I got on a boat, a 37′ Pacific Seacraft (great ocean cruisers!) named Knopkierrie. One of the crew members had a family emergency and had to leave, allowing room for one more. I am thankful that they welcomed me to the crew on such short notice! I feel bad about having to leave Blue Crush behind, but in our two hour sail out into the sea we ripped a main, the engine overheated, and there was a ton of water coming in. Sadly the boat is not ocean ready yet, and that’s not anyones fault. I came here to sail home, and that’s what I am going to do, dammit! BON VOYAGE AGAIN!
I know, sucks to be stuck in Hawaii. Poor me. Well, when you have mentally prepared yourself for something like an ocean crossing and you find yourself twiddling your thumbs at the yacht club day after day, you just start getting antsy and ready to leave. I don’t blame the captain for not wanting to sail the boat with so much water coming in thru the rudder post, I am glad we replaced the main and had the engine looked at. The problem now is that the boat needs to be pulled out of the water. There is no haul out center near here, its a 6 hour sail south towards Honolulu. From there, the marine center doesn’t have room for us, and depending on how quickly they can address the rudder post issue it sounds like the crew will end up flying back to the mainland and fly back when the boat is ready.
In all honesty, I don’t want to fly home. I want to sail back. That’s why I bought all the gear I got… Every day more and more boats head back and if I wait to long I will be standed. Now I am in a though spot because I can find a boat to crew back on now, but they’re leaving soon, like tomorrow.
I hate to be a disappointment and have to bail on this boat, but I can’t stick around forever.
In no particular order, below you can see the corrosion on the heat exchanger (caused the engine to overheat on our way back to the marina). We were headed back to the marina because the mainsail ripped, beyond repair (main pic!). The last photo is of the leaky rudder post. We have two 35 gallon barrels of diesel in the cockpit that is causing part of this post to be below the water line, and lots of water was coming in during our sail. We made it 20 miles past the sea buoy and had to turn around. Bummer!
Hopefully I will be on a crew soon heading out into the big beautiful ocean!!!
SO, this whole ocean crossing thing is too exciting to not post about. I’d like for everyone to be able to track our progress via the tracker. Check out the progress of Blue Crush on this website (unfortunately not available on mobile). We’re headed to San Diego and are hoping to make it in 16-20 days.
DISCLAIMER: technology often times fails, so if it does not show our position it probably means we have lost signal. It doesn’t mean we have sunk!
While passing someone at my new marina, a sweet old man said and I quote, “Hello, Captain!”
This is huge. I don’t even know this man and he is acknowledging that this is my boat. He isn’t going to ask me where my husband/boyfriend is, he isn’t going to call me crazy for doing this on my own, he sees me as a competent person who is in charge of her vessel. Damn that feels good!!!! I don’t think I will be forgetting this brief encounter any time soon.
Yes, this is a month overdue but here are pics from my favorite haul out ever. Three days, did I mention that before? Everything went so smoothly, it was like a dream. There’s not much to say, other than how awesome everyone at Svendsens was. 10 minutes after we motored up to the dock the guys were on the boat trying to figure out where to put the straps for the travelift. They started sanding right away, and I was back in the water Friday morning. Swoon!
OH, and speaking of swooning, I just got confirmation this morning that I did in fact get onto the crew to deliver a boat from Hawaii to San Diego. What what!?!?!?! I can’t believe I’ll be on a warm sandy beach in less than three weeks. I can’t believe I’ll be crossing an ocean!! Things just work out sometimes, and I’m soooOooo excited!!