Archive for February, 2008

Jacob returns to Oregon

This morning Jacob and Doreen got on the van to the airport near San Jose at 03:30AM for the long trip north. First the airport, then thru Phoenix AZ and on to Portland OR. And finally the long drive to Pendleton to meet up with the rest of the family at Grandma and Grandpa Brill’s place.

A few pictures of Jacob enjoying himself at the Costa Rica Yacht Club ….

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Chatting with Grandpa

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Getting ready to jump into the pool

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Hard at work with the DS

Hull work moving along

The work crew got going right away and sanded the old bottom paint off while we were not looking. It took all day for Bill to find the right bank to get the necessary up-front cash to get the work started.

We need to install a new transducer for our new depth sounder (replacing the old transducer and sounder in the process) and removing an even older transducer and sealing the hole in the hull. And we’ll install a new (and somewhat larger) thru-hull for the galley sink drain. And there is the customary checking of all the other things underwater: rudder support bolts, thru-hulls, blisters. The big-ticket item is to pull out the prop shaft and install a new “stuffing box” to replace the old one that Bill has been holding together with duct tape and hose clamps for nearly two years now.

The plan is to have all new barrier coat (if necessary), new primer and new bottom paint on the underwater part of the hull.

Then we’ll have the topside (the hull above the waterline) sanded and some new paint put on. Lanikai should look spiffy!

Some “before” pictures …

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The prop looks to be a mess.

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Some damage at the base of the rudder where we hit a rock at Isla Jicaron (Panama) about 2 years ago.

Lanikai out of the water

Friday afternoon we moved into the estero north of Puntarenas and were guided thru the shallows to the Costa Rica Yacht Club. There are haul-out facilities on one side of the estero and the hotel and restaurant on the Puntarenas sand spit. In the estero between are many buoys and short dock sections to which boats are tied. Lanikai was first tied to one of the short dock sections for a few hours, then just after high tide we moved to the lift area and were pulled out of the water with a travel lift. It took several more hours to get Lanikai settled on the ground and well supported. Jacob, Bill and I then took the panga back to the restaurant side for dinner, after which we returned to a Lanikai for the night, as there was no room in the hotel. Saturday morning we were up early, Bill and Jacob got the boat plugged into a distant electric socket while I gathered up things for a day at the pool. Jacob spent much of Saturday enjoying the pool, even finding some English speaking girls to play with. Bill spent much time with Carlos (the Yacht Club manager), to get repairs started on Lanikai. The hull was actually cleaned on Saturday and we got a hotel room too. Several trips back and forth to the boat and we had enough luggage ashore for a start on filling up the hotel room. Sunday we plan to move the sewing machine to the room where Doreen can make new sail covers for Lanikai while Bill tries to get the prop shaft out and Jacob can spend more time in the pool.

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Jacob’s Visit (Pictures) – Part 3

Here are some pictures of Jacob’s visit with us …

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An interesting, modern, and very large sailing vessel joined us at the anchorage in Bahía Herradura.  We took the dinghy over for a closer look at the Maltese Falcon.

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From Bahía Ballena we walked out to a point, with its large reef area, at low tide so that we could explore the reef.

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We took a bus to the small tourist town of Montezuma and hiked up stream to a waterfall with a great swimming pool at its base.

Jacob’s Visit (Pictures) – Part 2

Here are some pictures of Jacob’s visit with us …

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The jungle has many interesting and different plants: here Jacob checks out a walking palm and a monkey ladder vine.  Bill shows how large some of the buttresses are on the trees here.

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We saw many jungle animals, some thru a telescope that the guide carried. Here we see a sleeping sloth, a howler monkey, an egret, some toucans and a small crocodile.

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We took a canopy tour, sliding thru the trees on wires hung high in the jungle canopy, thru both a secondary forest and a primary forest. Jacob got to “fly” once with the guide when they misplaced his “wheels”.