|Pulling apart the old foil with a 3:1 pulley system (Gary in his element)|
|Rigger attaching the new forestay|
|Up the rig|
Time flies when you are having fun. It is hard to believe we've been in the Bay Area for over a week now! As usual, we've had a busy week. We started with the most important job - getting our forestay looked at by a Rigger. Gary and I damaged the foil slightly during our emergency repairs in Astoria, and as expected, the Rigger thought this would cause us grief in the future (e.g. not being able to get the sail down when necessary, etc). In addition to that, he pointed out that while we replaced every other piece of rigging on the boat 2 years ago, our forestay and furler were now the 'weak link' in the system. I guess that is to be expected with a 30 year old piece of equipment. So, we bit the bullet and replaced the forestay and furler. Not in the cruising budget, but what can you do? The best part is that the new forestay has a different type of fitting from the old one and so it will not come apart again!
We then headed up the Napa River to the town of Vallejo. Our plan was to stay at the Municipal marina. We had called the day before and were told that although they were dredging the area around the guest dock, it would be no problem to put us in one of the slips inside the marina. Great, we think, and up the river we go. We called the marina when we arrived and were rather rudely informed that the whole marina was closed to guests because of the dredging! But we talked to you yesterday and were told no problem, we say. "Well you didn't talk to me"... blah blah blah. Anyway, a very firm "no". We then called the other public marina in town - and guess what? They are full. So, now what? My parents are arriving in Vallejo the next day and so we need a place to stay in the area.
|Docked at the Vallejo Yacht Club (Napa River)|
|Here comes the dredger!!|
|A bit to close for comfort...|
Despite the chaos of moving boats etc, we did find time to drive up to Napa and Sonoma for some sightseeing and wine tasting. We stopped at 3 wineries but only tasted at the last one. After 6 rather large tastes of some very nice wine, we decided we didn't need to go to any more vineyards. Gary took a 'shortcut' from the Sonoma valley to the Napa valley and so we got to see some very beautiful countryside (and drive one of those crazy California roads).
|Don, Winnie and Karina in Sausalito (San Fran in the background)|
|The amazing Bay Model|
|Funky houseboats on the shore|
|The Sausalito Cruising Club|
Yesterday we moved from the expensive marina to the very welcoming (and free) Sausalito Cruising Club. They don't have much space on the dock (the club is basically a building on a barge), but we shoe-horned ourselves into a 45 foot space - our friends Rose and Dave on s/v Aussie Rules ended up having to raft to us - thanks!. Getting in to the club required passing over a small "bar" and can only be entered at high tide. Despite there supposedly being enough water under the keel, we scraped through the mud for about 20 feet while on our approach to the dock. As this is the 3rd time we've essentially run aground in the Bay Area (not to mention bottoming out overnight in several marinas), we were pretty relaxed about the whole thing. Our depth gauge had a hissy fit, but the boat itself just trucked through the mud. We are definitely going to have to clean the water filter before we continue on down the coast.
|Front view - Cruising Club|
|Docked at the Sausalito Cruising Club|
And now we wait. We are waiting for our dingy to be repaired (hopefully by Monday), and then we will wait for the next weather window to start moving South. So far the weather isn't looking good...we could be here for a while. But, we have no where to be and all the time in the world to get there. And maybe we'll complete a few more boat projects along the way... like our watermaker, for example....