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                                                                                                                                    By Tom Gebhardt      

Aloha Members

 Our Sunday brunch on July 19th had 35 people in attendance and we were busy putting the final touches on our welcome party plans. The “Coxless Crew Pacific Row” showed up in the afternoon that day greeted by many well wishers with many cruisers greeting the small pink boat at our Aloha Dock.

 Coxless Crew

The four girl team was ecstatic to be ashore after 67 days at sea. They were a pleasure to meet. Their enthusiasm was exciting.  We wish them luck as they continue on to Samoa and hopefully on to Australia. Vice Commodore Steve Dixon was on the job and had the media, support team and greeted them at sea aboard “Lanakila”.  He was a special ambassador for the rowing crew…well done!


August is here and Transpac is becoming a memory. The Cruising and Voyaging Society was active during Transpac hosting two boats this year. We had parties on Sunday July 26th with a “Extreme H20” and their 10 crew arriving at first light early Sunday morning. We had a nice party soon followed by “Sleeper” with her 9 crew aboard coming in later that afternoon. Fortunately they beat the Sunset as the harbor would have been shut down due high surf. We hosted both boats with a big group of Cruisers in attendance with their supplies of food and drinks. Well done to all those who pitched in and got it done, it made the trip much sweeter for all the boaters who made

Extreme H2O

the trip. Both vessels gave us their sincere thanks to all of us. Extra special well done to Jim Byxbee who was escorting boats in with his vessel “Point Given”. Kawika Warren did the same on Monte’s boat “Hoochie Mama”,  and  Sohan went out with Al Bento on “Cracker Jack”.


A special thanks again for all those who contributed to the pineapples for the Transpac Okole Maluna Party. It was a full house event on Thursday and the pineapples were the centerpieces inside the club. When the call went out for a hundred pineapples we got it done. Another win for the Cruising and Voyaging Society

Our next meeting is set for Tuesday Aug 4th with speaker Chris Lalatin telling us about trip through the Bahamas and Florida.  All interested people are welcome to attend. 6:30 p.m. lower galley. Next Sunday brunch is August 16th starting 9:30 a.m. the next cruise could be the north or west shores of Oahu mid August.




Marybeth Purvis

Aloha Cruiser


You may have noticed a new by-line name so let me introduce myself.  My husband, James, and I have recently returned to the sailing scene.  We purchased our  Hunter 54 sloop 3 years ago and were fortunate enough to have been assigned a slip at the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor last year.  It was a natural fit that we also join the best yacht club on the island, the Hawaii Yacht Club of course.  We were then invited to a Sunday brunch at the club hosted by Tom and Eder Gebhardt of CVS.  To make a long story short, Eder and Tom asked me if I would be willing to write the monthly article for the CVS Bulletin.  With my previous newsletter experience at the Bahrain Yacht Club (many moons ago) and my real estate publication, I said yes and that I would like to give it a try.  I know I have big shoes to fill.  Cyndi has done a terrific job in the past.  With her busy schedule now, it was time to pass the torch.  Mahalo, Cyndi, for your contribution and time.   I look forward to meeting all of you and hope you will share your cruising experiences with me so I can pass them along to the group.  With that said, it’s time to get down to business….

            The April 7th presentation and potluck was well attended and informative.  Irwin Layne and Jay Preston shared their 13-year adventure cruising and living in Mexico with a beautiful slide show.  They never expected to spend that much time in Mexico, but as Jay told us sometimes life happens because of boat repairs.  Unfortunately, their vessel was beached in a hurricane necessitating extensive repairs.  Layne and Jay were subsequently immersed in the Mexican culture and were able to experience the many “boat friendly” ports in the Sea of Cortez.  Alice Woods from Canada was welcomed back after her 18-month around the world voyage--Amazing!  Thanks to all members who brought potluck dinner and dessert for all to share.  James Purvis had fun celebrating his birthday with great friendship and food.

Three vessels went cruising this month to Maui, Molokai and Lanai:  Captains Leon, Alchemi, Jeff Naus, Moonshadow, and Sherwood Brixey, Mokulani.  If you have any favorite destinations to share, please contact Tom so we can go out as a group. 

            The monthly Sunday brunch was well attended on April 19th.  Please join us the third Sunday of each month for good company and food from the Galley of the Sea Restaurant.

             To top off the month, the CVS celebrated its 9th Anniversary on Sunday, April 26th.  Congratulations to Jim Byxbee, who was honored with the Cruiser of the Year award, and to Jeff Naus for the Doc and Dorothie Tanner Award for cruising in 2012 to Tahiti and back!  Again, the potluck dinner brought by members was a huge success. The terrific music of Joy and Company serenaded us throughout the evening.

