Aloha Friends! We’ve been back in Oahu for about a week and we finally feel like we’ve caught our breath again and are officially back living the boat life. Sorry for the long delay.
Since being back we have re-sealed some leaking deck hardware, acquired new galvanized 5/16″ anchor chain, changed the engine oil and filter and began to sort though all the gear and stores on the boat to rid Ellie of any unnecessary weight (so we can cram more toys onboard of course!). The remaining list of to-do’s is not daunting. The list includes inspecting the rig, inspecting and lubing the steering system, disassembling and lubing the sticky feathering kiwiprop, some more engine maintenance, new VHF antenna, some brightwork, waxing the hull, polishing stainless, etc. We’ll spend the next month or so getting her ready.
Alyssa got a job at the steak house next to the marina and starts work today. We were both relieved when she got the job because it is very expensive to stay in this marina and having some income will greatly help to offset some of the higher costs of being here. We love it here though and Alyssa never wants to leave. The atmosphere is super laid back and friendly. We are right on the beach with gorgeous sunsets every night. There are amazing restaurants with live music every night. We can use the pool and gym at the hotel and the showers at the marina are first class. We don’t plan life so if we still love it here in a few months we’ll have to weigh our options. We have work visas for Australia that require us to be in the country by November 2015 so that will most likely drive us to set sail in April.
The six weeks we spent back on the mainland were jam packed with visiting family and friends. We also had a very sad Christmas tragedy with the loss of Alyssa’s uncle, Phil and her cousin, Alex in a small plane crash on Christmas eve. The entire family came together, along with the entire town of Sutter Creek, to mourn the loss and celebrate their wonderful lives. Phil and Alex were amazing individuals who were full of life and love and they will both be sorely missed. You may remember Phil from early in the blog when we were anchored on the Napa river and he flew his plane down to take us on a flight and spend the night on the boat. We always had a blast with Phil and he had a larger than life personality. He was always immediately everyone’s best friend. We will always cherish the times we spent with them and will never forget the advice Phil gave us when he visited in Napa. Phil told us that during our travels if anyone invites us into their home, or on an adventure, to say yes without hesitation. The advice has served us well as we have met the most amazing people that we would never had met if we hesitated and declined their warm offers to share their lives with us. Phil and Alex were cremated and we have the privileged of bringing a part of them with us on our voyage. We will also be flying Phil’s fishing burgee under our port spreader and I’ll be wearing his favorite fishing shirt to bring in some monster Mahi and Tuna. It is with loving memory we dedicate the next leg of our voyage to them both. May they rest in peace.