The Logbook Archives - 2011

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2011: Off to a Busy Start 

By the Skipper:

Laura, of course, has been working hard a the San Carlos West Marine store while I spent today making phone calls, sending emails and faxes getting the logistics of moving the boat coordinated.  I think we have it handled.  Good Friend and fellow VEGAtarian Jim Elder will meet me in Eureka to load Lealea on his trailer.  We have arranged with yard manager Alan at Field's Landing to haul out at high tide on Wednesday and with KKMI in Sausalito to launch on Friday.  By this weekend Lealea should be in her new home atWestpoint Harbor marina in Redwood City. It will be a lot of work and I will be on my own as Laura has other responsibilities.  I haven't sailed Lealea single-handed for a lot of years but I think it will be OK.

Once I get the boat settled in her new slip, I'll dig our bicycles out of the lazarette and assemble them.  Then I think we will begin to feel more a part of the community here.  Staying in this hotel and driving a rental car around just doesn't feel right and, I think, it has distorted our impression of the San Francisco Bay area.

We shall see.
Home is one step closer. 

By the First Mate

Jim Elder and Chuck arrived in Sausalito this evening with Lealea in tow.  Chuck will be stepping the mast tomorrow morning and the boat drops back in the water tomorrow afternoon.  Depending on tide and currents Chuck expects to arrive at Westpoint Marina sometime Saturday afternoon.  

It will be wonderful to get out of the hotel room and back home again.   

Road Trip

By The Skipper:

I left San Carlos for Eureka on the morning of Tuesday, January 5th.  200 miles down the road I realized that I had forgotten to bring the key to the marina gates. I arrived at 4:45 PM, just after the marina office had closed.   Fortunately, one of the staff was taking his time locking up and gave me a key.  A burger and a beer at the Lost Coast Brew Pub topped off the day and I returned to the boat for my first night afloat in nearly a month. Fellow Vega Owner Jim Elder was driving down from Ashland with his trailer to haul Lealea to Sausalito and we had agreed to meet at Field's Landing between 12:30 and 1:00 on Wednesday. 

First thing in the morning I  went to breakfast, returned the rental car and walked back to the boat to strip off the sails and get her ready for the trip.  It took an hour to motor down Humbolt Bay to Field's Landing.  As I neared the travel lift fingers I spotted Jim's black Dodge Ram pickup and trailer coming through the gates of the boatyard.  Perfect timing! Jim caught my lines and we tied Lealea up to a barge near the travel lift then took a stroll around the small and rather rustic boatyard while we waited for the boatyard crew to come back from lunch.

Blog follower Greg Thornton, who had introduced himself when we arrived in Eureka, showed up to help with the preparations and after the travel lift had deposited Lealea on the trailer the three of us took the mast down and got everything secured for the trip down Highway 101 to Sausalito.  Jim and I said good by to Greg and rolled out the gate at about 3:30 PM.

We decided to stop for the night in Garberville.  First we topped off the fuel tank in the truck, then went looking for food and lodging.  Burgers and beers were excellent at a place behind the Best Western.   After a little interaction with some of the locals, Jim and I agreed that Garberville is "An interesting place to visit".

We grabbed coffee to go and hit the road early on Thursday and drove to the little town of Willitz.  Breakfast at Ardella's Downtown Diner, we agreed, was possibly the best corned beef hash and eggs we had ever had; washed down with perfect roadside diner coffee. The meal sustained us for the rest of the day and we arrived in Sausalito at about 3:00 PM.

Driving through Sausalito, we missed our turn but a good samaritan, obviously a fellow boater, passed us and waved for us to follow, setting us on the right course for the KKMI boatyard where I had arranged for the travel lift to splash the boat. The yard manager showed us where to park the trailer and Jim and I set off  looking for a place  nearby to spend the night.

As we drove down the street we passed the obviously upscale digs of Casa Madrona Hotel and Spa while looking for a place to park.  It was clear that Madrona was far too expensive for our purposes but, on a lark, we decided to check anyway.  To our surprise, we were offered a two bedroom cottage with a spectacular bay view for a sum that fit the budget.  Sailor's luck!  The next priority was a cold beer which we found at a place near the boatyared called "Fish".  The menu looked too pricey for us so we set off again and settled on a Mexican restaurant called "Saylor's" where we had another excellent meal, then back to the hotel for a good night's rest.

In the morning we had a light breakfast of coffee and croissants at the hotel and went to the boat to prepare her for launching.  We got the mast up and the dodger on just as they were ready for us at 12:45.  After the boat was launched and tied up alongside, we went off for an excellent lunch of huevos rancheros at the Mexican place behind West Marine. I thanked Jim for all his help and bade him a safe trip to Olympia where his new boat is being delivered.

I spent the afternoon getting the boat ready for the trip down the bay to Westpoint Harbor where we will be staying for the next few months.  While I was working on the boat, Rob and Adam came by and welcomed me to the Bay Area.  Later, Vega Association member Craig Hirt arrived from Monterrey to help me take the boat down the bay. We went off for a beer and some grub at "Fish" then went back to the boat to crash.

Early Saturday morning we went to the fuel dock to top off then headed south on the rising tide, arriving without incident at Westpoint Harbor at 2:00. Craig dropped me off at the San Carlos West Marine where I gave Laura a hug and a kiss.  Now we can get back to normal life.

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1. Megan | January 12, 2011 at 02:42 AM EST

'Normal'. Your funny Chuck :)

Thank you for the update, we are always checking this site to see how you two are!

Love and respect for you both,

(I always say 'respect' because we have so much respect for how you live your lives)


"Normal" is relative

By the Skipper:

Back on the boat at last.  I spent the day moving, cleaning the boat and assembling our bicycles.  Bree seems happy to be home but, really, how can you tell with a cat?

We are in the Westpoint Harbor marina in Redwood City.  It is a brand new facility, actually not quite finished, and sports all the amenities of a first class joint.  Surprised they let us in d;^) 

The WiFi here is very good. The best we have ever had. Connection speed at the moment is 58 mbps which means that we can watch TV shows and movies without the annoying buffer breaks.  It will also make it easier for me to upload our videos.  WiFi also allows us to listen to streaming audio from almost any radio station in the country.  I mention the WiFi because this bit of technology is not often mentioned in our discussions about cruising and we never anticipated that it would become such a key element of our lifestyle.  Of course it is only a factor when we are in port. We would not want it at sea; I don't think.  I am certain that wireless interwebs access will eventually be available cheaply everywhere and that is probably a good thing but I cannot help feeling slightly uncomfortable with it.  It seems to me akin to wearing a leash.  It is the same way I felt about cell phones when I was first required to carry one for work.

For me, and I think for Laura as well, part of the attraction of voyaging is being entirely on our own.  Having no distractions, no phone, no email, no news broadcasts, no outside demands; only the responsibility to each other and moving the ship safely toward her destination. We think that much of the reason we have been successful cruising is that we do not try to bring our shore life with us to sea. But this is the modern world and you cannot help but see that the vast majority of Americans simply cannot imagine life without being electronically connected at all times.  The new "Normal".   

