Another quiet day at Sausalito anchorage – just a bit more wind and cooler since yesterday. There is a cold front approaching on Thursday and everybody is getting excited at the prospect of rain – apparently quite rare this time of year. Quite impressive watching the cloud coming off the ocean and building above Sausalito then cascading down into the town this morning.
Early today a Pelican was fishing by the boat. What an ungainly bird. First, he gets airborne with a great seemingly uncoordinated performance of feet and wings. Then circles around and drops like a bag of wet rags into the water beak first. I suppose Pelicans must catch fish but they don’t look very convincing, looks like pot luck fishing to me.
Later in the morning I took the rubber duck ashore – getting to be a routine. I was going to walk up to West Marine, quite a way up the road. The wind was building so I didn’t wander too far as it’s a wet ride in in any chop in the dinghy.
I downloaded another weather file, a strong cold front is hitting the coast on Thursday. Looks like there will be a weather window for departure on Friday following the front. I expect I will need to sail quite a way south to avoid the high pressure and calms sitting on my route.
Meanwhile – nothing much else happening. That’s good I suppose.
It rained all night with some wind and a nice fresh cold breezy day today. I am trying to get a reasonably priced ERPIB and expected I could get one from West Marine in the USA. Unfortunately, although the price is great they are only programmed for American boats. I then spoke at length with West Marine in Vancouver and they say theirs are only for Canadian boats (seems unusual) and their price was double the USA price.
So, eventually I contacted Burnsco Marine in New Zealand, they have an EPIRB at a good price and will ship to Canada. If only I had known before I left NZ – hindsight is a lovely thing. Thank you Burnsco.
Got frustrated today with the mobile phone. The system here in Canada for non-Canadians is pretty poor. My credit ran out mid call to a supplier this morning. I then tried to top up with my phone, not possible. I then tried to top up from my laptop, again not possible as I don’t have a Canadian address. The only option was to get on a bus down to Sidney and top up at the seven eleven.
An hour later I purchased a top up and it didn’t load, the guy at the counter said that happens all the time and gave me a number for customer service, but this number could only be called from a landline! Eventually, thirty minutes later I managed to top up. On the bright side my trip to town was not wasted as I managed to find a coffee plunger and brewed up some decent coffee this afternoon.
I have been in contact with New Zealand’s best sign man, Bryant Thompson, for a new port of registry sign on the transom. I will also get some signs for the new NZ Callsign and MMSI number which go above the chart table. All being well the signs will be here later this week and I will try my best to get them applied straight.
During a sunny spell this afternoon I tried to figure out a way of launching the dinghy without crippling myself. The dinghy is cold moulded and built like a battleship, apparently Ernest considered that it would be his lifeboat as a last resort. Its heavy. I may try rigging a spare halyard and using a short spinnaker pole as a davit – needs a lot more thought really.
Off to do the laundry tonight, its nice and warm in the laundry which is a bonus. Then back for a low flyer and a chat to my neighbour.