            Memorial Day weekend May 23-25 is coming up soon.  How about a trip to either Molokai or Makua?  If interested, please come to the Skipper’s Meeting on May 20th, 6:30 p.m., upstairs bar at HYC. 

            Until next time, may you have fair winds and smooth cruising!



 Tom, John Cruz & Ivy

Congratulations to our new cruisers: John Cruz and Ivy of Ruby Slippers,
on winning HYC's  "Doc & Dottie Tanner Award" this year.
 They recently made a round trip to Tahiti.


                   Cruising Society Welcomes New Members
   by Cindy Scheopner

Sunday Brunch

A beautiful November Sunday greeted members of the Cruising and Voyaging Society as they welcomed several new members at brunch. Scheduled for the third week of each month, the threat of a visit from Hurricane Ana had put a damper on October’s gathering. The stories behind pictures of surfing sail boats and the weekend Waikiki boat grounding were exchanged, along with recent trips and even a little Hawaii history. Several of the new members have already volunteered, some helping to prepare fresh fruit packets that were sold during Seafest on November 1 at HYC.


Chris Laletin

The general membership meeting on November 4 heard part two of Chris Laletin’s boating adventure. Last February, he described what he calls the realization of a dream – his purchase of a Condor 40 trimaran, JAZ. He found the boat online and had been keeping an eye on it for nearly a year before the price suddenly became very right. He flew to Massachusetts  to finalize the purchase and move it to a secure mooring. A few months later, he and his wife, Margaret, began the journey down the eastern coast of the US.  When she returned to Hawaii, Chris continued with other crew members as far as the Sassafras River before Tropical Storm Karen caught up with them. JAZ wintered at Georgetown Yacht Basin.  This month’s conclusion of the story was the rest of the voyage down the Intracoastal Waterway.  Chris shared the tips he learned for navigating this passage, no longer maintained in places, with a boat that is 28 feet wide.  Some CVS members were familiar with east coast boating and his path, which created a lively discussion.

Information-sharing is one of the perks of participating in the Cruising and Voyaging Society. Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly membership meeting and brunch.


1.  Richard  Denton and Al Anderson at CVS fresh fruit booth during SEAFEST.
2.  CVS welcomes new members at Sunday brunch




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Videos of interest

Ode to the Credit Card Captains

  Dave Cooper's Video   (audio)



                           Cruising Society Videos

    Lanakila, Steve Dixon
  Looking Back 2009 (Sound)
      Looking Back, 2006-2008  (sound)
     Moonshadow III , Return from Maui     (sound) 
       Makua Bay: Peter Knudsen (Sound)
       "Tanya", Christmas Boat Parade 2010


Members' Forum

  If you have an opinion to express, need help or just some information from our membership base, submit it by E-mail for publication.  Your contribution must be pertinent to the group and short, 500 words more or less.  We reserve the right to edit but will not change the context of your submittal.                                         < hyc4cruisers@hawaii.rr.com >      

 Sailors go cruising for two reasons:

(1) after completing the last chores on a seemingly endless list in preparation for a passage, to finally leave the enclosed and protected harbor and reach the wide open seas.

(2) after having been out for a few weeks, to finally leave the wide open seas and reach an enclosed and protected harbor ......

Sailors, regardless of their religious beliefs, learn to pray, sooner or later .....

 Tik  (Erwin Spitzer)   


"Something about sailing a boat brings so many senses and sensations into play
that it's very difficult to pinpoint what it is specifically that makes me like it so much:
the sight of sails and sheets overhanging the water; the foam and spray flying
as the bow cuts the water; the motion of the boat; the physical and mental ballet
necessary to handle the boat correctly.  A sailboat might just be the most beautiful,
sensuous and intelligent blend of man/machine/and elements that exists in the world today.
The relationship between the three is the most harmonious I have experienced so far.
Besides you can have a sandwich and cold beer while you do it.

  Contributed by: Scott Gilbert, RN, MPH 


                           Rafting Guideline
                                                           By Mike Salomon


Good seamanship suggests that rafting boats together is not a good idea.  But it can be done in the safest manner with the cooperation of skippers and crews and an eye on the weather.  If there is any threat of unfavorable weather the raft should be broken up before nightfall, or never started.  The captains must decide for themselves whether it is safe to join a raft.  All rafting procedures assume a crew of at least three.  If you are single handing, or even just short handed, you may wish to anchor out rather than to risk it.

The safety of an anchorage depends on weather, big anchors and lots of scope (at least 7:1).  Many protected anchorages in Hawaii are relatively small and 7:1, or preferably 10:1, scope may be hard to maintain without “hogging” the anchorage as you swing with the wind.  A crowded anchorage requires fore and aft anchors to limit the space needed for each boat’s safety. Then there is only one more step in building a raft-up.  In the case of an overcrowded anchorage, the raft-up may become the safer alternative, given good weather conditions.

