A second most pleasant day on the hook

Good evening, the sun is currently doing its departure behind the hills of Santa Cruz Island, the wind is calm which makes the sea surface glassy; however, the swell rolling in from the south does not make it smooth. There’s a fairly good 3 foot swell still running in to the beach not far behind Beetle. There are 8 boats in the anchorage tonight and we’re all aligned with the current that sweeps around the island, currently we’re mostly pointing south.

The boats that are here are the folks that don’t have to be back on the mainland (or within internet/cell coverage!) tonight – it’s quiet, anchor lights are sprouting, barbecues are going and folks are making up dinner. I’m working on more of last night’s chicken as that’s how you get it at the super market, five chicken half-breasts wrapped up on a styrofoam plate. Good thing chicken is tasty.

Last night there was an interesting series of BOOMS around 4AM – I’m wondering if the Navy was out shelling something rather distant in a live-fire exercise. It’s also possible the local rocky beach was barking with the swell striking the rocks, as the booms were very low frequency and somewhat rhythmic (spelling? I don’t have a dictionary on board), maybe it was the swell landing on the rocks that was making the booms. Either way it was something I hadn’t heard here before.

The VHF radio has been remarkably quiet today, though I do set it on Local (rather than DX) mode and turn the squelch well up when at anchor. I’d like to hear things that are happening right here as I might be able to do something to help out, I’m not that interested in stuff happening 20 miles away if I can avoid it as there’s no way I could get there in time to be useful.

Looking forward to another quiet night at anchor, then am planning to go out 4 miles to the south to deeper water and see if I can make miniature compressed cups. A friend that ran submarines for Woods Hole had made some amazing miniature cups that came out close to the size of shot glasses – what he did was place a packet of styrofoam coffee cups in the outside collection basket and leave them in place for the dive. His cups said, “Greetings from 2000 feet”, which was the dive depth he was on. The styrofoam compresses and effectively shrinks linearly and the foam is strong enough to retain the compressed shape upon surfacing while turning rather hard and brittle. I’m going to try lowering my cups down to 1500′ as that’s about the limit of my fishing line on the big Penn 9/0 reel. I suspect the difficult part will be pulling the cups back to the surface – we’ll find out.

Enjoy the evening.

– rob/beetle

2 responses to “A second most pleasant day on the hook

  1. Should be a most interesting experiment.


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  2. Phil & Deb Perfitt

    Hi Rob! It’s great you are still roving around in Tiger Beetle. Debi & I were having a discussion with some other sailors during sun-downers and the topic of the Maramu winds came up. Naturally we related our experience anchored next to you in Fakarava waiting for the wind to veer around while bouncing up and down on the lee shore of a coral reef! So I took to google and found your blog, and your post showed you were out on the hook! Good on ya!
    Debi & I are in New Zealand, having put up Coastal Drifter on the hard in Tonga, we arrived for a campervan holiday about 6 weeks before we locked down and all the borders closed due to covid-19. We’re 18 months here now since we can’t get back to Tonga (only Nationals can enter), and going back to Canada seemed too risky both enroute and in country. We are boat sitting a cruising yacht for a fellow Canuck, Bill Bourlet. He went back to Vancouver and we care for his Island Packet in a marina here. He sent too much equipment out, including sails, so we aren’t cruising. BUT, we have visited and camped in New Zealand from Stewart Island in the south, to Cape Reinga in the north. So we are seeing much more of NZ than we had hoped a year ago.
    Hope you are well and safe from covid by dint of vaccination, and working from home (or afloat!).


    Phil & Debi Perfitt

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