Kicked out of the Harbor
13 June 2009 | Ngerutable
We are many blogs behind. We have them but just haven't posted them. Hope to in the next few weeks, but rather than exacerbate the problem, here goes.
So we decided to write a cruising guide for Palau. This is eating our lives as we must finish it before we return to California in July. The Internet on Palau has been so bad lately that we have not been able to make postings over the hot spots. We are now out in the lagoon again and decided to get back on track with the SSB.
We are putting in a private mooring for Swingin' on a Star since she will be here for storm season. We have the mooring set and are waiting for chain from Guam. Should be here in a week or so.
The weather has been fairly snotty for the past few weeks. We have a tropical disturbance northwest of us right now. As these lows brew they reinforce the SW Monsoon and bring a good bit of wind and sea from the SW. This is the worst direction for the yacht harbor and plays havoc with the Sam's Tours floating docks.
Most of the moorings used by yachts in the yacht harbor are Sam's Tours moorings. When things get ugly like this, Sam wants them back. All of the dive boats, fishing boats and cruising boats on the docks have to move off. If you are on one of the moorings, you have to move. Of course this is exactly when you would most like to stay.
Oh well, one of the advantages of writing a cruising guide is that you know all of the good places to hang out. We are tucked into a great hurricane hole a couple miles from the harbor. It is a rough dinghy ride to town but we are actually going to move on south and do a second round of surveys in the Rock Islands for the book.
Swingin' on a Star acts as base camp and we move her progressively from test anchorage to test anchorage mid day. In the morning and afternoon we use the dinghy to survey the next patch of lagoon. We have a little Garmin mini chart plotter installed on the AB with a Garmin depth sounder. The plotter records tracks with depth so that we can create safe tracks and identify passes and whatever. It is a nice setup.
Nice to be back up on the blog. Thanks for the notes making sure we didn't go AWOL.