All raft-ups should be approached basically the same way.  Ask permission to raft-up, and do as the receiving boat directs.  If you have other ideas, discuss them, but the final decision is up to the receiving boat.  Any damage done to the receiving boat is the responsibility of the arriving boat.  Approach under power (never under sail), slowly and carefully.  Have lines and anchors ready, fenders out, and crew standing by to fend off.  Take notice of any over-hangs such as fishing poles and ladders. Approach parallel, then stand off 5 or so feet and toss over lines to be pulled in.  Adjust the yachts for spreader clearance to protect them against wakes or waves. This procedure assumes that you will lay an anchor out using a dinghy and that you have mostly nylon rode.

If you have chain rode, approach parallel 15 to 20 feet off.  Pull forward and drop your anchor.  Then power back slowly until you are in position.  Set your anchor, heave lines to the receiving boat and pull together.  If you are setting a stern anchor continue to fall back to double the needed scope and drop your stern anchor.  Then pull forward into position for heaving lines.  

Check your anchor rode several times during your stay to ensure that you are sharing the load of the raft.  If your chain is straight up and down, or your line is slack all the time, you may need to adjust your rode.  Conversely, if your rode is taut all the time, you may need to slack off.  Keep in mind that it’s the cumulative holding power of all the anchors that keeps the raft safe.  

To retrieve your anchors when leaving, fall back to the downwind anchor to retrieve it first and then pull forward to retrieve the upwind anchor.  If the wind has shifted and is pressing you towards the raft you may have to be patient and wait for the others to leave.

                                 Raft-up Configurations

There are four basic raft-up configurations; “bow to bow”, “stern to bow” and the circle raft.  Anchoring separately and pulling together is the fourth and safest configuration..

                                                           Bow to Bow (three to five boats)

Make sure you have spreader clearance!  The largest boat, with its biggest anchor out with 7:1 scope, should be in the center.  The outside boats should put anchors out at 45 to 60 degrees.  Stern anchors must be deployed to keep the raft from turning and fouling the anchors.  If you don’t use a stern anchor the raft should break apart at night.  The number of anchors to be deployed depends on the weather.

                                                 Bow to Stern (three to five boats)

Same as Bow to Bow except that boats alternate directions. This configuration can be done with only bow anchors deployed.  This method may require you to drop a stern anchor as you fall down wind.  Then drop the bow anchor and pull back into position to heave lines. If you have good reverse rudder action you may be able to power your stern into position to windward. Get there early and you can be the bow-to-the-wind boat.  

                                                  Circle Raft (lots of boats)

The circle raft-up looks spectacular and is very functional socially but it is extremely difficult to achieve.  This form of raft-up requires both calm weather and calm water, and a sense of humor.  The raft starts with one boat and a LARGE anchor.  Several powered dinghies are used to push the yachts together and set anchors.  The raft continues to build by 
"fanning" the bows out until a "C" is formed, adding anchors as needed.  When the "C" is well defined the ends are drawn
together to complete the circle.  

                                                   Anchoring independently

All boats anchor fore and aft and then pull together to form a raft.  At night they separate.  This is the simplest and safest method of rafting.

Note:   Large groups can form smaller rafts and then pull together into a “super” raft-up.  At night they can separate and return to their smaller and safer rafts.

                                                                               Rafting Etiquette

If you join a raft, an implied Welcome Mat is extended to the rest of the fleet to come and visit you.  At the same time you should be respectful of the privacy of the boats next to you.  Music should not be turned up for all to hear without the permission of adjacent boats.  Consideration should be given to those who may retire at a “normal” time.

Unless invited below, the salon is considered private.  Not looking into ports or hatches is common courtesy.

Board other boats where convenient, but cross each boat over the bow unless given permission to cross through the cockpit.  Step lightly, and don’t stress equipment not intended as a foot step or handrail.  Be careful of varnished wood!  Make sure you do not track sand from the beach on to the boat.

Rafting leads to sharing and most sharing involves food and drink.  If you spill or drop either, clean it up and let the skipper know.  Fragile glass containers and red wine are not welcome on some boats, so ask before you bring them onboard.  Other points to remember are:

  Never take a dinghy without permission.

  Never use another boat’s head without permission.

  Don’t smoke on other boats without permission.

  Don’t bring your pet onto other boats without permission.

· Do use cloth covers on your fenders to reduce squeaking of rubber on fiberglass.  

If you join a raft you should be able to shut down all engines and generators.  Others want to keep their hatches and portholes open and no one wants to listen to a noisy engine all day and night.  If you must run your engine or generator excessively, anchor out and dinghy over.  You will not lose friends that way.

