Jan 02, 2011
May 09, 2011
Where I stayed
After refueling and another narrow miss as we move off the refueling station (under tow) our Skipper settles the maintenance bill and we are ready to leave Port. Excited for the adventures that lie ahead of us. As it is already 2pm we only motor a few hours north. It is pleasing to the leave behind the container ships of Subic Bay and find an unspoilt landscape appearing before us. Resembling very much the central hills of California our motor to the north is pleasant and satisfying. The ocean calls!
Finally, we are able to leave Subic Bay. The faulty raw water gasket is fixed and we are ready to leave the marina. Not before some drama. With boats even a 'simple' task can have consequences. With no engine but needing to refuel whilst it is high tide (our draw of 1.8 meters is too much for the refueling area at anything but high tide) we are to be towed to the Diesel station. However, at 50ft ours is not a small or light vessel. As the wind catches our Beam the little boat that could now cannot. With insufficient power we drag our tow boat back towards the marina. Dropping the anchor we await a more powerful boat, which subsequently brings us into the dock ‘hot’. After breaking a dock cleat and narrowly missing an innocent yacht we make the Diesel station b but without an engine moving about is no easy feat!