Yea, Yer comment sounded a bit enstranged, near threat i took it. Though am new to forums and the to-the-point comments one must make to get a clear message across, I may have been vague on my comment. I did not mean to imply I would be "packin" nor did i mean "packin" is the only alternative to defend/prepare oneself in the case of being victimized. My point was whether we pack, carry a kat, leave brownies, build bomb shelters in our bilges, sleep in our crows nest with one eye open -the methods we practice should be confidential therefore leaving 'the element of surprise' for the intruder. "Mum's the word" here. I am however enjoying yer ramping on the subject, and am quite entertained. Yer thread is stirring the pot here on the site, which the site needed, i was gettin stuff done on my house cause i was bored here. Just wish the comments were easier to track rather than goin through ever page to find the latest.
Steve, Im cool with a readd to freind list. Please feel free to bring back to yer myspace page (we're I too abandoned ye). I know I've had to offend alot more with with my context, so I need to learn to not take things so personal i reckon.
read lats and atrts and latitude 38 and cruising world and sail magazine--look in archives for the piracy articles and articles about the robbing of the teams involved in th e baja 1000......is alll true and is all documentable and documented. some folks have been doing this for many years....have fun and dont be paranoid about piracy/robbery on high seas.
You ride a bike yet talk as if you are risk-averse when it comes to sailing d8^)
Cruising is the logical progression from motorcycling - even more freedom but more comfortable (Mostly). Lots of old bikers out there cruising.
Laura and I had both crossed the Pacific as crew on other boats both together and separately before this last trip in our own boat. Nothing scary out there. Bad weather just is. You learn to deal with it. Just don't set off on a world cruise in a boat designed for cocktails at the marina.
Just got an estimate from Keehi marina... not going to Oahu! Will be going to Gentry's soon and see what I'll need to haul out there. Bring those beautiful babes along and you can go sailing with me anytime!!
BTW- That half moon area is Molokini Crater and is a nature preserve. Google has some nice picts.
Our boat is an Albin Vega 27. Read all about it at the web site, http://americanvega.org. I've owned it for 18 years and lived aboard the whole time. The only reason to have a bigger boat is so you can store more stuff. We find it just the right size for us. Just like motorcycles; some people like 250s, some need a 1500.
My wife, Laura, and I are both avid motorcyclists, she is into sport bikes and used to race 600 class, I've owned a dozen Harley's plus probably one each of everything else over the years from dirt bikes to full dressers. Got my first bike in 1965..
I just signed up for Sea Knots so I'm new at this. Thanks for your suggestions.
Aloha Kakou. We left Hawaii a year ago and sailed up here intending to cruise the Puget Sound area for the summer then head south for Mexico and the South Pacific. ( see http://americanvega.org/cruisinginlealea.html). Instead, we will be spending a year up here before we head South again.
Looks like we have some mutual friends. I was the Kawasaki (And Harley) District Manager in Hawaii until I retired last April. Surprising how many bikers get into boats. Like Bob Bitchin for example.
I think that is an old volcano next to Maui- just the top part of the caldera sticking up out of the water. My friend use to dive there years ago. He said it is really deep and straight down. That may be why no boats- too deep to anchor and delicate coral where you might be able to anchor. I'll check in to it and let you know what I find!
Am planning a haulout in Kona or Honolulu maybe in the fall- if I'm in Kona will let you know and we can have a couple brews on deck in the yard!!