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
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 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!