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Menehune Man
August 20th, 2005, 11:04 PM
Just wondering if anyone has built a boat? Small or large, fishing or sail. Wood, fiberglass, steel. If you have please tell us your experience at it.

1stwahine
August 20th, 2005, 11:19 PM
Just wondering if anyone has built a boat? Small or large, fishing or sail. Wood, fiberglass, steel. If you have please tell us your experience at it.

I built a boat once than after...with the same paper, I built an airplane! I tink I wuz in Kindergarten.

Oh, oops. Wood, fiberglass, steel! Ya neva say paper! Nah, thought we could use a laugh or two. It's 11:11 pm. and nothing to do than checking if any new topics here. I betta go sleep and talk to my Angels.

Richfuel
August 26th, 2005, 02:30 PM
I have never built a boat but man am I tempted to build this one:

Ulua 18' sailing Canoe (http://homepages.paradise.net.nz/garyd/ulua.html)

I've really studied it and I think I could do it. Just a dream right now but making a passage in a boat that I built is one of the "Things-to-do-before-I-die" items on my list.

Aloha,

Slick

Menehune Man
August 26th, 2005, 07:00 PM
I have the building plans for this sailboat MICRO (www.common-sense-boats.com/micro.htm) and hope to make it happen someday.

DMM
August 30th, 2005, 02:16 PM
I have the building plans for this sailboat MICRO (www.common-sense-boats.com/micro.htm) and hope to make it happen someday.
There's another Phil Bolger-designed boat much like that one that sails in Kaneohe Bay regularly.

LikaNui
August 30th, 2005, 02:56 PM
There's another Phil Bolger-designed boat much like that one that sails in Kaneohe Bay regularly. Belongs to my next-door neighbor. Uses it for fishing, mostly. And as for "sailing" it, well... they paddle upwind and sail downwind.
(Tried to put a Big Grin smiley here but the buttons on the Smilies panel aren't working!)

Menehune Man
August 30th, 2005, 09:09 PM
The best job I ever had was as First Mate aboard "Captain Bob's" tourist sail out of He'eia Kea Boat Harbor. Sailing daily out to the sandbar to play volleyball with bikini clad ladies. Photo is of Afa,
Ka'ai'ai, Capt. Parnel and myself. I saw quite a few homebuilt boats plying the bay and that's when I got the idea to try and build one.

Menehune Man
February 5th, 2006, 09:46 PM
This looks like a fairly simple small sailboat to build. It's called a San Francisco Pelican. Originally 12' but now there's 16' & 18' models. Only a centerboard so no messing with building a mold and melting lead to add ballast to a keel. I know that they're pretty stout little boats because there's a race across San Francisco Bay every year in the 12' models. I just want a plaything to get me out to the Kaneohe sandbar on days off. Here's a PHOTO (www.well.com/user/pk/waterfront/photo-of-the-week/Photo041004.html)

There's nothing so much fun as just messing about in boats! :D

kimo55
February 5th, 2006, 10:02 PM
(Tried to put a Big Grin smiley here but the buttons on the Smilies panel aren't working!)





then here's whatcha put fer dat:

(SFSF)

MadAzza
February 5th, 2006, 11:51 PM
then here's whatcha put fer dat:

(SFSF)

Hey, you stole that from my Harley newsgroup!

grrr!

FYI: Stoopid Freakin' Smiley Face

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 06:41 AM
FYI: Stoopid Freakin' Smiley Face


Thanks MadAzza. I didn't know what it meant and thought it may have had something to do with the previous post... San Francisco(SF) was written twice. :p

LikaNui
February 6th, 2006, 06:46 AM
This looks like a fairly simple small sailboat to build. It's called a San Francisco Pelican. What a sweet looking little boat! Interesting that the rig is actually stayed. Nice rig & sailplan for running and reaching, but it probably won't go to windward too well. And I like the deep cockpit. Hope you build it. Already got the plans, or still in the dreaming stage?


I know that they're pretty stout little boats because there's a race across San Francisco Bay every year in the 12' models. Not a problem. I sailed a 7-footer across 32 miles of open ocean between islands.
Once.
;)


There's nothing so much fun as just messing about in boats! :D Or as I like to say, "God does not deduct from our lifespans the time spent out on the ocean."

timkona
February 6th, 2006, 09:39 AM
Have not actually built a boat from scratch, but been involved in at least 30 drydocks on various vessels here on Big Island. My advice to you is to go to work in a drydock for a while before attempting to build a boat. If you have carpentry skills, then you need to "un-learn" them. Throw away the level and the square. Sailing Rules !! So go for it.

"A boat is like a hole in the water that you fill with money."

"A boat is like a child, except a boat never goes to sleep, and never goes to school"

"Owning a sailboat is like standing in an ice cold shower, with a rain jacket on, tearing up $100 bills."

"The happiest days in a man's life are the day he buys his first boat, and the day he sells the damn thing."

"I got a brand new boat for my wife for Christmas. I'm sure gonna miss her."


"Sailing is the second best thing you can do with your clothes off."

Aloha

Capt. Tim

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 10:05 AM
Thanks Capt. Tim! Funny stuff. I've never built a boat either, though worked at Keehi Marine Center for 2 years and South Sails for 6 months way back when. I've built cabinetry into my boats and yes nothing is truly "square" along with every other project a boat owner has to deal with. I lived almost 10 years aboard my own vessels, mostly sail, but my daughter's first home was a 27' cabin cruiser. Anchoring out in Keehi Lagoon back when it was free! Those were the days my friend... I've been boatless for many years now, having raised 2 kids into pretty cool adults. I would never get my wife to live on a boat but am starting to dry up myself so really need a project and then a plaything. Think it's called a "Mid-life Crisis". :eek:

LikaNui
February 6th, 2006, 10:46 AM
The word "boat" can be broken down to Break Out Another Thou$and.
:p

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 12:24 PM
What a sweet Hope you build it. Already got the plans, or still in the dreaming stage?
Previously I was "Buddy2" so I have the plans for Phil Bolger's Micro, but not for this boat.

Not a problem. I sailed a 7-footer across 32 miles of open ocean between islands.Once. ;)
WOW! Where from and to and when? So cool. I've sailed to Lanai, Maui and The Big Island. Inside of Vancouver Island and down the coast of California. Of course I cheated and did it on bigger boats than that one.

Or as I like to say, "God does not deduct from our lifespans the time spent out on the ocean."
I think you're right. Sure makes life seem more worthwhile anyway.

Thanks LikaNui !

timkona
February 6th, 2006, 12:57 PM
I sailed a 25' Santana from Keauhou, Hawaii to Lahaina, Maui....like a Nantucket Sleighride in the channel makin 8+ knots on the GPS with a wide open broad reach on a quartering sea....on a couple of those down hill parts I swear we made lift-off.

