Huzzah Cruising the Northwest

09 August 2018
01 August 2018
27 July 2018
25 July 2018 | Gorge Harbour, BC
20 July 2018 | Prideaux Haven
19 July 2018 | Desolation Sound
18 July 2018 | Desolation Sound
17 July 2018 | Squirrel Cove, BC
12 July 2018
09 July 2018
06 July 2018
25 August 2017 | Roscoe Bay
24 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, Desolation Sound
21 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, BC
20 August 2017 | Tenedos Bay, BC
22 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
20 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest
18 June 2017 | Passage to Pacific Northwest

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!
Vessel Name: Huzzah
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 45.2 built in '99 for the BVI Charter fleet. Purchased in 2011 in Seattle, and began an extensive re-fit.
Hailing Port: Gig Harbor, WA
Crew: Gerry & Jody Gilbert
About: Retired professionals living the dream. Gerry & friends do the ocean passages, wife Jody & the kids fly in for the cruising. Departed the PNW for Mexico & So. Pacific September 2015, Returned to Gig Harbor July 2017 .
Huzzah \(ˌ)hə-ˈzä\ : an exclamation of joy, applause, appreciation — or shout of acclaim. Huzzah may be categorized with such interjections as hoorah and hooray. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), in the 17th and 18th centuries it was identified as a sailor's cheer or [...]
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