20 July 2018 | Prideaux Haven
After our memorable sail down Waddington Channel and a good night's sleep behind us, we had to start fixing things. First up was to free Huzzah's propeller from the prawn trap line. Unfortunately, I've been too lackadaisical about contingency planning since our return from the tropics, and left all my SCUBA kit at home. Doh!
Being stuck in a popular harbor like Prideaux Haven can be a blessing if you're looking to bum tools or parts from other boats, so I slipped into a kayak and paddled to the closest boat. "Ahoy skipper", I called out. When the captain looked over the rail to see what the noise was, we immediately recognized each other from our local sailing community. Turns out, Dale and Diana from M/V Croys Creek are our neighbors in Gig Harbor, and had everything I needed. Always nice to start a project with a bit of luck. Twenty minutes later, the rope was freed from the prop, and we had an invitation to happy hour. Another great example of the cruising culture.
The dinghy repair was next. The foredeck provided a decent work platform, but such a gnarly hole was quite difficult and required lots of sanding, chemical wipes and multiple coats of two-part glue with precise drying intervals. After completing the patch, you have to wait 24 hours until you can inflate the boat to see how well you did. I can report the patch is still holding and we're being uber careful with the dinghy these days.
We try not to stay anywhere more than a few days, so were off to another harbor we've never visited.
Like is good aboard Huzzah!