We stopped in Kona on the way back from SoPac, dropped the anchor
and it's still down there 34 years later. Our Westsail named Honu is still in Honokohau harbor. Like a dumby, I gave up the slip when I sold the boat. Solved
the waiting list problem there, when I bought the Pearson
, by keeping it Alameda, lot's of slips relatively inexpensive. The commute to the boat is a bit lengthy and has gotten a bit pricey as of late. I worked for Aloha Airlines until they went belly up so the commute used to be a little long but the price
was right. When I checked on getting a slip in Honokohau recently, they asked what my actuarial life span was. Turnover is about a slip a year with a waiting list stretching close to 10 years. You can get a mooring
in Kailua Bay but it's rolly and dangerous for much of the winter.
The secret of getting a W32 to go to weather
in light air with a chop is called Volvo
. If we had to do that, we turned on the engine
and let it tick over at about 1500 rpm
and motorsailed at 5+ knots. We very seldom used the engine, however. We did often outpoint and outfoot boats and were accused of using the engine when we weren't. They will not point up with a racing
boat in any conditions. The will sail as close to the wind
as I car to go and do it relatively comfortably as long as you have some wind. Had to beat into the Marquesas
in force 4-5 conditions. Great way to end a 24 day passage
. Going to weather
is a point of sail that is much better experienced in a bar than on the water.