Comin home from Manele Bay on Lanai was a different story....giant head seas with wind....no way to sail....9 hp Evinrude puttering away gettin drenched on every fluffy wave top....we are wearin face masks cuz of the spray.....terrible bad for 16 hours .... ..... ..... ..... then a dead calm off the coast of Mahaiula....we outta gas....sails are flappin in the stillness....but the current is running to the south slowly...and Keahole Pt is within sight....by sunset we used the last cup of gas to motor into Honokohou....we must have looked a sight, cuz a good friend of ours, out of pure sympathy, gave us his freshly purchased 6 pack of Anchor Steam....we motored home to Keauhou, safe and sound....phew!

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 01:14 PM
Right on! Here's my Pearson 26' named "Blue" that I did most of my interisland sailing in. The photo is from the first week I owned her, or did she own me? Hmmm. Frank Rice of the boatyard gave me a livaboard slip for $100/month, Ha! I got no peace so only kept it for a month and went back out on my own anchors. One time anchored off of Kamaole 1 (Maui) for a couple of weeks, I met a lady who took me back to Catalina Island with her a month later, oh but I digress. From there to Honokohau took twelve hours of choice surfing! As the waves (8'ers) would try to cause Blue to round up I just surfed her along. What a Blast! :D :D :D :D

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 01:25 PM
Trying for photo again...

LikaNui
February 6th, 2006, 01:35 PM
I sailed a 25' Santana from Keauhou, Hawaii to Lahaina, Maui....like a Nantucket Sleighride in the channel makin 8+ knots on the GPS with a wide open broad reach on a quartering sea....on a couple of those down hill parts I swear we made lift-off. Great fun!
If you get a chance, try a downwind run in the Moloka`i Channel on a blustery day, on an ultralight 70-footer. We did 16 knots... on the back of the waves... and surfed to 29 knots on the faces of the waves.
"Fun" doesn't even begin to describe it!
Take this big ol' grin here ----> :D and multiply it a few hundred times.

For even more fun, try it at night. With no moon.

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 11:17 PM
Hey! Let's start a new thread in Mixed Plate called Sailin' Stories. It's good to remember and share those times and the ones to come! :D

kimo55
February 6th, 2006, 11:22 PM
great idea!......

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 11:39 PM
great idea!......

I did it, Kimo! Please share yours.

kimo55
February 6th, 2006, 11:43 PM
ok, tomorrow aftah java



sailin stories. missed opportunities. great sailin story books. people. magz.
(latts and atts..)
whootah.

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Lattitudes and Attitudes is the best! :D

Hey Kimo. Do I get Green Gum for this idea? :o

Menehune Man
October 16th, 2007, 04:44 PM
I went out sailing with my buddy this morning. After a while we motored through the Keehi Lagoon anchorage and I discovered this cute little 20 footer. She had a for sale sign on her and I called the owner. I'll meet up with him tomarrow and if all goes well...
I'll be a boat owner again!!! It's a 1971 Bell Boy Marine Sailboat.
Wish me luck! Named JAVA at the moment though after I put some love (and money) into it, I'll rename "Menehune Man" of course. :D

Menehune Man
October 17th, 2007, 03:50 PM
As with most things... "Buyer Beware", especially boats.

Met the owner and I went out to the boat.
WHAT A MESS! Couldn't believe it.
Most of the interior has been cut out, including major structural items to make more room?! Could be rebuilt, but sheesh.

I asked yesterday about what type of keel and was told it's a fixed keel (solid), but discovered that it was a swing keel that all the mechanics of moving it had been removed and now is through bolted in the down position. I never have liked those anyways.

All the standing rigging (what holds the mast up, wires and turnbuckles) needs replacing. The mast step is corroded / broken along with the chain plates.

So, this is a boat that I wouldn't want to take on even if given to me.
Oh well. There's more fish in the sea. HaHa!

Menehune Man
March 25th, 2008, 12:15 PM
My friend Don bought a Alberg 30 sailboat hull and cabin.
It had been gutted by previous owners so the good part is that he has added hull stiffeners and has also started on the interior. Don has many of the necessary large ticket items already, diesel engine, stove, head(toilet), etc.
Luckily he works in the marine industry in Idaho so gets everything at super wholesale prices. The boat will be extra stout in every aspect. He has sailed to Hawaii 3 times along with many other stops across the Pacific. He and I have sailed inter-island here and around Vancouver island together. And been friends over 20 years. Should be ready to go by the end of this year and I'm invited! Mrs. Menehune has always said I can go if I get the chance!!!
Here's a link to a blog on his boat restoration. More has been completed since.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Here's an email I just received.
"Ya man!

Whats the best time to sail from the coast: difficult question.
The best time to avoid the hurricanes sweeping up from Mexico is to leave after November,......
having said that, the north Pacific storms start in September and by October one does not want to be off of the north Pacific. Sooooooooooo, the compromise is to get the vessel to a southerly jump off point by road after November and before March (December - January would be ideal).
Gary says he can truck us to San Fransisco, take a couple long days driving with stops at night.
To go to San Diego is twice the driving distance and not what he wants to do.
San Fran is an ok jump zone, there is a potentially rough zone called the "potato patch" as you leave San Fran but it shouldn't be anything the vessel would be concerned about,.....just a little rough on the crew if anything at all,.....could be calm also. Lots of options from there; go down the coast with a stop in Mexico, or head straight to Hi etc. All depends how much time the crew has (you) and what they want to do.
Crew is you, me, and Jesse, a fit young man (18 or 19) who is a Starbucks barista and races mountain bikes in the summer and ski's in the winter. He has given me his phone # and wants to come and work on the boat anytime and really wants to go. I'll have him over to see the boat and see if he knows what he's getting into and still wants to go.
I'm targeting December 2008 January 2009 as the launch date. I'll know by September if I'm gonna make it. All the structural work would need to be completed by then to make it work.

Anywayz,....gotta get back to work.

Love ya!

salmoned
March 26th, 2008, 07:40 AM
If Jesse backs out, Can I apply? ;)

LikaNui
March 26th, 2008, 07:36 PM
Very cool, MM!
Did he cut a hole in the hull to change engines? Looked like it in one photo on his blog. Yikes!
The run down to Mexico would be good for you and Don to see if Jesse can handle being at sea. If he can't, easy to tuck back in somewhere and drop him off, as opposed to heading straight for here and suffering a couple of weeks of misery.
On the other hand, it looks like there's an awful lot of work to do if he wants to leave end of the year. You know how schedules end up. :p Especially with sea trials to work out the bugs. How about planning for a July '09 departure from Los Angeles, and leave a week or 10 days before the TransPac start? That would give you lots of help mid-ocean if you needed it.
Hope it all works out for ya!

Menehune Man
March 26th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Very cool, MM!
1)Did he cut a hole in the hull to change engines? Looked like it in one photo on his blog. Yikes!
2)The run down to Mexico would be good for you and Don to see if Jesse can handle being at sea. If he can't, easy to tuck back in somewhere and drop him off, as opposed to heading straight for here and suffering a couple of weeks of misery.
3)On the other hand, it looks like there's an awful lot of work to do if he wants to leave end of the year. You know how schedules end up. :p Especially with sea trials to work out the bugs.
4)How about planning for a July '09 departure from Los Angeles, and leave a week or 10 days before the TransPac start? That would give you lots of help mid-ocean if you needed it.
5)Hope it all works out for ya!

