Just got back from Palau where I spent 4 days getting ready to haulout. Measured all the thru hulls, got an apartment to stay in, bought a share in an old cool diesel van, and lined up some helpers. Soon we will have the boat out on the hard – meaning on the ground with some construction jackstands holding the boat upright. Hmm. Im gonna make a model of that to make sure I understand how it will work. While there I cut out the sawhorses which took an amazing amount of wood. 4 18′ 2×4 s for just 5 saw horses. Since we need 7 more I have more cutting to do when I get back down to Palau next week. We’ll also be removing the mast on this trip and building a new mast base and repainting it. Replacing all the seacocks and thruhulls as well.
Of course a trip that is all work is no fun so I took two mornings to go exploring in the dinghy. First I took an hour jaunt south to Ngeruktabel where I tried to find the “milky way”. A bay with ultra fine sand or marl that people have fun splashing around in. Instead I found the kayak zone which is a mile long shallow mangrove kayak run, which is really nice and the tide was just high enough for the dinghy to transit with the motor tilted up. On my way in I was able to surf some waves in the dingy, and on the way back I had to be careful transiting the surf zone as the dingy was almost getting airborne and with an onshore wind it was at risk of flipping over. Lesson learned. dont let the dinghy get airborne into the wind! Unfortunately I forgot my camera that day, but I did bring the handheld VHF, ELT and cell phone as it was a long journey with part of it in the open ocean. It turned out many tour operators were passing me anyway, so it wasnt as remote as I expected. Theres also a beach there from the survivor show which has nice picnic tables and a bathroom.
A few days later I went to German Lighthouse, which is on the same island. An awesome trail leads up the rock island jungle to an old German lighthouse about 100 years old that has been turned into a cell phone tower. Along the way you see crabs, snakes, cool birds and tons of WWII Japanese guns, shells and old structures. The trail starts in a remote pristine bay and at the top you can climb the old lighthouse/cell tower. Its really cool. Check out the pictures.