Our quick trip down the inner coastline was easy and gave us a chance to get our sea legs back and get our sailing skills back. The boat maintentance was a little more than we had anticipated. The Japanese paint we used last year didn’t adhere very well to the old Trinidad paint so we did a quick and dirty wash and sand, recoat of the waterline and other flaking areas. The propellor was scraped of barnacles, zincs changed and polished. We’re back in the water ready for a departure northbound to Kushiro, Hokkaido.
We finished the painting in 20 kts of wind, completed the cleanup process just as the rain started to pound onto the ramp. Big mess to clean up the interior and restow all the tools and gear.
We are heavily loaded with over two years of South Pacific souvenirs, Japanese food, clothing and dishes. Our waterline – thats the light blue stripe in the picture – is suppose to sit well above the water. Ahem, according to John – I have too much stuff on board.
The fueling is so easy here, they pull up next to the travel lift and they complete the fueling. All fine except of the cost of fuel is about $5.00/gal.
We are ready when the weather turns in the next couple of days. John has been wonerful as I cry when I say another goodbye to family and friends. Its so difficult to leave but we are focused on our passage.
Stay with us as we head out!