1) HaHa! That was a 27' Oday sailboat that the marine shop he works for picked up as salvage for $500 bucks.
And he got the diesel engine.

2) Latest news is that the boat will be trucked to San Diego for our jump off spot. And heading south for a bit is a good idea too!

3) Yeah, he's got alot to do. I've seen him complete miracles previously when he sets his mind to something. We'll see. Three of the bulkheads are installed already and much of the interior is ready or at least laid up now. All brand new standing and running rigging on site. He runs a marine repair shop there so has access to all he needs. His boss Gary is a Great guy too! I met him when I was up there last year.

4) That may be what happens?

5) Thanks Buddy!

Menehune Man
March 26th, 2008, 10:43 PM
If Jesse backs out, Can I apply? ;)

Hiya salmoned!
Only the Captain can choose the crew, but I've been aboard an inter-island sail with you as Captain and had a great time.
I still have fond memories of that day buddy!

Menehune Man
April 1st, 2008, 01:55 PM
Check the "progress" update!
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Even has a countdown timer added.

LikaNui
April 1st, 2008, 07:44 PM
Jesse sounds like a good guy and has the possibiolity of being good crew.
Love the countdown timer too. Maybe he ought to start a pool. :p
Or, he could buy this sailboat (http://www.thelog.com/news/logNewsArticle.aspx?x=5942), with its own website at this link (symaltesefalcon.com), already completed, tested, and ready to go again for a bargain-basement price of just...

$180 million. :eek:

Menehune Man
June 5th, 2008, 09:50 PM
Don't think this really counts as "Boat Building" but,
These guys built a raft outta 15,000 plastic bottles, some piping and a Cessna airplane fuselage. They're sailing from Long beach, CA to Hawaii and have launched the journey already?! I wish them luck. Here's a link...
http://junkraft.blogspot.com/

Menehune Man
June 16th, 2008, 01:13 AM
My friend Denis owns/lives aboard a Columbia 28 in Keehi.
His woodworking skills are incredible! A real perfectionist.
The first shot of "Miha" is outdated. A lot of work has been done since then.
The interior shots... EVERY piece of wood you see is new, along with the sink & stove. WOW!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2583881616_eae652c9e8_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2583044561_6570e5a46c_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3017/2583044565_265f19d873_m.jpg

Told you he was good. And a good friend too!

matapule
June 16th, 2008, 05:22 AM
I ran the Pleasurecraft Division for a Southern California boat builder once upon a time. Company was a pioneer in fiberglass construction starting back in the late '50's. Built fiberglass sailboats and power boats from 30 ft to 120 ft. One of our 36 ft power boats was the first commercial powerboat to cross from California to Hawai'i. That was back in the early '70's. I know a couple of our powerboats are docked in Ala Wai right now.

BTW, I have spent some time in a Pelican. A fun family boat but not a racer. Sort of like an El Toro on steroids.

Ofa 'atu
Mui Houma

Menehune Man
July 14th, 2008, 10:35 AM
My friend Don bought a Alberg 30 sailboat hull and cabin. Here's a link to a blog on his boat restoration. More has been completed since.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Here's an email I just received. 7/14/08

"This was a very good week-end on the boat!
I felt like I reached a mile-stone; Got the hull stiffeners finished! (YAY) Tyler mixed resin batches while I rolled it out on day one and Kim mixed on day two.
Got the last four bulkheads templated, cut out, fit, resin coated, and sanded! (YAY) now they are ready to be tabbed in place.
Got the hull ground to fresh glass and vacuumed and 100 % ready where the bulkheads go. (YAY)

Tonight I'm tabbing all four in place (two at the front of the cockpit and two at the back).
Tomorrow night they all get glassed in solid.

That just leaves the aft bilge to glass and the aft floor partitions which I'll get done this week also.

I had the twin to my little diesel come into the shop, we pulled it apart and its no good for the fellow.
After seeing how funky it was inside I decided to sell him mine as a direct replacement.
It can not be made fresh water cooled so in salt its days would be numbered anywayz.
Parts are no longer available and its good for him as he'd keep his old motor for parts.

I'm "noodlin' around alternatives,.....gotta plan "B",.....need to do more research to see if its feasible."

Pretty cool! He's charging ahead.

LikaNui
July 14th, 2008, 10:44 AM
Charging ahead, indeed! Did he send photos?

Menehune Man
July 14th, 2008, 10:51 AM
No photos this time. :(
But he'll update the blog eventually. :D

Menehune Man
November 27th, 2008, 02:51 PM
UPDATE:
Don's moved the boat into the shop for winter and will go "Gung Ho!" now.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Possibly next summer casting off from the West Coast to Hawai'i!

LikaNui
November 27th, 2008, 04:19 PM
It looks like he's doing an extremely thorough job, MM. But unless he can work on it full time, and has help too, it's hard to imagine it being ready for a bluewater passage by next summer since it's still basically a bare shell. But I'll sure keep my fingers crossed for him! (And you. If I recall correctly, you're planning on making the trip with him, yeah?)

Menehune Man
January 15th, 2009, 10:09 PM
Don, up in Idaho is doing well on his Alberg 30 sailboat...
Check links in previous posts if interested.

I went down to Denis' Columbia 28 sailboat, to check on it for him.
All is well and I tied a couple extra lines to the dock & piling, due to the wind coming.

His craftsmanship is incredible! Every piece of wood you see... he did.
The bulkheads(walls), custom table - even the edge molding hand made, compression post(vertical post, supporting the coach roof, between the deck-stepped mast and the keel.) is made of 4 sawn boards epoxied together, et al...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3270/2583044559_b63a9fdfa1.jpg

Menehune Man
January 15th, 2009, 10:25 PM
1)I ran the Pleasurecraft Division for a Southern California boat builder once upon a time.

2)BTW, I have spent some time in a Pelican. A fun family boat but not a racer. Sort of like an El Toro on steroids.

Ofa 'atu
Mui Houma

1) Really cool, matapule!

2) Many years ago (80-81), I lived aboard my first boat (27' cabin cruiser) in San Rafael California and a guy down the dock had a Pelican.
I borrowed it all the time! Great fun. Looks fairly easy to build?

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2009, 04:36 PM
Took this shot yesterday of Denis and "Miha".
Look back to a previous post to see the differences. There are many.
The mast has been discarded. Lots of problems. But everything will be brand new sometime. Already have all the new chainplate hardware. The portlights (windows) have been replaced in a very seaworthy manner. The old aluminum framing needed to go. Denis designed and built the dodger (framing and 'roof' on top). Also the forward opening hatch is newly installed. Just really great work.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3409/3268574460_cc2a18deee.jpg

LikaNui
February 9th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Looks good! Is he going to put solar panels on that hard dodger?
Also, I see single-course lifelines instead of doubles. Combined with the unusually long distance between the stanchions, perhaps the lifeline arrangement is temporary and unfinished? As I'm sure you know, the height and the gap would let any lowered headsail wash over the side, and the single-course and missing stanchions do almost nothing to prevent a man overboard situation. On the other hand... it sure makes the cabin look good! :p Nice job on the ports, too! Probably the best looking Columbia 28 I've ever seen. Well done!