We always enjoy the comforts, conveniences, new friends and camaraderie we find in port. We carry our cell phones, check our email, post our blogs, surf the internet and watch streaming video.

And when in port, we always look forward to getting back out to sea and away from all the distractions and complications.  Where our only concerns are each other and the boat.

We know it is not "Normal".  We just do not care.

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1. John Getson | January 13, 2011 at 03:09 PM EST

Living Off the Grid ! U2 are living my dream.

Marina Developments

By the Skipper:

We have been getting a lot of positive feedback on our video series onYouTube.  I am almost finished with the Pacific Coast series.  The last few days in this series is challenging simply because we did not shoot much video while Laura was ill. After I get this one finished, I plan to begin on two new series covering living aboard and cruising in the Pacific Northwest.  Have not decided yet which I will do first.  Suggestions welcomed.

Here in the marina, Mark, the man in charge, told us we cannot keep our bicycles on the deck of our boat. He told us to put them in the bike storage room.  That room is a quarter of a mile from the boat across a muddy field in a shipping container in an area where pipe is being laid and construction equipment is moving earth. When I gave my opinion of that situation, he asked if I thought a bike rack would be helpful. I enthusiastically endorsed the idea.  That was Saturday. 

Over the weekend We realized that the bike storage situation was unacceptable for us.  Laura rides her bike to work every day, coming home after dark and I make daily runs into town for groceries, post office, bank etc. Tromping through the mud to get our bikes and put them away then tracking mud back to the boat was just too much and we decided to look for another home for Lealea in a marina more agreeable to our lifestyle. 

Then, on Monday afternoon, Mark asked me what I thought of the new bike rack.  He had already installed one near the head of our dock. I was astonished.  The marina is still under construction and Mark certainly has a lot on his plate.  I would consider it unreasonable to expect to see the bike rack in less than several weeks if ever.  We are, after all, mere transients here, the only cruisers and apparently the only ones using bikes for transportation.

Thanks Mark.

Westpoint Harbor is really going to be something when it is finished.  The plan includes a boatyard and fuel dock, facilities sorely needed in the South Bay area.  We do not know Mark well yet but he gives every indication of being a perfectionist.  We would like to visit in  a few years when the project is complete.

1. John Getson Jr | January 18, 2011 at 06:42 PM EST

Chuck....could you put future videos in some kind of order maybe labeling them as Pacific Coast Day 1....etc as you did with the voyage from Hawaii? After you completed that voyage I was trying to watch the videos but found it difficult as to the order ....found myself bouncing all around. Thx again for your videos and website, it's wonderful information to have access too. I hope Laura is doing better and good luck with the \"MUD\" !

Your Friend, John G

2. dave scobie | January 19, 2011 at 02:34 AM EST

nice that the marina had an eye to helping.

i agree with john, the latest series is difficult to know which order to watch. it doesn't help that youtube changed the interface and now hides the publish date on a channel screen.

publish what you want when you want. i enjoy all your films (no matter the order).

- dave, M17 #375 - SWEET PEA

Video Production 

By The Skipper:

Good comments from John and Dave.  When we began the Across the Pacific series of videos, we started with the easiest ones first as we were still learning how to edit and produce. Then we moved on to those we judged most interesting and finally filled in the rest.  Each has the day # in the title but they were not posted in chronological order.  To bring some organization to the series, we put them in a playlist in order from Day 1 through Day 55. There are 44 videos in the series and they can be viewed in sequence by clicking the "Sea Log" playlist on YouTube or the embed on the "Voyages" page on this site.

With the Pacific Coast series we started with what we thought was the most dramatic in response to a question we received, then went to the beginning and posted the rest pretty much in order. This series includes a couple of short, unedited clips with no production that we posted just for fun and to see what kind of reaction we would get on YouTube.  You can watch this series in chronological order either on the "Voyages" page or in the playlist on YouTube titled "Sailing the Pacific Coast".

Comments about the titles are well taken.  We will take care to number future series to make them easier for viewers to sort through.

We should be finishing up the Pacific Coast series this week - We only made it as far as Eureka then put the boat on a trailer and brought it to San Francisco.  Next up will probably be a less chronologically organized series of our cruising in the Pacific Northwest.  We are also planning a series on living aboard - marina life, that sort of thing and there may be some boat project videos if time permits before we put to sea again.

We still want to cruise Southeast Alaska and, from here, that means sailing to Hawaii first so there should be plenty of material for future video series.

We enjoy your comments and welcome suggestions.

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1. Zane | March 09, 2011 at 05:08 PM EST 

Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I love your openess and that you dont pretend everything is just perfect.

please dont stop posting your latest horisons.

fair winds to you both + cat.


By the Skipper:

We are moving over to Bair Island Marina in a couple of weeks.  It is much smaller, tiny by comparison, and perhaps not quite as POSH as Westpoint will be when construction is completed. It is very nice nonetheless. The main reason for the move is that it is closer to where Laura works by three miles. She commutes by bicycle five miles from Westpoint now so that is a substantial improvement. 

Bair Island also features free gym membership and a pool; extra cost options at Westpoint.  Also worth considering is the substantially lower slip rent.  Both marinas have a lot to offer but, for us at least, Bair Island is a better choice. I don't think Bree cares one way or the other.

I have been spending a lot of time lately on various sailing forums and have noticed an increase in subscribers to our YouTube channel and traffic here at the blog. Aloha e' komo mai to our visitors. Leave your shoes at the door and make yourselves at home.

1. John Getson Jr | January 29, 2011 at 01:31 AM EST

Chuck and Laura,

Good for you guys! Sounds like a great marina. I hope it turns out well.


2. Robert | January 30, 2011 at 12:59 AM EST

Not too far from when you will ba able to cast off for someplace warm. Have you decided when and where your headed?

Weekend Off

Note: We have been unable to post for a few days due to problems at our host

By The First Mate:

Enjoying my first real weekend off since arriving in San Carlos.  We got to sleep in this morning and enjoy a leisurely pancake breakfast.  The weather today is slightly overcast and cool which encourages the relaxed and lazy feel to the day.

This afternoon, however, is scheduled for cleaning.   The marina is still under construction so there is dirt and gravel everywhere and unfortunately, even with extra precautions, we are tracking it onto the boat.  Very hard on everything..almost like being in a boatyard!

We are expecting to move in the next 10 days or so which will reduce my ride time to get to work.  We are both looking forward to taking advantage of the small gym which is available free to the marina tenants. 

Chuck has been giving me a hard time about not posting regularly.  Promise I'll try at least once a week!  


