Sunday, June 29, 2014

Honolulu: passage mode; between passages; thanks to Waikiki Yacht Club

        GANNET has been returned to passage mode.  It took about an hour and a half this afternoon, including filling and stowing three water jerry cans.  I have yet to touch the fourth which is aft beside the starboard quarter berth and still filled with San Diego water.  I will be sleeping on the starboard pipe berth tonight rather than on the v-berth forward.  
        There are other differences between passage and harbor modes.
        In harbor:
            I listen to music on the Bose speaker; at sea on the waterproof EcoXgear or FoxLv2.
            I usually have the hatches open.
            I shower and use toilet facilities ashore.
            I eat yoghurt.  (If I had a boat with refrigeration, my provisioning would be even simpler:  one yoghurt per day for lunch.)
            I often eat a meal ashore or buy a salad to take back to GANNET, and in late afternoon often have a cold drink from the yacht club bar rather than an air temperature one on GANNET.  (I am, in fact, doing so now.)
            I have been able to see some of the World Cup, but will probably sail before the U.S./Belgium match on Tuesday.
            I drink from crystal rather than plastic.


        The sail from San Diego to Honolulu via Hilo was the least expensive I can recall:  $52 to repair the asymmetrical.  I did spend almost a thousand dollars to have running backstays installed and water diverting vinyl curtains made; but those were additions not repairs.  The only damage was to the asymmetrical.
        I didn’t even have to do much maintenance before sailing on.
        GANNET has slab reefing and a loose footed mainsail, so the leech reefing lines are tied around the boom with bowlines.  During the passage these flopped around and twice came untied.  Not when a  reef was in and they were under tension.  So in Hilo I seized the bitter ends of the lines to the standing part so that can’t happen.
        I noticed that the starboard Harken 20.2 winch turns more stiffly than the port one, so in Hilo I disassembled and lubricated both winches.  The starboard one twice.  It still is stiffer than the port, but functions as it should.
        During my time in Honolulu I oiled GANNET’s wood, including the tiller, with Deks Olje and polished some stainless steel that isn’t quite stainless, particularly where shroud wires enter swaged end fittings.
        I’ve also made some changes in stowage.
        I installed the hardware for the vinyl curtains, though further adjustment may be required as I go along.
        Other than reprovisioning, that’s it.
        The little sloop has sailed 2500 miles with graceful ease.


        Waikiki Yacht Club has been an unexpected and serendipitous stop for me.
        Members and staff have treated me with great hospitality.
        The facilities are first-rate, as are the docks, which are the nicest I can recall.
        For me, provisioning one back pack at a time, the club is very convenient with a huge shopping center, including supermarket, just across the street.
        I thank everyone at the club, as well as a sailor on neighboring Kauai, Doug Tiffany, who was instrumental in making this happen.