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2009, 08:15 PM
The boat is totally self-sufficient now. There's a fairly large solar panel mounted on the rear of the cockpit railing. Hard to see on the previous photo, but next to the new 5HP Honda outboard. He also has an electric trolling motor and it's set as back up.

The complete electrical system has been redone. Deep cycle batteries, converter for 110v, panels, wires...

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2009, 08:25 PM
1)I see single-course lifelines instead of doubles. Combined with the unusually long distance between the stanchions, perhaps the lifeline arrangement is temporary and unfinished?
2)As I'm sure you know, the height and the gap would let any lowered headsail wash over the side, and the single-course and missing stanchions do almost nothing to prevent a man overboard situation.

3)Nice job on the ports, too!
4)Probably the best looking Columbia 28 I've ever seen. Well done!

1) Very good eye buddy!
There are two stanchions missing, one from each side. Unfinished.

2) When completed... lower lifeline and netting installed. Think big playpen. Works though.

3) I know! Thick and secured.

4) I agree whole-heartedly! :D

Menehune Man
April 8th, 2009, 08:47 PM
My friend Denis owns/lives aboard a Columbia 28 in Keehi.
His woodworking skills are incredible! A real perfectionist.
The first shot of "Miha" is outdated. A lot of work has been done since then.
The interior shots... EVERY piece of wood you see is new, along with the sink & stove. WOW!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2583881616_eae652c9e8_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2583044561_6570e5a46c_m.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3017/2583044565_265f19d873_m.jpg

Told you he was good. And a good friend too!

Hello everyone,
My close friend Denis past away today. It was okay. I was there.
He was only 53 and had stomach cancer though. Bummer.
We've been friends about 12 years now and have helped each other out as friends do along the way.
Yesterday he officially gave his sailboat to me. Wow, I know!
What an incredible gift, eh?

A quote by Denis: "Thou shalt not hassle. That's the 11th commandment". And he lived it.
Really cool guy and Great friend. I'll miss our conversations...

Barry
April 9th, 2009, 03:19 AM
Sorry to hear about your friend. Words are meaningless in this situation R.I.P.

LikaNui
April 9th, 2009, 11:49 AM
WOW, what a sad piece of news. I'm sorry for your loss, MM. Happy for your gain too, but sorrier for your loss. :(
Got any big plans for the boat? Gonna re-name it in honor of Denis somehow?

Menehune Man
April 9th, 2009, 01:21 PM
WOW, what a sad piece of news. I'm sorry for your loss, MM. Happy for your gain too, but sorrier for your loss. :(
Got any big plans for the boat? Gonna re-name it in honor of Denis somehow?

Thanks Lika and the rest for condolences.

I told Denis back in Feb. when he told me what he was going to do, what I would.

There are big fancy blue lettering on the transom of "MIHA"
I'll put smaller blue block letters just below it "by Denis" soon.

Completed the DLNR paperwork and informed Keehi Small Boat Harbor of the change in ownership today.

Menehune Man
April 29th, 2009, 05:30 PM
Due to recent financial woes for both my wife and I, I'm selling Miha. :(
Made a craigslist ad (http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/boa/1144632704.html) yesterday. Immediate contact and should be sold tomarrow. I'll try and make buddies with him.

What's better than owning a boat? A friend with one. HaHa!
Oh well. I still had helped my buddy Denis out and feel good about that.

Menehune Man
April 30th, 2009, 06:30 PM
That last post was "looking at it the wrong way!".

Had a Great day meeting Steve. He's got the ambition and finances to complete Miha. We went for a fun motor all through the boats at moorings and out the channel a ways. Then on to the bank, DOBOR, and back to Keehi Harbor office. Whew! Completed everything today.

Back up to Tuesday, when I placed the ad.
Immediately received an email of interest.
I sent my phone #. 15 minutes later received a call.
He's moving here at the end of May. Presently living in Alaska.
Lots of banter back and forth... and He arrived last night at 6pm!!!
Totally meant to be.

BEST PART!
I've made a new friend for sure.

Menehune Man
July 9th, 2009, 08:11 AM
I now have a sailboat that I can afford. I bought it yesterday morning 7/08/09.
It's a 1980 Catalina Capri 18' and I got it for $1,800. (He was asking $3,000)
She needs some work, though did actually sail here from California 2 1/2 years ago.
So I have a project and as I told Sulu... "It's Menehune size!" HaHa!
Presently named TINI (tiny), after some love and money it'll become "Menehune Man".
Here's a brochure of new ones. Same basic boat, but no wing keel.
http://catalina18.net/c18_brochure.pdf

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/3704184403_399248efdc.jpg

I'm headed down this morning to Keehi to clean the bottom and get ready for the boat inspection on Saturday by the harbor office. Wish me Happy Sailing!

leashlaws
July 9th, 2009, 08:23 AM
Good luck to you MM and congratulations! This sounds like a great project for you and I know you'll giver her lots of love and care! Happy sailing! LL:)

LikaNui
July 17th, 2009, 05:35 PM
CONGRATULATIONS, MM!!!! You should have tons of fun on that one. (Especially after you clean the growth off the bottom. :p Consider moving the winches closer to the tiller, too. You probably thought of that already.)
I should finally have the electrical system fixed on my boat this coming week. I haven't been able to use it for almost three months. ACK!

Menehune Man
July 18th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Right on Lika!

Hey, I'm now in touch with Shane St. Clair. http://www.sailscovare.com/bio.html

- 28 day solo Pacific crossing of 2,500 miles to Hawaii aboard an 18' Catalina, 1987.

The guy I bought it from had no knowledge... about anything concerning the boat really. But Tini will be a great boat again!

Menehune Man
July 19th, 2009, 01:52 PM
Went down to the boat this morning...
Someone cut the lock and stole my 5hp Nissan Outboard. They left the fuel tank and hose though??? It needs work and now I won't worry 'bout that and just buy a brand new outboard motor soon. Nothing will deter me or bring my spirits down concerning this boat!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2615/3737191684_23ea65a8a0_o.jpg

LikaNui
July 19th, 2009, 03:07 PM
Darned sorry to hear that, MM. When you buy a new one, consider either keeping it at home or at the least keep it below decks, locked up in the cabin.
Three or four years ago there was rash of outboard engine thefts all around Kaneohe Bay. They got about a dozen or so before they were caught. They were stealing them from marinas and from boats tied up in front of private homes too. Sheesh. :mad:

Menehune Man
July 21st, 2009, 02:31 PM
Now this is neat!

I'm getting the secondary, electric outboard motor off of "Miha".
Denis and I only used it 3 times and he had bought it brand new. I've become friends with Steve that bought her from me too.