By The Skipper:

Recovering from a bug that had me bedridden for a few days.  Really kicked my butt.  Today will be a bit of a trial as I must get on my bike an ride the four miles to the supermarket for groceries.  We are completely out of fresh fruits, veggies and bread.  While it is true that we have a good six months supply of canned and freeze-dried packaged foods as well as dry beans and various grains and pastas, as long as we are in port we consider fresh produce a necessity and, at the moment, we are down to a few sweet potatoes and a couple of onions in that department.

Robert asked where our next destination will be.  Hawaii is the plan.  As always, subject to change due to wind, sea, natural disaster or political upheaval.

Our intention is to pass under the Golden Gate westward and follow the prevailing winds to Kawaihai on the Big Island then work our way up the island chain, provisioning and visiting old friends in the islands for a couple of weeks.  We cannot stay long in the islands because we still want to cruise SE Alaska so we will have to get moving to take advantage of the summer weather.  It is an ambitious plan given our usual leisurely pace.  We will see how it goes.

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1. Stephen Merritt | February 06, 2011 at 02:39 AM EST

I ran across your crossing the Pacific last weekend and spent most of my free time watching most, if not all, of your videos between last weekend and today(2-6-11). They were very informative and interesting. I was just introduced to sailing this last year (at age 54) and have been enchanted with the possibilities of cruising ever since then as a means of scratching my travel itch. Not so sure my wife would go for the lifestyle, but I can still enjoy the challenges and travels through your postings, and maybe some day...

Thank you for sharing your adventures, and will look forward to future posts.



By The Skipper:

We are now settled into our slip in the cozy little Bair Island Marina.  The move cut three miles from laura's commute and now we have access to a pool, jacuzzi and a small but well equipped gym.  The Wi-Fi here is not as good as at Westpoint but that is a small price to pay.  Speaking of price, the slip rent here is less than half what we were paying before.  In fact, less than we have paid anywhere and the setting is very pleasant.  We will only be here for a short time but it promises to be a very enjoyable stay.

Meanwhile, it is time to take advantage of the fine weather and begin getting the boat ready for sea again.  We aim to leave for Hawaii at the end of April so we have plenty of time but there is no sense waiting until the last moment.  I need to overhaul the running rigging and re-lash the forward anchor mount.  It is time I replaced the stern running light, the last of the original lights on the boat, with the LED unit I bought in Seattle. Also, the steaming light has been acting up.  It flashes intermittently but always works perfectly when I climb up the mast to check it.  Very frustrating. A coat or two of Cetol Marine on the brightwork should be the final bit of maintenance before we head out.

Then, of course, when we arrive at our next port of call, we start all over again.

1. jason | February 12, 2011 at 10:28 PM EST

Can i come over and use your Jacuzzi ??

2. John G | February 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM EST


hey guys hope this comment finds you both well....anyways on with the or what are the basic things your checking and doing for re-rigging? When you check the undercoating knowing the boat will be in the wter for an extended period of time would you sand it down to gelcoating then reprep for a fresh coat or just paint another layer on top? At what pt would you need to sand down to the gelcoa?

Thx in advance guys,


3. Jeremiah | February 22, 2011 at 12:40 PM EST

Speaking of slip price.....what are you paying for a 30' slip at Bair Island (if I may ask)? What has been the average throughout your voyage?

I work IT, and am considering a liveaboard and eventually a Pacific sail (south), but in the meantime, Redwood City is a great location for my field.


Victims of Somali Pirates

By The Skipper:

In the news this morning, four Americans killed by Somali pirates.  The victims had a web site, S/V Quest Adventure Log Read the news article atCBS News.

There is a lot we could say about this.  For now, though we will pray for the families.

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1. John G | February 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM EST

I agree.

Answering some questions.

By The Skipper:

To Jason:  If you bring the beer - Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA

To Jeremiah:  Over the past five years we have been averaging about $300 per month for slip rent.  Here at Bair Island, as transients, it is $200.  We are in a 30 foot slip.  Permanent mooring rates are different and I don't know what they charge but at Westpoint, just around the corner and at Pete's Harbor, even closer, it is $400 plus electricity.

To John G.:  Checking the rig is an ongoing process.  At sea every morning I go over the rigging.  Before setting off on a major passage, I examine the fittings at the bottom of the stays and shrouds with a magnifying glass for cracks, pitting or corrosion and frayed wire.  I check up as high as I can reach for broken strands.  The most likely place for a failure is at the bottom fittings so that where I pay the most attention.  We just had the rig down when we trailered the boat from Eureka to Sausalito so I did a thorough check then.  Another thing to check is for any source of chafe - cotter pins, etc that may snag a sheet (Or an arm or leg)

For the running rigging, I constantly check for chafe.  I make up my sheets and halyards a little long so I can cut off ends and move chafe points before they get too serious.  We replaced the halyards after crossing the pacific and they are still in good shape.  The headsail sheets are over sized so they are easier to handle and have lasted longer.  They need replacing now, before we depart on our next passage.  We carry enough new rope to replace all the running rigging twice over.

As for the bottom, most yards will not let you sand so we just scrape off any loose paint and lay on two more coats.  We use Pettit Trinidad and have found that every three or four years is sufficient.  We have considered taking the bottom down to gelcoat but have not yet bothered to do so.  We would have to have the yard do the work and we are too cheap for that.  Besides we do not see the need.

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1. John G | February 25, 2011 at 02:04 AM EST


Thank-you for answering my Q's, I really appreciate both of your insight. I can tell you now I'm going to have further Q's as I read my assortment of sailing material. Enjoy yourselves, keep the vids coming and will talk to ya soon.


Sunny Days

By the First Mate

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast and boat maintenance for lunch.  

Predictions for snow in San Francisco turned out to be false, at least in our area.  It has been cold, windy and rainy the last few days but today is glorious.  Chuck is in the cockpit smoking a cigar and putting some finishing touches to our lifelines.  My job for the day is to catch up on some correspondence and do a bit of cleaning inside the boat.  

I've had some pretty full days at work helping to get the San Carlos store ready for season and amazed at how quickly our time here is coming to an end.  Downtown Redwood City is a pleasant 30 minute walk from where we are moored at Bair Island and so far we've found a few small cafe's worth revisiting but nothing yet which meets our requirements of good beer and good coffee.
Chuck mentioned last night the possibility of continuing on to San Diego when we leave here.  My step father retiring from the U.S. Navy on June 1st and we would really like to be there for the ceremony.  We have received several emails suggesting we cruise the Channel Islands first before jumping back to Hawaii so.... we are thinking about it. 

Bree has no opinion either way.


1. John G | March 03, 2011 at 11:23 PM EST

Chuck and Laura,

Speaking of pancakes and syrup, when are you folks going to go to Vermont for that REAL Maple Syrup Chuck keeps raving about?

2. Rod Cannon | March 08, 2011 at 12:27 PM EST 

I have been following u guys for over a year.. new to sailing, I am buiding a Paradox design sailboat here in Venice beach, CA. Just finished a SOF kayak so if u do the Channel islands and find urself near Catalina keep your eyes open for a fool in a sof kayak! Thanx for your insightful and entertaining videos. I hope to see u guys on the water someday.


