Pia is a sailboat. Read about her story (and her amazing owner) here. We met both of them one night in Port Townsend, or I should say, we met both of them one windy night in Port Townsend.
Earlier that day my friends and I left Lake Washington in Seattle aboard a 26' Thunderbird sailboat. We were crew on the sailboat, delivering and racing her over Labor Day weekend in Port Townsend. The day started out like this -
The winds were steady and, although they were against us, didn't seem to slow us down that much...at first. As we headed north in the Admiralty Inlet we started to notice that we weren't making that good of time as the waves picked up a bit.
As we got closer and closer to our destination, it became apparent that we probably wouldn't make it by night fall. We could see the town in the distance but had to battle the wind and wave after wave on our bow, our little outboard doing the best she could.
Luckily we were on the south side of the town, 'protected' in Port Townsend Bay. Imagine what was going on in the Strait (of Juan de Fuca) just around the corner! The picture and video above is the last footage I took before we eventually made it safely into the marina, where we still had to battle the wind to dock our little T-bird.
That night we awoke to the sounds of the lift - we had heard that some folks had rescued a sailboat that had sent a mayday call earlier in the evening, around the time we were coming over. It turns out the boat had been punctured on a nearby island and was taking on major water. The word was they were trying to reach Port Townsend from the other side, they had engine trouble, couldn't sail, and got blown up against some rocks. The Coast Guard had also been called in to rescue some boaters in a different boat (a powerboat) who had capsized in the very same waters.
We eventually went back to sleep and awoke the next morning to lighter winds and a busy marina as the T-birds & crew prepared for a day of racing.
The sailboat that had gotten rescued was Pia. We walked over to the yard to find Pia and see the damage.
We said hi to the owner, who introduced himself as 'Mench'. He told us the story, how he was a boat builder and had brought Pia back to life. He thought he had lost her last night. He vowed to bring her back to life yet again (read about that amazing story here). It's an amazing little tale of dedication and perseverance, we were equally sorry it had happened and blessed that we could be connected in a little way to such a story. Good luck Aho'i!
~Paul, Josh ETC
Well, the last part of our propane fix saga turned out to be replacing the regulator. In the pic above the regulator is the silver thingy, the brackets, and the meter/actual regulator on top. It also came with the black 'pigtail' hose coming out the top, heading towards our propane tank (to the left in the picture).
We had already replaced the solenoid - the black box below the regulator with the wires coming out of it - completely taken the Force 10 stove apart, and temporarily adjusted the propane locker drain...read about that journey here and here.
We actually just needed a new pigtail hose, we found it was leaking (by using soapy water - the leaking propane made bubbles on the hose just behind the brass fitting). But as you can see in the pic below, I couldn't get her off.
I had read that it is a good idea to replace the regulator every 10 years or so, look at the bottom left corner of the picture above to see some corrosion, so I thought what the heck. The new hose looked a lot better (below), but when I first tried her out propane was spraying everywhere, because apparently I hadn't tightened the little nut behind the big nut. Tighten both nuts - it doesn't mention it in the directions that come with the new part.
I put a little teflon tape on the new connection between the solenoid and the bottom of the regulator.
Finally, the brackets that came with the new regulator were of a different size than the ones I had so I just unscrewed the new ones from the new regulator and used the old ones so I wouldn't have to make new holes (I filled the screw holes with a little 4200 so propane wouldn't leak through them in the future...holy crap, I'm a little handy!
Last weekend it was so nice (55 degrees with light wind) that we decided to take Kingsley out for a spin. We stopped over at the fuel dock for the first time to top off our diesel tank for the winter, they say this prevents condensation in the fuel tank and thus water in the fuel line. We thought we were getting low, less than half a tank, but it turns out we were actually just above half a tank. $46 and we were out of there.
After quickly crossing the shipping lanes, and that huge guy pictured above, we sailed close to Bainbridge Island and Port Madison before returning home.
~Paul, Amber, Kali ETC
Here's a quick video of catching that tanker wake...
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