Isn't life amazing?! So, I'll actually have a part of that boat aboard this one.
Will have to create a whole brand new electrical system from...
batteries, charger, switch panel, wiring, et al. No fuel or maintenance costs!
I can then lock it below with no fuel fumes. Of course electric outboards are a lot lighter weight too. That's another plus.

Making lemonade here folks!

LikaNui
July 21st, 2009, 04:30 PM
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!

matapule
July 22nd, 2009, 02:10 AM
Don't know how I missed this thread!

MM this is exciting. Great looking boat with a remarkable history. Pacific crossing in 28 days in 18 Feet? WOW! A friend of mine just crossed from Cabo San Lucas to Ala Wai marina in a 58 ft trawler in 18 days. At one point he encountered 15 foot seas on the nose at 5 seconds for almost 48 hours! That is definitely an "E" ticket ride.

MM keep us posted with pictures as work progresses. And then you can take us on a virtual ride along.

Malohi!

Menehune Man
July 25th, 2009, 07:15 PM
First off... I truly love this boat. No complaining here.

I have to seriously attend to everywhere aboard.
But what a boat when I'm done. It's my complete project to create as Denis did with Miha.

Just to show the extent of neglect and bad boatmanship by previous captains.
Here's a photo of the bent pulpit, rusted fore stay, chain plate, etc...

I bought some new white dock lines and added the hose chafing gear.
I am really happy and Mrs. Menehune is happy for me too!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2564/3756633764_c137473def_b.jpg

LikaNui
July 25th, 2009, 09:00 PM
I bought some new white dock lines and added the hose chafing gear. West Marine or POP at Pier 38? Nice job with the chafing hose, and I assume you'll add some where the line goes over the deck too. And nice job of cleating the blue line too! The roller furling gear and sail look like they're in good shape.


I am really happy and Mrs. Menehune is happy for me too! And it doesn't get any better than that! :)

Menehune Man
July 26th, 2009, 10:37 AM
1)Nice job with the chafing hose, and I assume you'll add some where the line goes over the deck too.

2)The roller furling gear and sail look like they're in good shape.

1) I'll add bow chocks for the dock/anchor lines soon.
Perko+Chrome+Skene+Bow+Chocks (http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=11154&familyName=Perko+Chrome+Skene+Bow+Chocks)

Would really like to have cleats amidships also.
For use of the spring line(s). Blue line in photo above.
Presently, only 2 at the stern and 1 at the bow.

2) Yes, good condition. Will replace the thin line for the drum though.

Menehune Man
July 27th, 2009, 12:18 PM
Okay! I've got the 12v MotorGuide saltwater outboard now. Equals 54lbs thrust max. http://sites.mercurymarine.com/portal/page?_pageid=125,67486&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

And I decided to create a blog concerning the restoration of my little vessel.
http://a1986catalinacapri18restoration.blogspot.com/

The entire interior has had a once over cleaning.
Still need to use goo gone for leftover adhesives and rust stain remover for spots.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2548/3763731488_f3822f0976.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3582/3763731474_8e00bbb37d.jpg

Menehune Man
August 21st, 2009, 11:44 AM
This morning I started on the electrical system and have everything needed for the outboard wiring installation,
along with a new 105ah deep cycle battery and 15amp 'smart' battery charger.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3517/3843103597_6df954f5ab.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3441/3843103601_6ca07a5d6c.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2409/3843103605_60d6df83fe.jpg

The Blog (http://a1986catalinacapri18restoration.blogspot.com/)

Menehune Man
September 23rd, 2009, 09:38 AM
I have the building plans for this sailboat MICRO (www.common-sense-boats.com/micro.htm) and hope to make it happen someday.

I still have these plans...
Just told my wife that the next place we move into has got to have a driveway or parking area. I'm willing to get a vehicle to have a small boat on a trailer.

Check out this recent ad "Micro for sale" from Yakima, Washington.
http://yakima.craigslist.org/boa/1368086797.html
Only $1,800 including trailer. That's cheap!

Menehune Man
September 25th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Just wanted to share the joy of some Captain that built a "Pelican" Sailboat.
http://www.smallboatforum.com/PDFfiles/SanFranciscoPelican.pdf

The Maiden Voyage!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcnukf9VaaI

Whoa... :)

Menehune Man
October 5th, 2009, 09:54 AM
My friend Don bought a Alberg 30 sailboat hull and cabin.
It had been gutted by previous owners so the good part is that he has added hull stiffeners and has also started on the interior. Don has many of the necessary large ticket items already, diesel engine, stove, head(toilet), etc.
Luckily he works in the marine industry in Idaho so gets everything at super wholesale prices. The boat will be extra stout in every aspect. He has sailed to Hawaii 3 times along with many other stops across the Pacific. He and I have sailed inter-island here and around Vancouver island together. And been friends over 20 years. Should be ready to go by the end of this year and I'm invited! Mrs. Menehune has always said I can go if I get the chance!!!
Here's a link to a blog on his boat restoration. More has been completed since.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Don is in touch with a guy on the East Coast who also restored an Alberg 30.
Real sweet sailboats! Here's a video clip... http://www.roundthecorner.com/vid/sail1.htm

Menehune Man
November 18th, 2009, 07:01 AM
Originally posted by Likanui...
"Did you (or anyone else here) go down to Waikiki and get a shot of that 72' sailboat that went aground? Turns out the owner lost another sailboat here the same way just six months ago. Hmmmm..."

Read in the Advertiser that the owner said 'The anchor line broke.'. What!!!
First off we haven't had any hurricane force winds lately, even if alittle blustery.
So something wasn't tied properly or a shackle(connector) failed.
The boat sure looks like a beauty! And no I haven't got there to take photos. The one in the newspaper was classic though. Glad no one got hurt.

Menehune Man
November 24th, 2009, 07:11 PM
My friend Don bought a Alberg 30 sailboat hull and cabin.
Here's a link to a blog on his boat restoration. More has been completed since.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/


Don was here for a week and something cool is that I gave him a Festool hand-sander vacuum combo that I had scavenged off of Denis' boat before I sold it. Don bought a large luggage at the swap meet and got it home safely. The tool costs around $600 and had another $100 worth of disks.

He's going strong on it again!
Next summer is the proposed sail from San Fran with me aboard!

LikaNui
November 25th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Nice gift, MM. Well done. Denis would approve.
And if you guys need crew next summer, you know who to call! ;)

Menehune Man
November 25th, 2009, 10:20 AM
I just reread my post above and forgot to mention the most important point...
Don and Denis were buddies for many years and Don had been aboard "MIHA" on previous trips here. They both had a lot in common. Adventurers and skilled boatmen.

