Ready to Rumble, okay sand
Ready to Rumble, okay sand

Preparing to Cruise Again

Having made the decision to sail the boat the humongous distance from Hawai'i to St. Maarten in the Eastern Caribbean, we packed up some of our belongings from the house, said our goodbyes and flew to Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i where Gypsy Blues had been

Yes sanding inside a tent to catch the dust, phew that's hot
Yes sanding inside a tent to catch the dust, phew that's hot
The apartment to rest and relax after a hard day work
The apartment to rest and relax after a hard day work
Some final touches before the paint
Some final touches before the paint
Ready to launch and on the way
Ready to launch and on the way
At last back in the water
At last back in the water
Yes we are on the dock where all the fish are weight
Yes we are on the dock where all the fish are weight
This one set a new record for the area, over 1300 Lb's
This one set a new record for the area, over 1300 Lb's
And yes some birds had taken up residence in the boom at the mast end?
And yes some birds had taken up residence in the boom at the mast end?

Preparing to Cruise Again
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i

 

Having made the decision to sail the boat the humongous distance from Hawai'i to St. Maarten in the Eastern Caribbean, we packed up some of our belongings from the house, said our goodbyes and flew to Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i where Gypsy Blues had been stored on the hard for a year. Knowing that we weren't allowed to stay on the boat in the yard we rented a very nice Studio apartment at 1800 ft. elevation on a working coffee plantation for a week, and an SUV. We're so grateful that we COULDN'T stay on the boat! Cockroaches had taken up residence in our absence so we ended up bombing the boat twice, just to be sure. In addition to all the normal pre-launch work like sanding and painting the bottom, for which we had to wrap the boat in plastic, (just imagine) we washed every article of clothing, every horizontal surface and every galley item down to the spice jars and inside the cabinets.
All the bottom work was done within a few days despite the fact that the cutlass bearing needed to be “cut” out for replacement and thankfully the busy, crowded state marina had a spot for us when we were ready to launch, as they don't take reservations. After launch of course the mad pace of work continued as we wanted to have the boat ready for the arrival of our friends and crew, Astrid & Bjoern. When they arrived a mere 9 days after us, the boat was liveable but not ready to cruise. We still had to put the sails back up, patch all the holes in the dinghy, install the new motor for the auto-pilot, install the new membrane for the watermaker, replace several zippers in the dodger, bimini and transition panel, provision and tour the island. There's no doubt that it was a lot of work but we had some fun too.  Work first, play later, right? A few afternoons we took the dinghy outside the marina and snorkelled. Oh how glorious that was after days of sweltering heat and hard work!