Sorry, No Pics!

May 1, 2012

Sorry to say, We won’t be able to post pictures while we’re underway – just text. After all day of messing with this issue, it seems that the system we use for email over HAM radio changes the images in such a way that the posting software doesn’t recognize the image. There are several posts on the internet discussing this issue but no resolution.

So here’s what we’ll do: We’ll save up all the pictures until we find a wifi connection in French Polynesia and post a whole bunch of pictures then. We’ll just have to do our best to describe the trip in words until then. -Rich

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Avalon (Catalina, California)

May 1, 2012

Here we sit in beautiful Avalon, our first stop. Although only 26 miles from Redondo Beach, it might turn out to be the hardest leg of the trip. So much planning, so much preparation. Was it enough? We’ll find out. Only time will tell if we brought enough Cheeze-Wiz and Oreo’s!

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Departure Day! (Redondo Beach, California)

April 29, 2012

We did it! We left the dock! Sunday afternoon about 1:00 we got away. It was quite an event for us. I’ve never seen Cyndi with a bigger smile and mine was ear to ear as well. The harbor patrol and life guards gave us send off at the harbor entrance with the siren blaring and the fire hose streaming water. Then it all fell apart. We got all of our bad luck out of the way in the first 3 minutes of our cruise.

I pushed the throttle levers up to leave the harbor and the engine started to slow down. There we were with the prospect of having no power while heading for the jetty. I’d changed the fuel filters the day before and I guess I didn’t get all the air out of the system. I flicked on the auxiliary fuel pump and the engine powered back up.

Then I went take down the little video camera I’d had set up to record our departure. It was stuck. I got it unstuck just as the boom swung over and hit me in the back of the head. Not too hard. I’m still alive.

OK, now all the problems were behind us. I pointed us to the point and set the electronic autopilot. All appeared to be working. Seconds later, the boat started a big u-turn and an error message came on the chart plotter with words to the effect that some idiot forgot to turn on the autopilot computer. Oops! That was a quick fix and all was really well from that point on.

Six hours later, we were sitting in beautiful Avalon bay on Catalina Island where we will spend the next few days. Depending on weather, and a small remaining to-do list, we should get underway for the next 2850 mile leg on Wednesday or Thursday. -Rich

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Track Us!

Among the many last minute things to do is setting up this blog. Done. We are now able to send updates by email and if the computer gremlins are caught unaware, the emails will appear here as blog posts. We send email at sea via the HAM radio. It’s very slow but it works.

The other last minute feature added to the blog is a link to track our progress. See “Track Us” in the menu above. There is a link on that page that will take you to the Yotreps web site and show the position our boat, callsign KF6RIT. (For now, all that’s there is part of our 2002 Hawaii trip.) -Rich

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