On Thursday, my daughter Jessica arrived in Honolulu. On Friday, my friend Richard arrived. So good to have company after being solo since San Francisco. I haven’t seen Jessica since last December and Richard for a few years so we all have a lot of catching up to do.
On Sunday we did some boat maintenance in the morning and then set off to Hanauma Bay for some snorkelling. What a beautiful bay and the water over the shallow reef is teaming with tropical fish. The water was nice and warm – even I was happy to go in. Of course, the sun was hot and after a while we had to depart for some refreshments. We plan to do a trip to Pearl Harbour and hope to get out of town to see come of the north coast before Richard departs on Friday.
Yesterday we did a mixture of shopping, eating, drinking and just hanging around. We managed to find an acoustic guitar for Jessica to take on the trip. I am expecting to be entertained with some music and singing along the way now.
I have been getting a small amount of water in the bilge recently and was at a loss to where it was coming from. Finally, I found a pin prick hole in the bilge hose in the engine room. The hole was probably started when the dripless seal was being installed in Canoe Cove. Anyway, it was a relief to find the source of the water. With Richards help we have run a new hose from the pump to the over-side discharge and the bilge in dry again. So easy to do this kind of job with an extra pair of hands around.
Jessica and I plan to sail on Friday to Kiritimati, some twelve hundred miles south of Honolulu. The boat is ready, we just need to do some final provisioning and top up water, fuel and cooking gas before we set off. I am looking forward to the next leg south as Jessica will be on board to share the experience.
Great to see Jessica is with you. It will be an experience she will never forget. Safe sailing.