Seascout-Net Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Long Cruise
Re: Long Cruise
Wed, 25 Aug 1999 21:49:23 -0700
> Hello All:
> Have just recently returned from our long cruise . . . and after doing
> battle with my ISP to regain access .. . . . .(was starting to have
> email withdrawals!!). .. here is our report. I have learned. . . ask
> the poor soul your question, then after they say "sorry there is no way
> we can do that" . . . ask for a manager who typically says "course we
> can do that" . . . so very annoying.
> Anyway . . . Albatross managed to survive a week at Santa Catalina
> In addition to our own crew, we had two ladies from the SoCal Morning
> Star and even a NorCal Junior Officer who proved she is one great
> mechanic! So it was a mixed crew for a change.
> Sea state was pretty nice on all crossings about 3-4 foot with little
> wind (6 hours out, 6 on a unplanned side trip and another 5 on trip
> home), visibility was pitiful. . . best we had was two miles!
> Turns out that this was the first time the NorCal JO had ever cruised
> out of sight of land and had to deal with swell! Bay and delta is her
> main background.
> The new inflatable turned out to be a great investment. . . nice to be
> able to carry 6 at a time to shore rather than 4! Crew managed to break
> only one shear-pin! No one seems to know what happened to our best
> spring line (I suspect that it was left at Isthmus fuel dock)! New
> GPS/Map was nice to have along, tho I already know it will make us very
> lazy on navigation.
> Only one truly bouncy day at Avalon - hint for people cruising to
> Catalina, mooring in Decanso bay in any swell is like a roller coaster
> ride! So we found a way to stay off boat for about 12 hours, then
> everyone was too tired to care about the swell and next morning moved
> inside the bay.
> Only true source of excitement was the "smoke" pouring out of the engine
> room .. .. . . turned out to be a blown exhaust hose later found to be
> related to a dying water pump. . . nice clean engine room walls are now
> black! On that subject - a sincere thanks to Rich Butler of the
> Malolo for the idea on how to rig a replacement using a bait pump we
> already had aboard so we could get home on both engines. . . and while I
> am at it . .. a not so sincere thanks to the crew for allowing me to
> walk to the showers at the Isthmus on a busy Friday night looking like a
> "coal miner" without telling me how I looked! Kept wondering why
> everyone would stop in their tracks and stare, was getting a bit self
> The exhaust problem actually happened twice before we figured out what
> was up. First time we figured it was knocked loose by us while
> servicing the pump. . . that was a whole mile out of the Isthmus.
> Second time was 20 miles from island, 20 miles from Marina del Rey, and
> 30 from home. So we diverted to del Rey. . . even tho home was just
> another 10 miles, tends to get real bouncy in late afternoon in our area
> and we were heading into the swell. Figured it was better to surf into
> del Rey and try and get pump fixed. . . turned out to be the correct
> As I mentioned, our NorCal J.O. guest was Brie Finegold off the
> Belmonster. Brie is a first class "wrench wench" (one of her many many
> nicknames) she had an invitation for marriage from a guy in del Rey who
> was surprised to see a "woman" working on an engine! We both nearly
> fell asleep holding wrenches in our hands that night. For those who
> know Brie, I expect to have a great blackmail picture once they come in
> . . . highest bidder (other than Brie) gets the pic, I keep the negative
> for future use! She assisted me removing a water pump from backside of
> engine after a morning swim . . . Brie in swim suit laying in a
> compromising position on top of 671 twisting the ratchet while I was
> wedged between hull and dampner with a wrench on bottom end of pump that
> was just barely in reach (crew always seems to be amazed at the small
> spots that I can get my not so small body into. Hmm, maybe we can sell
> it to Detroit Diesel as a calendar pic? Belmonster will surely miss her
> while she attends UC San Diego starting this fall. . . hint for San
> Diego units, she is a true asset to any program (tho it appears that
> Chris K has already captured her).
> I have a feeling that this will be our last trip that centers on
> Catalina only . . . tho we only visit once a year, it is always for a
> week and getting boring even to the crew (I pretty much grew up there as
> a Sea Scout, so even worse for me).
> Nuff for now. . .
> Michael Trouillon
> Albatross - Ventura County Council CA
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