Preparing for Passage
04 May 2017
Every passage starts with safety checks. After getting hoisted up the mast to complete a pre-departure check of the rigging and navigation lights by one of my passage crew mates Adam, I began bending on the Genoa & Code Screecher. That's when I noticed a significant tear in the Genoa luff tape and some minor chafe issues that required the sewing machine. So, down comes the Genoa, out comes the 65 pound sewing machine and various pieces of Dacron & Kevlar repair tapes. Not being a core competency of mine, this task eventually took me hours' to do in what my buddy Ken would have completed in 45 minutes. Once finished, Adam came back to the boat and helped me feed the repaired sail into the furling unit as it was hoisted. Then the raw-water impeller on the auxiliary engine needed to be removed and checked. Then the oil level and fuel filters were checked. Check, and check again. And so went the non-linear process of working each item on the checklist. Start, identify problem, solve problem, then continue.
A good example of this process going wrong was a bottom scrub. I had contacted a guy named Charlie recommended by another sailor weeks' earlier, but couldn't get him to actually show up to do the bottom. After multiple delays, he finally shows up the day of our departure and proceeds to do a half-hour bottom scrub that looked as if the neighbor kid did it. I could see significant growth was still on the rudder, so I used the GoPro to verify that I had been ripped off for $80 of services not rendered. Due to the massive tourism business on Oahu, there are people everywhere waiting for an easy mark. With no time to shame him into doing the job right, I was his "mark" today. Oh well, the weather, views and 99% of the people here are awesome, so it couldn't spoil my day too much. Anyway, the crew were scheduled to arrive at 4:30 pm for our overnight passage, and I still had lots of things to do!. Oh, did I mention the crew and their skipper numbered eight! I'll cover our passage in my next blog update!
Cheers from Huzzah!