Festool sander
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2527/4134562786_32627441cd_o.jpg

Festool vacuum
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2709/4134562790_5c582f5170_o.jpg

Menehune Man
November 25th, 2009, 04:42 PM
Hope this isn't too much sharing...
I told Don that don't have any good photos of Denis (he wasn't into them)
Don took this photo of Denis on the day he bought "MIHA". Cool! :D
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2589/4134611840_dd8b55a831.jpg

The very first thing Denis removed from the boat was the 120V refridgerator. Sitting on the dock.
He believed in 12V self-sufficiency

Menehune Man
January 2nd, 2010, 12:12 AM
He'll do a "progress" update soon!
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/


Don had a tough year, but the boat project continues on.
Check the blog and he's behind in posting stuff.
Tonight He emailed this photo of the first barrier coats going on after all that fairing and sanding...
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4051/4236928538_acdd2d4cf7.jpg

LikaNui
January 2nd, 2010, 09:49 AM
The very first thing Denis removed from the boat was the 120V refridgerator. Sitting on the dock.
He believed in 12V self-sufficiency I was instantly reminded of Jimmy Buffett's 1983 song "12-Volt Man" from the "One Particular Harbour" album. Lyrics are at this link (http://www.buffettworld.com/song-lyrics/harbour/#9) and I'll see if I can find a video.
EDIT: couldn't find a video with just a quick search. But did find that the background vocals on that recording were done by a bass player named Timothy B. Schmit who used to play with Jimmy and then joined a little group named The Eagles.


Tonight he emailed this photo of the first barrier coats going on after all that fairing and sanding. It's looking great, MM! One thought: if Don is planning on sailing from there to here, I presume he raised the waterline for the bottom paint. Lots of supplies for a long trip means extra weight and that the hull will ride lower in the water, so the bottom paint needs to be raised to prevent growth on the hull that would severely reduce speed.
Thanks for the updates!

Menehune Man
February 7th, 2010, 06:22 PM
My friend Don bought a Alberg 30 sailboat hull and cabin.
It had been gutted by previous owners so the good part is that he has added hull stiffeners and has also started on the interior. Don has many of the necessary large ticket items already, diesel engine, stove, head(toilet), etc.
Luckily he works in the marine industry in Idaho so gets everything at super wholesale prices. The boat will be extra stout in every aspect. He has sailed to Hawaii 3 times along with many other stops across the Pacific. He and I have sailed inter-island here and around Vancouver island together. And been friends over 20 years. Should be ready to go by the end of this year and I'm invited! Mrs. Menehune has always said I can go if I get the chance!!!
Here's a link to a blog on his boat restoration. More has been completed since.
http://alberg30.blogspot.com/


Check this out!!! The white & red of the bootstripe are also of high quality bottom paint. Cabin top, decks, nonskid painting close to done. Most of the interior is completed.
Still needs a lot of work, but what an incredible job he's doing. I'm still goin' sailin' when she's ready!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4340036196_e737f3df64_o.jpg
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4055/4340036192_e37353c295_m.jpg

Menehune Man
April 29th, 2010, 05:44 PM
From Likanui: 1)I'm curious why you guys plan on doing the crossing during the winter -- harsher weather conditions, 2)and with the winter position of the Pacific high pressure system it'll require either a longer sail to get around the high (which has little to no wind) or else a lot of gas to motor straight through it. 3)Will you have a weatherfax or website access on board so you can watch those isobars daily?

1) A couple of reasons... Don works in the boating industry up there and the season is over around Thanksgiving. Also our hurricane season ends November.

2) We'll sail farther south (about Baja) and then across.
2a) No gas onboard. Strong electric inboard motor, with wind generation, solar panel, and even the prop spinning while we sail adds power into the bank of batteries.

3) Yes, both! And a satellite phone too.

LikaNui
April 29th, 2010, 07:41 PM
2) We'll sail farther south (about Baja) and then across. Say hi to Matapule while you're down there! Maybe he and his powerboat will join you in the crossing.


2a) No gas onboard. Strong electric inboard motor, with wind generation, solar panel, and even the prop spinning while we sail adds power into the bank of batteries. Letting the prop spin increases drag and reduces speed, but then again you're not in a race, so what the heck. No harm no foul. Losing a small bit of speed is a good tradeoff to keep the battery banks full.
And I'm sure you'll take plenty of spare parts, especially for the wind generator.


3) Yes, both! And a satellite phone too. So of course you'll have battery monitors and will be extra careful not to use too much electricity with all that equipment. And is it safe to assume there's only an icebox and no fridge?
Man, I wish I was going with you! And hey, is Don going to keep the boat over here, or is this just the first leg of a longer cruise?
Please keep keeping us updated, brah.

Menehune Man
April 29th, 2010, 10:54 PM
So of course you'll have battery monitors and will be extra careful not to use too much electricity with all that equipment. And is it safe to assume there's only an icebox and no fridge?
Man, I wish I was going with you! And hey, is Don going to keep the boat over here, or is this just the first leg of a longer cruise?
Please keep keeping us updated, brah.

Yeah. Everything is brand new. from the switch panel, volt/amp meters, wires, light fixtures(lcd). No fridge, heater or a/c.

He's moving here. Been on the wait list for Keehi Marine Center for years and is now #3. Hopefully for him to continue on sailing for a while before settling in. I gotta go back work li'dat. ;)

Menehune Man
December 3rd, 2010, 12:45 AM
The latest news from Don is he's getting "Kolohe" his Alberg 30 sailboat from Couer D'Alene Idaho to San Diego for sea trials and casting off in January 2011!

I've got all I need now to go... so just waiting on 'the word'.

His blog is not truly updated on the boat itself... I've gotten so much more info and photos through email. http://alberg30.blogspot.com/

Menehune Man
December 3rd, 2010, 01:04 AM
He's moving here. Been on the wait list for Keehi Marine Center for years and is now #3. Hopefully for him to continue on sailing for a while before settling in. I gotta go back work li'dat. ;)

Don has had slip B-7 at Keehi Marine Center's docks, WAY better than the State docks, for a while now. We'll come in to Hilo first and make our way slowly to Oahu. Go with the flow eh?!

I've got 6 weeks off approved from work whenever I need the time.
I'm at my vacation hours cap of 180 hours. So been taking a day a month off so can still earn more li'dat. We're on furloughs at the museum which means we're supposed to have 72 hours per paycheck though we most often make more! ;) That equals 5 weeks of pay anyways. HaHa!

Menehune Man
December 3rd, 2010, 02:01 AM
Quoted from Likanui:1) Letting the prop spin increases drag and reduces speed, but then again you're not in a race, so what the heck. No harm no foul. Losing a small bit of speed is a good tradeoff to keep the battery banks full.
And I'm sure you'll take plenty of spare parts, 2)especially for the wind generator.

1) Thanks buddy 'cause I know the downside too... but for power?
"I'd give my kingdom for... electricity!". HaHa!
2) He's got 3 sets of propellers and many other stuff for stuff.

Don's been around the Pacific quite a bit...:)

LikaNui
December 3rd, 2010, 07:58 AM
This is great news! I had a hunch this was coming, after you bought that video camera yesterday.
Looking forward to hearing more as things develop. Will you have any internet on the crossing?

matapule
December 3rd, 2010, 11:36 AM
The latest news from Don is he's getting "Kolohe" his Alberg 30 sailboat from Couer D'Alene Idaho to San Diego for sea trials and casting off in January 2011!