Going Sightseeing

By the First Mate

WooHoo!!  A whole week off and we are going on a road trip.  The plan is to leave on high slack this afternoon and head across S.San Francisco Bay to spend a few nights at Ballena Bay on the recommendation of a fellow WM Associate and from there we plan to spend a few days on the visitors dock at the Sausilito YC.  We have been in SF since mid December and I have not yet seen anything outside Redwood City. 

Chuck ordered a GoPro from our good friend Wally in Hawaii.  I had hoped it would be here in time to play with it on this trip but oh well, next time.  Waterproof and Hi-Def can't wait! 

Bree has no opinion either way.    


By The Skipper

Out cruising around San Francisco Bay for a few days.  We were tied up at the St. Francis Yacht Club Guest dock overnight when Laura' Mom called to tell us there was a tsunami warning out.  We had not heard but, in any case, there was not much effect in the bay.  We saw about four feet of surge in the harbor where we are moored but no damage to any of the docks or boats.  We spent the day walking to Fisherman's Wharf for lunch, exploring the Maritime Museum and eating ice cream.  When we got back we learned that a friend of ours, Mickey Smith, had lost his boat, "Distant End" at Brookings, OR.  Our prayers go out for the Captain and Crew.

We expect to be sailing back down to the South Bay tomorrow or the next day.  It is just sunset so it is time to take in the flags and head to the Yacht Club for a cold one.

1. Nick | March 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM EST 

I was watching a couple videos on youtube and saw mickeys boat still floating relatively unharmed. Did it actually sustain some bad damage?

2. Chuck and Laura Rose | March 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM EDT

We got a call from Julia. She told us about Mickey. We have not heard from him directly. We thought he was in Mexico long ago.

Six Weeks

By The Skipper:

Six weeks until our planned departure date.  Still have quite a lot to do before we are ready to cross the sea but not so much that I am feeling pressured. Mostly, just a final check of critical systems and gear, the usual pre-operational checklist, and a few non-essential projects that we would like to get done before we leave.  It is raining today so no work outside but I did fix a noisy exhaust fan and make a new fancy lanyard for my knife.  also uploaded a new video last night and started editing another today.

We still do not know for certain what our specific route will be or timetable.  That will depend on certain things we are not quite ready to announce.  If we have not nailed that down by May first, we will probably make directly for Kawaihae harbor on the Big Island of Hawaii.


By The Skipper:

Wrestling with the next video.  The problem is a lack of suitable footage (Is it still called "Footage" when its digital?).  Anyway, I'll work it out.  I will just have to get more creative and not be distracted by world events.

Fine Weather for Maintenance

The Weather has turned fine, almost summer, and the forecast is for it to continue through the weekend.  We are taking advantage by putting a couple of coats of Cetol Marine on the bright work, polishing the stainless steel and a few other outside projects on our list.

We are counting down the days now. Laura has 30 days left on her commitment.  We will be departing immediately after, wind and seas permitting. 

While browsing YouTube this morning, I found a boat project that makes ours look insignificant.


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1. Brian | April 01, 2011 at 07:33 PM EDT

Hey Chuck:

Just reading your posts...Sounds exciting to be heading back across the water. Hope all is well. Will you be staying in Hawaii or? Diana and I were in San Diego for a week last month...lovely place. We wish you a safe voyage.


Cat Hairs in the Varnish

By The Skipper:

Of course, Bree had to interrupt her nap to take a lap around the cockpit after I had laid a fresh coat on the hatches.  I saw her hop out through the companionway and grabbed her before she made footprints all over but not before she dragged her tail through the wet Cetol.  Ah well.  That's life.  Who wants perfect bright work on a cruising boat anyway?

Preparations are going well.  We are down to mostly cosmetic stuff.  I still need to rig the new radar reflector;  We will have two this time, one on the back stay and one at the port side spreader. We don't want to run into the kind of weather that carried the old one away off the Washington coast but just in case we have improved the rigging for it and we have a back up as well.  We learn as we go.

Laura is in charge of stowing provisions and we will inventory and make our last minute shopping list next week.  As always before departure, I will empty and repack the cockpit lockers.  The bicycles have to go in the bottom so everything has to come out anyway.  That will take about two hours and will be done on our last day in port. Tonight I will check our navigation lights.  I'll check them again the night before we leave.  I may make up a new set of jib sheets but I can just as easily do that under way. Rigging our deep water lifelines will wait until we stop at St. Francis Yacht Club for one last cold beer and a restaurant meal just before we exit the Golden Gate.

That's about it.  Grocery shopping and, filling the water tank and topping off our cooking fuel is about all that remains.  Unless something unexpected pops up, I should have time to get a couple of videos done. 

1. robert | April 07, 2011 at 10:51 AM EDT 

love your vids, I commented on the sailnet thread you had about advice for preparing(I am 1234wannasail4321

best videos ever about sailing and just doing it. I plan to use you \"storm vids\" (you can hear the wind singing in the rigging

to show my wife that sailboats can handle rough weather that you cannot avoid


Good luck and I will be watching for you guys to post.

Enjoy your trip.

2. Robert | April 07, 2011 at 10:54 AM EDT


I loved the \\\"hurling\\\" tag you guys had on your vids. It was some great humor and you are a good sport about it! Please continue it

I hope mal demiere (sp?)will not be visiting you this trip.

3. james Mellema | April 10, 2011 at 07:15 PM EDT 

Thanks for the great entertaining videos and Website. I followed your saga from the time you left Honolulu, and remember the concern expressed on the Vega site when you were overdue to the rendezvous. I watched your videos this winter when it was to cold in Sitka to work on the boat. If you manage to get to Sitka on your Alaska leg feel free to contact me. I would be honored to oprovide any assistance you might need.

Skipper, SV Polly Pureheart

Bristol 35 SL

4. Chuck and Laura Rose | April 12, 2011 at 10:06 PM EDT 

If we have learned anything from all this it is that plans only last until the stern line is let go. After that, anything can happen. Sitka is definitely on our list of places to visit. Wind and sea permitting we will be there bumbye and we will be sure to look you up.

Wasted on the Way (Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau cover)

Posted by the Skipper:

(Words & music by Graham Nash)

Look around me
I can see my life before me
Running rings around the way
It used to be

I am older now
I have more than what I wanted
But I wish that I had started
Long before I did

And there's so much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way

So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

Oh when you were young
Did you question all the answers
Did you envy all the dancers
Who had all the nerve

Look round you NOW
You must go for what you wanted
Look at all my friends who did and got what they deserved

So much time to make up
Everywhere you turn
Time we have wasted on the way

So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

So much love to make up
Everywhere you turn
Love we have wasted on the way

So much water moving
Underneath the bridge
Let the water come and carry us away

Let the water come and carry us away

Strictly Sail Pacific

By The Skipper:

I went to the Strictly Sail show with Laura on Saturday.  While she worked, I spent the day poking around finding out what's new in the world of sailing.

