The second morning of our sail from Hilo to Lahaina I awoke to the beautiful West Maui Mountains on the leeward side of Maui. Tom our friend, caught 2 small tuna and the sail was blissful, relaxing and warm.
We sailed to Lahaina and discovered there was no space was available at the local marina so once again, Julia was attached to a mooring ball this time in a rough bay. Actually, it was the ocean. Strong currents. Waves slapping her hull. We secured the her and launched the dingy. We were soaked as we motored to little Lahaina, an adorable, walkable tourist town.
Lahaina is a town of 12,000 with soul, Hawaiian soul. Curious sightseeers comb the shops on Front Street and made their way to the huge banyon tree, the center of town. Next door is the harbor where local mariners are dedicated to the healthy tourism trade. Charter business is where its at in this town, dinners sails, fishing, whale sightseeing. We walked, spent time at the Lahaina Yacht Club and made meaningful connections with local mariners who had a natural curiousity about Julia.
We went home for the holidays and hired a local captain to watch Julia. Our trip home lasted much longer than anticipated so, by the time we returned to Lahaina it was time to move Julia off the mooring ball. Hawaii has strict rules about visitors tied to mooring balls.
So....on to Honolulu!
Tom and a couple new friends from Lahaina sailed Julia from Maui to Oahu. 30 knot winds accompanied them so life was not dull for those 16 hours. Julia finally rested in a comfortable marina next to Waikiki with water and electricity. Poor girl, she hadn't had a bath since leaving Oakland, California last May! There was much to be done.
Maintenance and add-ons happened. I was still in Portland while Tom focused on getting Julia ready for our next leg of the journey.
He did it or helped it get done, Tom:
- Installed three solar panels, 300 watts.
- Assemble & erected a wind generator.
- Enlarged the opening for the anchor to go in and out.
- Installed a swivel and shackle on the anchor
- Installed a heavy duty pad-eye on the anchor locker
- Added 75' 1' nylon rope at the end of the anchor chain with the new pad-eye with a heavy-duty soft shackle, so if the anchor loosens at sea, this new contraption will prevent it from falling into the drink.
- Cleaned the anchor locker and generator locker and put drainage mats on both floors to keep dry.
- Installed gasketing around the anchor lockers to prevent water intrusion.
- Sourced and installed a deck-fresh-water wash system.
- Installed a fresh water flush in all 3 toilets. Now we have the option of salt or fresh water flush. Fresh water helps with smell.
- Julia's hull was waxed, her stainless polished and protectant applied to our dingy. She's nice and spiffy for our next sail.
- He was unsuccessful and solving the transducer problem, the thing that shows how fast we're going through the water.
- Two shower sump pumps broke while we were in Honolulu so both were fixed or replaced.
- At the mast's top, added a tri-color light.
- He replaced the electronic controller (the computer) for the port engine. 2nd time. They have a problem breaking.
- He installed a new winch handle holder in the anchor locker.
I'd show photos of all Tom's hard work but....boring! You'll see them in future posts.
So, here are some memories of our play on the island of Oahu. We love it here. Lush. Green. Warmth. Love.
Below, catch our video. Mom makes a cameo appearance!
A beautiful drive on Pali Highway...