|Diamond Head at dusk.|
As I mentioned in a previous post, my job isn't all snorkeling with dolphins and handing out cookies to hotties. Sometimes, like last week...it's tough hard work.
Every two years we are required by the coast guard to haul each boat out of the water for hull inspections. And last week was Kaulana's time to travel to the dry dock on Oahu. So, being first mate on Kaulana, it was off to Oahu for me! We left Maui at 11pm on Friday night. There were three of us on the boat and we took turns driving the boat in two hour shifts. I was up first. That night there was no moon and the stars out on the open seaThe first day there I got off on account of having not slept, but instead of sleeping I went to meet my friend Traci! She happened to be staying on the North shore the same time I was there. So we went to the beach house she was staying at. That beach was gorgeous! Then we went to the Haunted Lagoon at the Polynesian Cultural Center which was really good, I dare say the best haunted anything I have ever
were just beautiful. I had 4 methods for navigation. The old school compass built into the boats dashboard, the new school gps, the few navigation lights visible on the surrounding islands, and my favorite...the stars. I got sick of keeping the right compass reading lined up on the little line so I picked out a few stars and
kept the boat going in the right direction by keeping the bow between the stars. It was pretty cool. Luckily we had a relatively calm night. The passing was completely uneventful. In the morning we cleared all the flying fish that had landed on our decks off, and waited for light so we could maneuver into the harbor and haul the boat out of the water by 8 am. Drive a boat from Maui to Oahu...check.
|With Traci at the PCC.|
|At the UH game. Notice I'm NOT wearing a hat...|
|Yeah, that's a tank full of poop.|
|LOTS of tools...|
|How many times did I fall off that scaffolding?|
|Bottom paint done. Taping for top coats.|
To cap it off, I shared a hotel room with an interesting guy, one of the company's maintenance staff. One night, at 4:30 a.m., he came
|At least the sunsets were good!|
Staying in Honolulu is always a big change. I got completely lost trying to find my hotel after being on the North Shore with Traci. The
|Building a wave breaker.|
Things I learned: I don't like drunk people, I don't like Honolulu, except the restaurants, I don't like painting poop tank voids, but I do like Traci, and collecting sea glass, and kids as actors in haunted lagoons! And you've got to get the epoxy/hardener ratio mix just right or it doesn't work well... Goooo dry dock!