Laura bought a pressure cooker at the show which I am looking forward to using but, for me, the most interesting stuff was in the area of rigging.  I have written in the past about HMPE beginning to be used in standing rigging.  I got the chance to chat again with Brion Toss and look at another boat rigged with Dyneema.  Next time I re-rig Lealea, I will seriously consider Dyneema for standing rigging.  I think I will be writing a more detailed article on the subject soon.

Another highlight of Strictly Sail was people watching while sipping a couple of Lagunitas IPAs in front of Heinold's, which is reputed to have been a favorite hangout of Jack London's

After a few beers, I wandered around some more and ran into a fellow who had a boat and was promoting his consulting business.  His gig was that, for a fee, he would evaluate your boat and advise you how to go about going cruising.  After a few questions, I determined that he, himself, had never actually sailed anywhere beyond the California coast but he said he had a friend who had and he had some business cards and brochures and stuff and was hoping to make a few bucks so he could afford to go cruising himself.

I went back to Heinold's for another pint to ponder over. Hey, if it worked for Jack London...

Pancakes and Beans 

By The Skipper:

Seven days from our planned departure.  Laura has the day off so we had pancakes for breakfast and, at noon, have not yet left the cabin.  After washing the dishes and having a second cup of coffee we are just beginning to think about planning our day.  We know that we will be having dinner with Laura's boss tonight but how to fill the intervening hours?

It is too soon to break down and stow the bikes.  With Laura home, I don't want to get into any of the very few involved (And, at this point, optional) projects on my list.  So we are just sitting; Laura is reading. I am writing.  We are listing to "The Prairie Home Companion" on the radio while letting the juices break down the pancakes.

I have it!  I will begin organizing Laura's photos for uploading to her Photography pages.

By the way; we have been looking for a pressure cooker for some time now and Laura finally found one at the boat show. It is a bit larger than we wanted. I used it last night for the first time to cook a batch of beans, it works great, but we are going to be eating beans for a few days.  

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1. Kris and Craig | April 30, 2011 at 08:55 PM EDT 

You must be very close to taking off. We're wishing you a safe and pleasant voyage. Craig

Float Plan 

By the Crew

Our stay in the San Francisco Bay is coming to an end.  One of the highlights of our stay here was a four day cruise around the bay, during which we stopped at Ballena Bay in Alameda where we found “Tinker” tending bar at the Balena Bay YC.  We knew we had found a friendly place when we noticed the yellow and black “Tug Boat” burgee of the Nawiliwili Yacht Club over the bar.  From Alameda we sailed across the bay to San Francisco and the St. Francis Yacht Club just under the Golden Gate.  We enjoyed a night at the guest dock then moved across the harbor to the municipal marina.  The unusually strong surge made docking a challenge but we managed.  Only later did we learn that the surge was the tsunami of March 11 hitting San Francisco.  We spent the day doing the tourist thing, exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and having lunch at Allioto’s.  On the return trip to Bair Island we motored along the San Francisco waterfront.


Laura worked her last day at the San Carlos West Marine store on Saturday and we are spending Sunday just relaxing and taking care of a few last minute preparations.  We expect to leave Bair Island for St Francis Yacht Club on Tuesday.  We plan to make one last grocery run there and exit the Golden Gate on Wednesday or Thursday with the tide.


Float Plan:  Departure from St. Francis YC at high tide on or about May 3rd, weather permitting.  Outside the gate we will take a course of approximately 221 degrees true to our first waypoint at 29.59 degrees North X 129.59 degrees West.  From there our course should be 248 degrees true to waypoint #2 at 25.59 North X 139.59 West.  We will continue on course 248 from there to waypoint #3 at 22.02 North X 150.01 West. From Waypoint #3 we will proceed to our expected landfall at 20.29 North X 155.54 West.  Our first planned stop is at Kawaihae.  We customarily take our time so we expect to cover the roughly 2500 miles in 30 days which will put us between Maui and the Big Island the first week in June.


The Coast guard will want to know:

The sailing yacht “Lealea” is an Albin Vega 27, USCG No.1167966, call sign WDD7505.  She is equipped with VHF radio, AIS receiver and EPIRB.  Lealea is 27 feet on deck, sloop rigged with white sails, navy canvas dodger and spray cloths.  She has a grey hull with grey and white decks, dark navy transom and royal blue bottom paint.  Photos at


We may post here again before we depart, we may not.  It depends on opportunity and availability of WiFi.

1. MrQuickie | May 01, 2011 at 04:40 PM EDT

Good Luck on your crossing, I'll be pulling for you - as always.

2. wnna sail | May 03, 2011 at 08:27 AM EDT

good luck. I will be looking for your vids on you tube.

3. dsuter | May 03, 2011 at 04:32 PM EDT 

Here is a link of your course,+San+Francisco,+CA&daddr=29.59,+-129.59+to:25.59,+-139.59+to:22.02,+-150.01+to:20.29,+-155.54&hl=en&geocode=FW7dQAIdkqCz-ClTilM5K4GFgDGYeFr5j0PF7A%3B%3B%3B%3B&gl=us&mra=ls&sll=29.916852,-136.230469&sspn=29.560886,39.331055&ie=UTF8&t=h&dirflg=d&ll=25.720735,-130.473633&spn=27.076833,31.772461&z=5

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Cinco de Mayo at St Francis YC - Small Craft Advisories

Small Craft Advisories in effect outside the gate for wind and rough bar conditions.  We will wait for conditions to improve and enjoy the hospitality ofSt Francis YC for a couple more days while watching the weather at theNOAAWeather Underground and web sites.

Judging by the forecast, we expect to get under way Saturday or Sunday with the tide.

1. JeremyB | May 06, 2011 at 03:48 PM EDT

Million dollar question! Will we be using medication or ginger-ale and ginger snaps for this trip??? Best of luck guys and God Speed!

2. wannasail | May 06, 2011 at 03:53 PM EDT

too bad about the weather but that sailing!

have you guys every considered a circumnav?

3. Chuck | May 06, 2011 at 05:32 PM EDT

I will be taking Drammamine or Bonine and ginger and anything else that will help. We have no plans for a circumnavigation. We are just sailing around, but who knows...


By The Skipper:

Just finished breakfast (Pancakes with maple syrup and fresh strawberries).  After a second cup of coffee we will disconnect the power cord, wash the dishes and head for the fuel dock to top off our tank.  From the fuel dock we will loop around the east side of Alcatraz Island and into the westbound traffic lane.  We need to get out of the Golden Gate before the tide turns after the  3PM slack.

Once outside the Gate we will follow our float plan.  If all goes according to plan we expect to sight Haleakala and Mauna Loa about June 5th.

1. wannasail | May 11, 2011 at 07:33 PM EDT

Good luck!

Oh and do you heave to every night?

2. DrewBai | May 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM EDT

GodSpeed and good speed.