Departing a raft-up

If you are going to leave a raft-up early, try to be on the outside of the raft.  Make plans the night before and ensure you have enough crew on both boats for a smooth departure.  Warm up your engine well in advance.  Departing a raft under sail can only be done with careful planning.  Remember that no procedure, no matter how far in advance it is agreed to, can replace the common sense of the moment.

Skippers Choice

 It is every captain’s decision to raft or not.  The skipper is making that choice based on what he or she considers prudent and must be respected for that.  If the skipper wishes to anchor apart and dinghy over…that’s great!

Rafting is a good way to have a convenient social gathering on boats.  A good dinghy and an adequate boarding ladder are almost as convenient and a lot safer.  On a personal note, as a skipper, I am anxious in a raft-up, but would join one for social purposes.  I would never, ever, depend on another boat’s anchor and will not raft up unless I can deploy my own anchors.



Scott Gilbert's Haulout

After a week of sanding, painting, prop and shaft work, along with some thru-hull valve changes, I can honestly say that it wasn't ALL THAT BAD, now that I am back in the water again!!  Having some (paid) help is a tremendous benefit when you hire the experts and professionals in their specialty.

Symphoon, a 30ft fiberglass sloop, has been in my possession for two years.  She has been on the water for almost 30 years.  Someday I suppose I will have to hand her off to someone else to care for.  In the meantime it is my responsibility to make those quality improvements that make a good old boat even better.

Hauled out at Keehi Marine Center in the middle of the last big storm December 11th.  So, you recall that rain and wind??  There were white caps in a sea state 4 in my slip at La Mariana the morning of the haul out!

Since this was really my first solo haul out, with a lot of work to be done in a short time, I called in some experts to speed up the process.  But I still did the work every day!!

Here is the summary of my work and costs:

Bottom scrub: in water prior to haul $38 Fantastic clean - up helps a lot 

       (Les Vasconcellos  955-3512)

Haul out and in:  $330  No scratches or problems.   Set up boat in nice location with electricity and water avail.    ( KMC 845-6465)

Power wash:       $95  really did a great job of old paint and other debris removal !

Lay-days: First day free then $63 per lay-day  (I spent a week on the hard) $378

Sanding prep of the bottom by the Keehi Marine Center yard crew $220.

Three coats of "Hempel's Olympic HI-7660 Blue"  at $135/gal  (2.5gals used) 

      (POP  537-2905)   I rolled paint over the course of the week due to rain, with last coat on the water line 6 hours prior to the 3pm splash down.

Cutless bearing:  Pull/replace prop/shaft and cutless bearing.

(Non-metal bearing 25mm x 40mm x 100mm)

        (Shawn Koop  -  office at Ala Wai  and great to work with !!)

Thru-Hull Valves replacement:  Removed and replaced all four of the ball-valves on engine inlet, sink drain and head inlet and outlet.  Small boat but very old valves.  I used  two bronze and two are stainless.  Hope they last a long time.  about $175.   Boat in the yard also (from Maui) was a BIG Beneteau with 18 thru-hulls !!

Also new hoses on several of those valves.

Sand, Prep Prime, Fill and Spray the freeboard nose to stern!  Awlgrip Oyster White - 5 coats!   The signage in a boat yard should read "We Work from Sunrise to Sunset - No Rest Allowed"   In 3 and 1/2 days we had a finished product.   PDF did an outstanding job coordinating and tenting the boat.  With an end of the year 20% sale price I could not resist.  Call Katie Merrill or Jim for any help you may need.  Their whole team was wonderful and worked very hard to meet my needs and schedule.

Get that sale price before the end of December !  847-1900.

Tiller and Rudder:  Great time to check out the play in the tiller or rudder and get new bolts or bearings.   I only needed the bolts (metric).

           (Hawaii Nut and Bolt  on Ahua St.  834-1919) 

What's left:

New cove stripe, new non-skid on deck (did I mention that I have spent the past 2 months stripping and repainting the deck?),  new holding tank for head,  new vinyl letters and state registration sticker,  rebed and remount all deck fittings and winches,  put the wind-vane back on the stern and the swim ladder on the rail.   And  learn to sail again as the whole process has taken more than 4 months !  I did not do any rigging work as I can do that in the water.

I think I have done the boat a very big service in protecting it from the harsh Hawaii sun and UV exposure.  Hope I don't have to do it again in the next decade !!

Scott Gilbert

Symphoon - 30 ft Doug Peterson design sloop

La Mariana Sailing Club

(...and waiting for a downtown slip)

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain

"It is not the innovative practice itself that makes the difference, rather the ability of leaders to enable and foster the creation of those practices that makes the difference" (Quinn, 2000).