Our weekend sail started with a very long drive from San Diego
to Monterey. We left at 1430 with an extra crew member. Richard
from our Wind N Sea sailing club volunteered to participate in our adventure.
After very heavy traffic in LA, we stopped for a bite to eat at Chuey's
Mesquite Bar and Grill in Stevenson's Ranch off 405N. I think I've
named the exit right, stop in and give it a try. They got a thumb's
up by our crowd. The rest of the night was uneventful and we arrived
in Monterey around 1130.
The car was unloaded and a few minor known issues were addressed.
The guys tested and found a ground wire problem with the head. With
new wire and ingenuity, we were flushing again at about 0100. We
sacked out to a warm fire and electric heat and saved the bilge pump's
jury rigged float switch for morning.
Saturday morning passed quickly with stowing canned goods and properly
attaching the float switch. When finished checking fluid levels and
our usual mundane Persil checks, Jamie fired up the engine. Well,
he tried to, anywise. It wouldn't turn over. We had no power
from battery number two even though it had a full charge. Jamie and
Rich chased wiring once again and finally determined that the main battery
power switch was fried. Once it was replaced, there was a second
ground wire problem that warranted wire replacement once again. The
old girl needs to be completely rewired and it is being addressed on an
as needed basis at this point. Anything that isn't new will be replaced
upon arrival in San Diego. That being said, we didn't get under way
until Saturday afternoon. As per our usual, there was no early start
in our schedule.
(In Monterey Harbor)
We left Monterey at 1500 after a great lunch of sand dabs (catch of
the day) from Lulu's? on Fisherman's Wharf. Adrian had a hamburger
and really liked that, too. Another thumbs up in the growling stomach
category. We motored out of the Monterey Bay Harbor and put up the
headsail and mizzen as we entered the bay. As soon as we were beyond
the point, we tacked and I went below. I was tired and didn't want
to deal with green time until necessary. We were doing close to 7
knots most of the night. We had 6-8ft seas and 10-15 kts. wind until about
0245 Sunday when it was 2-4 ft seas and no wind at all! We motored for
last 8 hours to Morro Bay. Richard was a lot, a lot, did I say a
lot? of help! I didn't feed fish this time! I was still very
seasick, but with extra crew I was able to get much more rest which really
helped me. I stayed horizontal unless I was at the helm for my shift.
It gets better every time. This weekend was granola and cereal bars.
OK, it was overkill. I sure wished I had bread and fixin's.
I know the crew would have appreciated it. No one cooked.
We took on a lot more water than I was comfortable with through the
night and the following day. There is a packing gland and stuffing
box issue that demands a haul-out as soon as possible. The facilities
in Morro Bay really aren't what we need, so we're going to tighten things
down again and continue to Santa Barbara on our next leg. We were
washed with waves a few times but not on my watches, weather was warm and
dry, a bit nippy at night. Excellent sailing when we had the wind.
(A mass of seagulls surrounding a fish dumping possibly from the trawler
At 0700 Sunday, Adrian came on deck during my watch. Jamie came
on watch at 0900 and Rich went up as well. I went below for some
zzz's. The guys had a far off view of Hearst Castle. At 1000
there was a pod of dolphins feeding on a school of fish and a whale that
blew 2-3 times. I heard it was quite a sight. We arrived in
Morro Bay at 1430 after a decidedly difficult communication problem through
Morro Rock on our end. Around the turn we were loud and clear.
After docking, and harbormaster's forms, the fun began. The rental
car agency was closed on Sunday (which we failed to check out in advance).
The next closest at an airport was also closed on Sunday (yes, they roll
up the sidewalks on Sunday in Morro Bay). This meant no car to drive
up to Monterey to collect our own. We walked to the Morro Bay Yacht Club
to look up contact info. for John and Nia Schmidt, proud owners of Jovita,
a 1964 Cheoy Lee Bermuda Ketch. They were unavailable, so the guys
went off to Ace Hardware by shoe leather express to get an adapter for
our shore power. They stopped at Von's plaza and found out that they
went the wrong way. Rich was still determined to jog to Ace before
they closed. Jamie walked back to the boat to try and finagle transportation
to Monterey. In the meantime, Adrian and I went back to the boat
for jackets and went to a Thai restaurant called the "Thai Boat".
We ate and brought dinner back for Jamie and Rich.
(Eileen at the Helm)
While Jamie was having no luck in the car department, Richard happened
to get picked up by a sympathetic boater named Paul, who gave him a lift
the rest of the way to Ace. Thanks Paul! Paul was our man.
He ended up giving Jamie a ride up to Monterey for our car for fuel and
funds. It always amazes me how helpful the boating community is.
It's a welcome change in our lives. Paul lives aboard his trimaran
in Morro Bay.
Rich cleaned the bilge and I tightened hose clamps while waiting for
Jamie's return. We were just finished packing up when John and Nia
stopped by for a visit on Flying Cloud. They had been out on Jovita when
we called earlier. We shared stories and promised to meet up when
we're back in town. Looking forward to it! That was the remainder
of our evening's excitement. Rich, Adrian and I got some sleep.
Good thing, Jamie didn't return until 2230. We loaded the car and
I drove as far as Oceanside. Rich took over and we were home at 0400,
much later than planned, but pretty smooth despite the hang-ups.
Thanks again Rich! We're planning another repair weekend to precede
the next sail, just like in Monterey.
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