3. daryll | May 12, 2011 at 02:46 AM EDT

Good luck!! Take good care! Looking forward to your updates when you arrive!

4. Matt | May 12, 2011 at 02:52 AM EDT

Have a great voyage, and be safe!

5. John Pruitt | May 22, 2011 at 06:50 PM EDT

Good luck and fare winds

6. JoshH | May 24, 2011 at 02:13 AM EDT

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching your video's. All 70+ of them. Have a safe trip.

7. Ron Davis | May 31, 2011 at 03:06 PM EDT

Hi and good luck!. It has been 20 days since your last log entry. Is there a way to track you progress? You have been out there a long time. Your expected arrival is in five days, I guess I will see a log entry after that. Again good luck.

8. Pat (desertsea) | June 09, 2011 at 07:55 PM EDT

Hope you made it and had a good sail!

. Bigjer40 | June 20, 2011 at 04:52 PM EDT

Hoping you guys are safe! Please post as soon as possible ;)

Home Port

By The Skipper:  Honolulu

Thirty eight days out of San Francisco, Lealea made landfall at Upolo Point on the Big Island on the morning of June 18th and picked up a mooring at Kawaihae harbor just before sunset that day after an exhilarating and wet sail down the Alenuihaha channel in 30 to 35 mph winds.  We rested for a few days then sailed for Manele Bay on Lanai, again braving the Alenuihaha, this time at night.  We stayed at Manele Bay for four days before crossing to Oahu, finding a mooring at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor's fuel dock.

Vessel and crew are in good condition and recovery operations are in progress.  More details on the trip as time permits and internet access is available.


1. Drew | June 30, 2011 at 10:23 PM EDT 

Congrats. I hope the trip was pleasant! Can wait to hear the details and see the videos.

As always. Thanks for sharing.


ex Sv Otter

2. Curtis | June 30, 2011 at 11:38 PM EDT

I have been following your every journey and was counting each day when you left Frisco. Great to hear all is well and your voyage was safe. I never realized how small your boat was until i managed to sail on one 2 weeks ago. I felt it was so small for one person on a weekend sail let alone 2 people on a long voyage. I truley admire you both for living your dream. I look so forward to your blogs and video coverage.

Sail safe and good winds.

3. Victor | July 01, 2011 at 02:57 AM EDT 

I pray all is well for the crew and vessel. Just commented to my wife today that the crossing didn't go as planned expected DOA was 6/5 and our weather herein the NW has been very storming so I assume you had rough crossing. God Bless and look forward to your additional posts.

4. JoshH | July 01, 2011 at 07:37 AM EDT

Glad to see you your back.

5. Ron | July 01, 2011 at 11:06 AM EDT

So glad you are all 3 fine. I have been checking the blog everyday since June 5. I was getting concerned. Can't wait to hear about your crossing.


6. Dennie | July 01, 2011 at 09:00 PM EDT 

Glad you are safe and sound. Love your blog and videos Please keep them coming. Hope to be joining you out there soon!! Dennie

7. David | July 03, 2011 at 05:18 PM EDT


8.Tom | July 04, 2011 at 12:42 PM EDT

Congrats! Was somewhat concerned and thought you bypassed Hawaii straight for New Zealand or something!! Finally Summer in the PNW ...missed the Vega rdvu. Enjoy your rest.

Glenda/Tom s/v Griffin

Surf's Up! 

By The Skipper

Laura and I are sitting on the lanai at the "Poor Boyz Yacht Club" watching the surfers at Kaiser's enjoying the unusually big waves today, the fishermen on the breakwater and the dinghy class playing bumper boats just off the fuel dock, while I sort through videos of our trip.  Hawaiian music is coming over the speakers behind me and it is very hard to keep my mind on the task at hand.  

The weather is classic Honolulu: Temperature in the mid-eighties, trade winds blowing the occasional shower off the mountains.  I am, of course, appropriately attired in shorts and Aloha shirt with a panama hat and flip-flops handy should I decide to venture out into the direct sunlight.

Do I miss Seattle?

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1. Bigjer40 | July 06, 2011 at 11:37 PM EDT

So glad you guys made it safely! Sounds like a good trip ;)

MatesLog-Coming Soon

By the First Mate

I started posting my daily log from our first trip from Hawaii to Neah Bay but lets face it 55 days of sometimes completely illegible writing is a daunting project.  I still plan to do it but not right away.  I am, however, going to post this last trip.   

So, check back as I will be posting 4-5 days at a time of our San Francisco to Hawaii leg along with pictures.

Chuck is beginning to organize the video and we will start posting the San Francisco to Hawaii series soon on our YouTube Channel. 

NOTE: Daily log has been deleted and reposted to First Mate's Journal

TransPac 2011

By The Skipper

Laura and I were drafted, almost immediately after arriving in Honolulu, as volunteers supporting the arrival and subsequent celebrations associated with the Trans Pacific Yacht Race.  We are Coxswain and Crew of the Waikiki YC shuttle boat that is used to trasnport revelers between the two yacht clubs, the fuel dock and TransPac HQ.

The party has just begun with the arrival of the leaders early this morning and will continue for the next ten days!

What's Next?

What's next?  We are not sure.  

We have toyed with the idea of heading south.  All of our friends here are encouraging us to.  We have looked into getting permission to visit Palmyra and continuing south to Kiribati and Tahiti Nui but we cannot leave Hawaii until certain financial details are ironed out; we need to be in contact with our broker and banks. Being incommunicado for several weeks is out of the question for the time being.

The most recent version of The Plan was to sail from San Francisco to Hawaii, then North to Alaska this summer, cruising SE Alaska and back to Admiralty inlet in September.  Due to our late start and longer than expected crossing, however, we judge it too late in the season for that now.

Our options, then, are: 
a) Stay in Hawaii (The horror!) until spring and continue as planned next year.
b) Head south as soon as our business is settled. 

Stay tuned...

BTW, we will be putting Laura's journal on it's own page in the near future so you can more easily refer back to it.

The Danger of Inertia.


By The Skipper:


Time flies when you are enjoying life; and we are enjoying life right now.  As I write this, I am sitting in the shade at a picnic table under an awning about twenty feet from Lealea’s pulpit.  Laura is lounging next to me in a deck chair reading Michener.  Off to our left a few hundred yards, surfers are doing their best with the small surf on the reef at Kaiser’s.  After the big south swell last week it must be a disappointment.  To our front, across the channel, yet another Japanese couple is getting married under the Coco palms on Magic Island so they can get Diamond Head and the surfers, and possibly an arriving or departing yacht, in the background of their wedding photos. Meanwhile, the happy couple is being completely ignored by the steady stream of joggers and walkers and the SCUBA diving group entering the water nearby. Watching the arriving and departing boats is always interesting and we have a pair of binoculars handy for that. Hot food and cold drinks, including beer, are just a few steps away if we are too lazy to climb back aboard Lealea to fix our own breakfast or lunch.