MM, I would urge your friend not to go in January. Your chances of getting battered by a Pacific storm along the California coast out to several hundred miles is very great. I just checked your rhumbline route on my Visual Passage Planner software. You will be facing a very difficult voyage with contrary winds in January. You will have much better conditions if you wait until March or later.

Also one month for sea trials and fitting out on a voyage like this is very ambitious. How much sailing experience does your friend have? I would not attempt this voyage in my 40 foot boat in the month of January, especially a newly launched boat.

Please be very careful. I do not have a good feeling about this.

Menehune Man
December 4th, 2010, 07:47 PM
Okay, I posed Matapule's questions and concerns to Don after explaining that both of you being true boaters don't know each other.

I have sailed in Hawaii and along the inside of Vancouver Island with him along with land based adventures too. He has sailed fairly extensively around the Pacific over the past 25+ years. This is his response...

Its nice that people care. :-)
Being born and raised in the northwest and sailing off the west coast year-round one gets a healthy respect for the systems.
Of course mother nature can hammer one at any time in any ocean in any season.
I would be surprised if we didn't get hit with a gale or two along the way.
It is usual for some of the storms in the north to bring some strong gales to the south.
Gales don't scare me, they are a normal part of ocean sailing and I usually encounter one along the way.

Now lets talk about the weather in the area we intend to sail.
Hurricane season is generally stated to be between May-Nov.
Actually they just put out the last advisory until May 15th 2011....Hurricane season now being over.
Have a look at the hurricane track picture I attached.....do you really want to be in that body of water during Hurricane season (May - Nov)?
I sure as (blank) don't! :-D

If one has been studying the systems lately; We are in an El Nina phenomenon this winter. What does that mean?
NOAA states:
"Consistent with nearly all ENSO forecast models (Fig. 6), La Niña is expected to last at least into the Northern Hemisphere spring 2011. A large majority of models also predict La Niña to become a strong episode (defined by a 3-month average Niño-3.4 index of –1.5oC or colder) by the November-January season before gradually weakening. A few of the models, including the NCEP Climate Forecast System (CFS), suggest that La Niña could persist into the Northern Hemisphere summer 2011. However, no particular outcome is favored beyond the Northern Hemisphere spring due to large model disagreement and lower model skill during the period.

Likely La Niña impacts during November 2010-January 2011 include suppressed convection over the central tropical Pacific Ocean, and enhanced convection over Indonesia. Expected impacts in the United States include an enhanced chance of above-average precipitation in the Pacific Northwest, Northern Rockies (along with a concomitant increase in snowfall), and Ohio Valley, while below-average precipitation is most likely across the south-central and southeastern states. An increased chance of below-average temperatures is predicted for coastal and near-coastal regions of the northern West Coast, and a higher possibility of above-average temperatures is expected for much of the southern and central U.S. (see 3-month seasonal outlook released on October 21st, 2010)."

So yes the Pacific NORTHWEST should get hammered more than usual while the south west should get hammered less......perhaps......only fools predict the weather.

La Niña impacts on the world's weather are less predictable than the effects wrought by El Niño. This is mainly because of the big differences in the jet stream and the storm track. El Niño causes the Pacific storm track to become stronger, to drop farther south than usual, and to straighten out like a necklace of weather extending more-or-less straight across the ocean. The La Niña storm track is weaker and loopy and irregular, like a piece of wet and wiggly spaghetti, more changeable — so the behavior and direction of the storms it carries are more difficult to accurately forecast.

have a look at this chart you can see and read our entire route.

You will see and increase in wave height but not a big difference in wind speeds for our area. The waves being shoved south from activity in the north.

As I said before I expect a gale.
Have gotten one or two every time I sailed offshore.

In regards to sea trials: how long should a boat be trialed before setting out?
Its a purely ambiguous statement. The duration of trials in terms of days or weeks is not important. The attention to details and meticulous inspection of the vessel while on trials is more important than duration.

I know Don and meticulous he is.

Menehune Man
December 4th, 2010, 08:19 PM
Don Lang is the guy that sailed/taught Kevin around the Pacific. He's mentioned thoroughly throughout the book! And a great time they had. Kevin wrote the book The Water In between (http://books.google.com/books?id=_i1DGvw6TI8C&dq=the+water+in+between+by+kevin+patterson&source=bl&ots=ZG1eQAdwk-&sig=dMFh1Tzb7LJ8dgcBCZHFxJIVk-w&hl=en&ei=STv7TPTiCZD4swP396j3DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAw)

matapule
December 5th, 2010, 03:01 AM
Actually they just put out the last advisory until May 15th 2011....Hurricane season now being over..................As I said before I expect a gale.

No, hurricane activity will not be an issue at these latitudes at this time of year. What would concern me is the possibility (historically high possibility regardless of El Nino/La Nina conditions) that a high pressure system will build over the "four corners" area of the US causing "northers" along the California/Baja coast. This is already happening periodically this December. This would provide a thrillling downwind ride heading south down the left coast with the main fully reefed, but once you reach your waypoint and turn right, out into the Pacific, the ride could become intolerable and potentially dangerous if something breaks - and on a boat, something always breaks. This could affect your voyage out several hundred miles into the Pacific and perhaps as much as the first week of your voyage. I presume you have allowed about 4 weeks to complete this voyage since I am not sure of your exact route. Will you come as far south as Cabo? I would allow 8 to 10 days for the SD to Cabo leg alone. I can provide some suggestions for good hidey holes (there aren't a lot) along the Baja coast to rest for a day or two along the way. Lots of whales along that route in December, but keep your distance. A 35 ft. sailboat was sunk on the HaHa after a collision with a whale a year ago, in broad daylight. The captain of that boat (a woman) was a very experienced sailing instructor.

Unless there is some necessity to leave in January, the prudent thing to do is leave in March or later. Passagemaking based on urgency or necessary schedules is frought with hazard.

Good luck and please keep us posted.

Menehune Man
December 6th, 2010, 07:57 PM
Thank you Matapule for great info and true concern. :)

We'll go when the boat, Captain, and crew are ready.
I'm just so glad that I can do this whenever with a great Captain/Buddy aboard an incredible Alberg 30!

I've done some sailing myself... Inside Vancouver Island with islands-fog-narrows, ferries etc. , down the coast of California a bit, most of the Hawaiian Islands. Been lucky like that. HaHa!

Now for the next adventure.

Menehune Man
December 17th, 2010, 05:28 PM
Don just removed the wall separating his boat from the rest of the shop today!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5269850227/

Menehune Man
December 18th, 2010, 08:07 AM
Okay will just 'attach' a photo this way...

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2011, 08:49 AM
Don left Post Falls the other day and is on his way to San Diego...

I hope this link will work for everyone. http://www.glympse.com/5ZV-Q7D
Don said that it won't continue to work all the way to Hawaii, but only a distance from the coast and stop. So don't worry when it does. Okay?!

