No place like home -or- Tango floats again

11 Jun

We discovered from the customs house that we could go aboard the AAL Dalian and prepare Tango, no rules on what chores we could do or limits time. Getting a gleam in our eyes, we thought of four or five boat chores (like changing sail drive oil, replacing failing transducer, etc.) that we’ve been saving up for a haul-out. Scheduled to be in the water at 3:30 pm, we figured we have plenty of morning for chores. We threw on chore clothes around 9:30 am and headed down to Ogden Point.

Arriving at the security gate, we realized that either Tango had been moved, was missing, or had magically become invisible. Turns out that the crane was right there, so the crew decided to put her in early (either that or they wanted to hide the horrid hull damage under water…we hope that’s joking). Chore gleam quickly died, but oh, well. Tango is FLOATING again!

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Where’s Tango?

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Peering down from the AAL Dalian’s deck – all appears to be well on the mast

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A few of Tango’s travel buddies

After we met the crew (those poor folks…guess this was the worst voyage ever between storm weather and main engine issues), checked out the deck, and inspected the mast we had to walk two miles back into town to catch the pre-arranged water shuttle to turn around and drop us off at Tango (alongside the Dalian but 20 feet down). Almost felt like swimming the 30 or so feet rather than walk to the shuttle. Anyway, sorry to digress.We finally made it aboard! Let me say that one again…we finally got aboard! Looking around, everything appeared perfect (not clean, but exactly as we had left it). Not a book or trinket out of place (with little girls afloat we have lots of crafts and trinkets).

Feeling buoyed by this first examination, a deeper look revealed no apparent structural issues. No scratches, leaks, bows in the fiberglass, and not even as much dirt as we expected. Nice crew, they gave all the boats a good fresh water rinse before discharging. Not even a scratch or ding on the solar panels (we’d debated taking them down but decided to leave them).

The final question (at least for today)…would the engines start? Port engine started and primed itself right away…sweet. Starboard sounded like it had a rundown battery (kind of odd that the battery discharged since it’s dedicated to that engine only), but after a ten minutes or so the port engine charged it up enough and it roared to life. It magically primed itself too! Starboard engine can be the fussy one and has needed to be manually primed after being out of the water. Robin even cleared a path through all the stashed debris to get down to it and manually prime. Probably why there was no need…but hey, we’re not going to complain!

We motored our maiden Pacific voyage a whole mile to dock, where we’ve spent the rest of the day refitting Tango for sailing life once again. More days of that still…but we are done for today.

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Tango made it! Not sail worthy yet (you need sails up for that), but we are making progress.

Oh, and for a cool girl share…they saw their first seal last night. Pure joy. 🙂

5 Responses to “No place like home -or- Tango floats again”

  1. haanli June 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Excellent news!

    • four2tango June 12, 2014 at 1:42 am #

      Thank you, Haanli! When you coming out here to sail with us?

  2. Chris June 12, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    Good to hear. The next nail biter is the mouth of the Columbia.

    • four2tango June 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

      Yes, another fun hurdle to conquer!

  3. jackieandnoel June 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    So pleased she made it safely! Well done! Can’t wait to read more.

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