On a typical day we get up around 6:30 or 7:00 and go out for some exercise.  This usually takes the form of us walking or jogging over the bridge to Ala Moana Beach Park where Laura swims while I either continue jogging or work out at the exercise station across from the beach.  I will get in a quick swim and beach shower to cool down before we head back to the boat for breakfast.  Laura may cook or we may order an omelet from the kitchen.  Either way there will be several cups of the free coffee that comes with our mooring permit.  Later, after the few chores we have to do, we will probably walk over to the neighborhood market to pick up fresh fruit and veggies and maybe something to put on the BBQ for supper.  In the afternoon when we are not out and about town, we read, write and work on video production and web site maintenance thanks to the free Wi-Fi provided by the Fuel Dock.  On Fridays, the yacht races start at 6 and there is a fireworks show at 8PM. And the weather is always perfect.

I cannot think of a more comfortable place to spend the winter, or of any particular place that I want to go.  And yet, every day that passes, we are more anxious to leave, to get back out to sea.  Unfortunately, this view is not shared by the Boatswain.

1. Victor Grimm | September 17, 2011 at 02:49 AM EDT

What marina are you at? I need to thank you. For if it were not for your living and passage making on a 27 foot boat I would have junked my Charlie Morgan 38 in favor of a 50 ft boat.

2. Chuck | September 19, 2011 at 02:13 PM EDT

We are in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.


By The Skipper:

We have been a bit in limbo since arriving in Honolulu, but yesterday we got some news that we have been waiting for.  Now we can resume life with a clear plan for the future.  We expect to go to sea again in the next month or so.  Meanwhile, I will try to complete the latest series of videos before we depart.

The boat is pretty much ready for sea but I really need to change the oil in the engine and finish re-wiring the solar panels.  We are topped up on provisions and lack only one five gallon jerry can of being at full capacity for fuel.  We think we might cruise around the islands and try our hand at fishing for a while.

Making New Plans

By The Skipper:


Laura and I are formulating new plans for the next few months before we head North to Alaska next summer.  We are applying for permission to visit Palmyra in November.  Meanwhile, the Nawiliwili Yacht Club on Kauai is having a Halloween party that we think we will attend.  Kauai is an easy overnight sail from Honolulu but it is an open ocean passage so there is work to be done to prepare.

Honolulu is great but we are feeling a bit oppressed by the big city and want to get back out to sea for a while.

1. Bruce Blumenstein | October 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM EDT

The solar panels...and the auto pilot. And the sun awning. I know you don't have a list to do so it's all looking forward that counts. And the prop is ok,you don't really need it so one of you dive down there in that warm water and check the thru hulls and zink plate.

Great to read your goings on. Wish you could post a current picture or two.

I know-too much to do and so little \"work time\" at the end of the day. -Bruce

2. Chuck | October 07, 2011 at 09:38 PM EDT

Laura has been working on a new portfolio of still photography. Coming very soon.

Manila Calling

By The Skipper:

I spent most of the day yesterday on the phone with a Dell tech rep trying to get my computer sorted out.  No virus or anything; several programs, including my browsers, just went on strike and refused to boot up.  Bernadette, working from the Philipines, spent several hours remotely working on my computer after David, her co-worker spent more than an hour looking for hardware problems.

Still not completely back to full function, Bernadette said she will call back today to continue.

Administrative Chores

By the Skipper:

We have been having some serious software issues with our computer which have affected the web site - inability to upload content and blank pages due to software crashes and other gremlins.  Since we are getting ready for sea again, the computer stuff has been assigned a lower priority recently but we think that we have it all fixed now so we can get back to work on the site. Laura has some terrific photography to share and I have been working on some stuff as well.  Soon.

If you are in the neighborhood (Waikiki)...

By The Skipper:

Laura and I have been invited to speak and give a slide and video presentation at the Hawaii Yacht Club on Wednesday evening Oct 19 at 6:30PM. Open to the public so if you are in Honolulu drop in and say "Aloha".  Presumably, the bar will be open

Flying the Coop

By the First Mate

We are spending the next few days doing small chores in preparation to take the boat to Kauai.  APEC ( Asia Pacific Economic Conference ) begins in a week and Ala Wai Harbor will be swarming with DLNR, USCG, DOBOR, and a bunch of other authorities providing security in the Waikiki area.  We are moored at the entrance to the Ala Wai channel and I think the traffic will be crazy intense.


Instead of dealing with the above we’ve decided to attend the annual Halloween Party at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club in Kauai.  We have been members of NYC for years and have only been able to participate in one of their events.  Now if I can just get Chuck to put on a pirates hat….


Our time, so far, at the Fuel dock has been extremely pleasant.  Chuck has been working feverishly on our video’s for YouTube and we have both been working hard to improve the CruisingLealea website.  Someone wrote and requested we update the photo’s so I’ve spent many hours selecting some favorites which were added yesterday.  Also, anyone familiar with the Ships Store at the American Vega website will find some new products available so please take a look.


 Chuck and I are looking forward to getting back on the water.  Bree, as yet, is undecided.



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1. Dave Stahnke | October 30, 2011 at 07:02 PM EDT 

Just finished watching your trip from SF to HI and really enjoyed it! Nice work! Wife & I spent our 25th on Kauai (first trip to HI) in Sept and seriously miss it. Look forward to your updates.

Chillin' on the "Garden Isle"

By the Skipper:

Access to the internet at a friends house for a few minutes so I thought I would let everyone know that we are enjoying the peace and quiet of rural Hawaii on the island of Kauai.  We are spending the evening with old friends tonight.  We will be at Nawiliwili harbor until about he 15th of November.  Then,probably, back to Honolulu.
Home Port

By The Skipper:

Back in our home port, Honolulu after a tiring four-day trip back from Kauai.  We waitied for the gales to pass and departed in light trades.  After a few hours the wind died completely.  We were determined to sail back to Oahu but when the third day dawned with Kauai still in sight we decided to start the motor if we made no more progress that day.  At sundown we hoisted the iron mizzen and pointed the boat toward Barber's Point.  After 18 hours of motoring we arrived at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor and went directly to the Harbor Pub for pizza and beer.

Now that we are back in civilization, we have uploaded a new video to YouTube and are working on more.  Laura has a new photo album to upload from our visit to Kauai and we are working on more new material for the web site.  We hope you like the new stuff.

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1. Bruce Blumenstein | November 21, 2011 at 11:43 PM EST

Nice video! And that popcorn while waiting for the next black cloud to arrive. Being hove to and no kenetic energy for the storm to play fun with the of course it's a given the wind will stop and really let you beg for pizza. That was a nice rewarding, excursion over, treat. How do I get a like like that!? -Bruce and Ruby


By The Skipper:

The web site is a mess.  We are going to be doing some serious housekeeping in the next few days.  Laura finally has her own computer and is busy setting up photo albums for upload.  Now we can both work on the web site and videos at the same time.  We hope the results will be worth the investment.

