MONGO is a cruising yacht again... 3 days after stepping the new rig, MONGO sailed out of Lahaina Harbor, spent the weekend sailing and then rocked up to Hawaii Yacht Club in the Ala Wai Harbor in Honolulu, Oahu. Fully stoked to have the boat back together, sailing again, and getting back on the crusing track. I'll be in Honolulu for a couple of weeks of boat work, wrtiting, day sailing, surfing and hanging with friends and family and then will sail for the island of Kauai with Rebekah; my last stop in the Hawaiian Islands before heading to the South Pacific.


MONGO rocked up to the urban paradise that is Hawaii Yacht Club. Fourth summer in a row i've kicked it here at HYC. Great club, nice facilities, fun social scene, surf near by, West Marine a few miles distant... Fully stoked to be back at HYC and in Honolulu for a couple of weeks.

The Crossing - Maui to Oahu


After day sailing on Saturday with friends, they made their way back to shore while I packed away my kayak and quickly set sail. The breeze looked right and I wanted to make a departure while the day's onshore breeze was still flowing. Sailing upwind on port tack, I made my way northwest until I reached the transition between the land breeze and the trades


Just under two months after dismasting off of a lee shore on the island of Maui, MONGO is back in the game. Rig stepped this morning.

Full update to come soon.




After a lengthy delay in obtaining the mast track that my mainsail will go up and down on, new rig of MONGO is finally ready to step. Paint job is done, hardware is bolted on, halyards are run, shrouds are laced up, wires are run for masthead lights, antenna... it's been a mission to get to this point, but everything is finally ready. Bob-O, Allison and I loaded the rig onto Bob's truck this evening and it will make the brief journey down to the harbor tomorrow morning where we'll step it on MONGO, which will be another mission in and of itsel. I've got a great group of people that will be helping me maneuver MONGO around Lahaina Harbor, load the rig on, move the boat again and then step it using the mast of a 35-foot sailboat. With any luck, i'll be able to step the rig, remove the non-running government-mandated outboard engine off my transom, get MONGO back in cruising mode and head for Oahu this weekend. More to come soon!

Just look at that shiny, tapered masthead... New rig of MONGO should go up in about a week and be a significant upgrade over what was standing orginally. With a very solid spar to start with, thorough prep, a sprayed-on Awl Grip paintjob, lots of custom metal bits, new running and standing rigging and lots of new hardware, this new rig should be a significant upgrade. This project has been a massive investment of time, money and sweat equity, but also a phenomenal time in my life and my little ship will be all the better for it... Maui :)

More than five weeks after dropping the rig on MONGO, Maui is beginning to feel like home. No, my anchor is not rolling off the bow and getting stuck on the reef... I am still well on my way to Australia, but Maui has found a place in my heart and I can foresee myself having long ties to this island. It will be bittersweet to put Maui in MONGO's wake, but that day will soon come. If everything goes according to plan, we should be stepping the new mast in less than a week. Bob-O the marine metal fabricator has been an incredible help to me and a great friend in fixing MONGO. The plan is to step the rig in a week, do about a week of sea-trials, possibly a local race or two and then head to Honolulu before June 1. With access to an actual dock and West Marine nearby, I plan to do a lot of work to the boat in Honolulu. It never stops. This dismasting was a very serious setback and added a lot of "to-do's". By mid-June, I hope to have the boat fully sorted and ready to begin cruising again. With 1 crew aboard... Rebekah and I have been continuing to see each other and i'm very excited to sail to the South Pacific with her! The plan is to head to Kauai for a couple of weeks with her and then leave on June 30, the 10-year anniversary of my injury in Iraq, on passage to either Apia, Samoa or Pago Pago, American Samoa. It's been a good 10 years, stoked to be here. 

My internet connection is extremely slow right now. I'll finish this blog and add the photos and captions in a day or two.



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