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5138/5422681668_d285ff8030.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5422681668/)
Kolohe on the road (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5422681668/) by Menehune Man (http://www.flickr.com/people/69891231@N00/), on Flickr

LikaNui
February 6th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Good timing, as I was just getting ready to ask you how this was all going. Any idea when you're heading for SoCal, or are you going to wait until he's done seatrials?

Menehune Man
February 6th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Yeah, I'm waiting till sea trials are done.
I have 6 weeks approved off from work, so will get to San Diego just shortly before Don wishes to depart. He is watching the weather and ocean conditions very closely.

I'll definitely let you all know when I take off... and then when I return! :D

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2011, 08:19 AM
Kolohe went into the water yesterday...
All Don's email said was "She's finally floating. so far so good." :D
Flickr set (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/sets/72157625887496435/with/5431136261/)

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5431136261/" title="with Brice by Menehune Man, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5015/5431136261_254468c550.jpg" width="500" height="374" alt="with Brice" /></a>
Brice is the young guy that's worked on the boat with Don for years and will be sailing with us!

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2011, 08:21 AM
ooops it was on HTML instead of BB...
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5015/5431136261_254468c550.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5431136261/)
with Brice (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/5431136261/) by Menehune Man (http://www.flickr.com/people/69891231@N00/), on Flickr

matapule
February 9th, 2011, 08:55 AM
He is watching the weather and ocean conditions very closely.

Great! I'm happy the departure has been delayed. The weather window for March is opening up nicely. I know someone in Puerto Vallarta who is departing the first week in April for Oahu. If your departure is delayed that long, maybe I can hook you up.

.................................Well, I guess this is as good a time as any! Plans are being made as I post this to cruise ALOHA from La Paz over to Oahu the first of November. We will leave the boat there (probably at Ko Olina) as a liveaboard. We are excited! I use software called Voyage Passage Planner for routing, weather, and log. The trip will take me 16 days. Uaifi and matapule will crew with a third person yet to be determined. I need to pull the boat and have the bottom painted, change the coolant, hook up the gen set, and install air conditioning. Lots to do in the next 9 months and the time will pass quickly. I'll probably start a new thread soon with updates.

Good fortune to us all!

LikaNui
February 10th, 2011, 07:22 AM
Great news, MM. Will you able to send any updates during the crossing? (I'd be glad to be a relay source if you need it.)

And Matapule, that's great news about you coming over here! Sorry you have to settle for Ko Olina, as I know you were hoping to be closer to town, but KO was my prediction to you earlier as the only place to get a liveaboard slip. Maybe eventually in the Ala Wai through one of the two yacht clubs, but very very time consuming.
I'll be looking forward to your new thread and to your trip updates during the crossing.

Menehune Man
February 10th, 2011, 12:53 PM
1)Great! I'm happy the departure has been delayed. The weather window for March is opening up nicely. I know someone in Puerto Vallarta who is departing the first week in April for Oahu. If your departure is delayed that long, maybe I can hook you up.

2)Well, I guess this is as good a time as any! Plans are being made as I post this to cruise ALOHA from La Paz over to Oahu the first of November. We will leave the boat there (probably at Ko Olina) as a liveaboard. We are excited! I use software called Voyage Passage Planner for routing, weather, and log. The trip will take me 16 days. Uaifi and matapule will crew with a third person yet to be determined. I need to pull the boat and have the bottom painted, change the coolant, hook up the gen set, and install air conditioning. Lots to do in the next 9 months and the time will pass quickly. I'll probably start a new thread soon with updates.

Good fortune to us all!


3)Great news, MM. Will you able to send any updates during the crossing? (I'd be glad to be a relay source if you need it.)

4)And Matapule, that's great news about you coming over here! Sorry you have to settle for Ko Olina, as I know you were hoping to be closer to town, but KO was my prediction to you earlier as the only place to get a liveaboard slip. Maybe eventually in the Ala Wai through one of the two yacht clubs, but very very time consuming.
I'll be looking forward to your new thread and to your trip updates during the crossing.

1) Yeah, me too! I fly out 2/16 to San Diego and we'll cast off soon after that. I'm supposed to return to work on 4/01.
2) Terrific!!! I sure hope to meet the both of you and 'Aloha'. Please share more of what you have and will do do to 'Aloha'. New thread sounds like a great idea!
3) No updates, but as soon as we reach the Big Island I'll find a internet cafe to let you all know we made it.
4) Ko olina is the bestest maintained small boat harbor on Oahu. Not a bad home port for boating... now driving on the other hand kinda sucks.
Are you on the waiting lists for livaboard slips at Ala Wai(state) and Keehi Marine Center(private)? The Keehi state docks are crazy with crack heads! :eek:

Truly all the Bestest to all concerned.

Menehune Man
February 13th, 2011, 05:25 PM
I packed everything I'm bringing with me. It fits!

matapule
February 14th, 2011, 01:23 AM
I packed everything I'm bringing with me. It fits!

Tall ting look li' kine Star Trek Tele-transportah tingy!

Menehune Man
February 23rd, 2012, 12:35 PM
Don just put this video together of building Kolohe in Idaho from bare hull till completion and launching her in San Diego. Turned out real cool!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJmHkeaenT0&feature=youtu.be

Menehune Man
March 21st, 2012, 07:17 AM
Don and I are gonna start building his 10'4" Chameleon sailboat!
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6857289524_580e81ce04_n.jpg

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6857289536_78405e02b9_n.jpg

These images are of other Chameleons.
Link to info... http://www.duckworksmagazine.com/04/s/designs/greene/cham/index.cfm

I will of course photo document the process. ;)

Menehune Man
March 21st, 2012, 02:03 PM
This is the Flickr set that will hold the entire experience. So check back to see progress till completion. http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/sets/72157629635632023/
We only got one piece of plywood cut up before I had to leave, get ready for work today.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7232/7004353151_e21ddb394f_z.jpg
Don & Nick I'm going to work now!

LikaNui
March 22nd, 2012, 11:56 AM
I'll look forward to watching this build!
And I imagine you guys know that West Marine moved from Sand Island Access Road over to a new location on Nimitz, real close to Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab. Grand opening today through Sunday. Maybe discounts on stuff you'll need for the new dink.

Menehune Man
March 22nd, 2012, 04:25 PM
...West Marine moved from Sand Island Access Road over to a new location on Nimitz, real close to Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab. Grand opening today through Sunday. Maybe discounts on stuff you'll need for the new dink.

Yeah, we were there this morning and got our free T-shirts! First 100 customers received them.
Don bought some West System epoxy resin/hardener and stuff.
I bought a great Okuma shore casting fishing pole set. Super deals!!!

lensperson
March 22nd, 2012, 10:46 PM
So nice to see starships being built !
Next Stop: Nihoa and all points beyond.:)

Menehune Man
April 2nd, 2012, 09:30 AM
This is the Flickr set that will hold the entire experience. So check back to see progress till completion. http://www.flickr.com/photos/69891231@N00/sets/72157629635632023/

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7177/7039629019_a12c621c5e_z.jpg