Leftover Turkey 

By the First Mate

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving Day.  

Just finished lunch of leftover turkey dinner.  It never gets old.

PBYC sponsored Thanksgiving Dinner last night by providing oven cooked and deep fried turkey along with the stuffing, mash potatoes and gravy.  The rest of the tenants provided other dishes such as baked yams, string bean casserole, roasted brussel sprouts and much, much more.  Wow!  In traditional form, Albert, the commodore of the PBYC played Hawaiian music on his ukulele while we ate.

We do love it here.
Still Thankful - The Feasting Continues

By The Skipper:

This morning, Curtis, who runs the lunch counter at the Fuel Dock store, began the day by whipping up potato pancakes for breakfast from the remaining left-overs.  Tenants and PBYC hang-arounds enjoyed  a rare treat.  For those with heartier appetites, the usual omelets,  hash-browns, eggs, bacon, Spam, rice and waffles were available.  Someone is playing a guitar nearby and the morning crew is drinking coffee and munching breakfast while checking out the surf at Kaisers (Small).

The weather is a bit blustery today.  A front is passing through promising strong trade winds and showers.  The temperature is Hawaii winter cool at about 76f. We'll be hanging out with friends and doing a bit of boat work.  If it gets too rainy, I'll work on a new video.

Winter Days

By the First Mate

It's been a blustery last couple of days but we are in the tropics so it has been pleasant. Chuck has used the time to get a few more video's done and the San Francisco to Hawaii series is almost finished.  I know he already has something planned for another series. We certainly have enough video to work with. 

I've been swimming again every morning since we arrived and have just promised a friend to be their workout partner.  We are planning on competing in a couple of biathlon races coming up in the new year (1K swim, 5K run) so I should be in decent shape again before we leave next season.
It is amazing how many people now follow our blog.  We purchased a second computer a few days ago so I can organize our photo's and post more often.  More pictures soon.  
Tole Mour

By The Skipper:

Laura just called my attention to a three masted schooner on the horizon.  I think she must be the Tole Mour, a historic vessel that calls here in Hawaii fairly frequently.  I remember her from her days with the Marimed Foundation.

Winter in Hawaii

By The Skipper:

This morning, when I got up, it was cool enough I needed a flannel shirt over my surf shorts and T-shirt when I hopped off the boat, in bare feet, to grab a cup of coffee at the Fuel Dock store.  Laura had gone off for her morning run and swim while I enjoyed some quality time with Bree and watched the early morning activity around the harbor; surfers and outrigger canoes paddling out, late fishermen fueling up and chatting about where to find the fish - the HH FAD buoy is always a favorite for a short trip - or the Penguin Banks between Oahu and Molokai.  By 0800 the sun began to warm the day and the flannel came off and I found myself reflecting on the last four winters we spent on the mainland.

Frankly, I'm feeling oddly uncomfortable about being so, well, comfortable.  True, we lived right here in the Ala Wai for 15 years before sailing to the Pacific Northwest and one might logically think that returning to our home port would be not much different than before.  What is missing, I have finally figured out is stress, or at least the kind of stress that comes from having to make dead lines and take responsibility for the productivity of others; of having to be in a certain place at a certain time.  No more conflicts of interest.  No more juggling personal and business life.  Hawaii has turned out to be very much more pleasant than before.  And what's not to like?  The air is cleaner than almost anywhere else in the US, as is the drinking water.  The weather is as good as it gets anywhere, the sea is clear and beautiful and the sailing is glorious.

So we are leaving.  In a few weeks or months, depending on which way the proverbial wind blows, we will be heading either North or South on another voyage to someplace new.  As soon as we decide, we will let you know.

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1. Josh | December 12, 2011 at 03:23 AM EST

Just wanted to let you know that I have enjoyed your posts. Keep them going!

Positive Reinforcement 

By The Skipper:

This morning we watched and helped a bit while friends brought in a crane to re-step masts.  Three boaters chipped in to hire the crane, one ketch and two sloops - one crane charge.  At least that was the theory.  All went well until the saw horses supporting one of the masts collapsed dropping the mast on the already mounted radar unit and, possibly, bending a spreader.  We stayed out of the way sipping our coffee and remembering how easy, by comparison, it is to take down and re-step the mast on our Vega.

While we were thus engaged a young man came up to us and announced "I'm watching your videos!".  He introduced himself as Nathan, one of our subscribers on YouTube.  Nathan has recently purchased his first boat, a Boston Whaler, for fishing.  He said watching our videos had encouraged him.  Maybe he will put up some videos of his own and we can learn something from him.

Refresh and Reload

By The Skipper:

You may have noticed changes in the site in recent days.  If not, be sure to refresh.  We have moved some pages and re-arranged content while we add more pages, photos and articles. There is a lot of stuff coming up.  We hope you will like it.

1. Rob | December 20, 2011 at 06:42 PM EST 

I don't see how to get to any new pictures.

2. Gordo | December 25, 2011 at 07:59 PM EST

S/V LeaLea -- Thanks for all the videos. We watch them on a 52\" HDTV, and they look and sound great!

We saw LeaLea in Friday Harbor when we chartered from Bellingham a few years ago.

In case you had time and internet...Matt Rutherford is sailing a Vega in an attempt to circumnavigate the Americas. Great blog! He's close to Cape Horn.

We lived on Oahu 96-98. Now in Phoenix. Regards -- Gordo

3. Chuck | December 28, 2011 at 05:43 PM EST

Yes, Gordo, we know about Matt and gave him a plug on the American Vega site, Next time you see Lealea, give a shout and say Hi.

Cold Season

By the First Mate

I have been battling a cold all last week and have had no interest in posting or playing around on the computer.  Chuck, on the other hand, has been working hard on the last few video's of our trip which should be up before Christmas.  
Merry Christmas to All

By the First Mate

It's hard to believe this time last year we were sitting in a hotel in San Carlos and I think we ordered in a pizza for Christmas dinner.  This year, however, will be spent hanging with fellow cruisers at The Poor Boyz Yacht Club.  I've offered to make a pancake breakfast for anyone who doesn't have plans for Christmas morning. 
We have been awaiting news that would decide whether we would stay here in Honolulu for another few years or continue with our cruising in the New Year.  I am excited to say the news is in and as soon as the winter weather breaks we will be moving on.  Our plan is to submit the required application to visit Palmyra in January and weather permitting we are going to head farther South until May when we can begin our trip to Alaska.
Now we are looking around at the boat and making our list of things that need to be done before we leave.  Fortunately the list is short and there are only a few items that have to be checked off before we go.

Chuck and I wish all our friends, family and fellow cruisers a very Merry Christmas!
Post Christmas Shopping

By The Skipper:

Our primary camera has died so we are shopping for a new one.  Looking at the Sony HDR-CX360V.  First, we will try to get the old one repaired (Do they still do that?)  It has been a good tool for the last five years but lacks HD capability.  We will need to do something before we head out again.

Last Entry for 2011