so we turned around. Had lunch at Maui Mike's which included different choices of their rotisserie chicken. It was a small restaurant and we were surprised that they did not have a restroom or free wifi. We walked across the street to Walgreens, as I said the Florida stores all have restrooms. The check out lady said their restroom didn't work. I think this is related to the large homeless population which they want to keep out of the restaurants and stores. We drove back to Ko Olina and got into our swim gear and took our snorkels to the very crowded lagoon close to us. We wanted to snorkel the west side. We found it more shallow than the east side. There were lots of rocks and fish. The water was not that clear since the waves were crashing at the entrance and the push and pull of their might was really felt. We got back to the boat around 5 pm. It was a lovely yet tiring day. Mark did a lot of driving today. We will tour Pearl Harbor next. We plan to be on Oahu thru the end of this month.

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!!
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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