Barrabas injured by a Cutless


July 18 and Adrian had to report a potentially show stopping problem. In preparation for approaching the Aleutian Islands, where fast currents run between the Islands, he decided to start his diesel and engage the propeller to make sure that everything was functional before he faced an emergency where he would need engine power. Almost immediately he realized that there was a problem with noise and vibration indicating a cutless bearing fault. The question first was – where to dock? He could find a port South of the Aleutians, take a chance on passing them under sail, then either head for a Russian or an Alaskan port.

Back to Sea


At last, Barrabas fully repaired and restored, it was time for Adrian to bid farewell to his new friends and return to sea. At 13:30 hrs on Wednesday May 17, Adrian slipped his mornings at the Waikiki Yacht Club and headed back to sea. It was with mixed fellings, leaving behind a group of people who had helped him greatly and freely given of their time and hospitality. Ahead were many more challenges and uncertainties and a return to the routine of the lone sailor, re-establishing the raport between sailor and boat.

Wash and Brush-up

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While the topsides and accomodation was cleaned up as each groupd of tasks was completed, Adrian was offered a complete underwater clean up. A local diver cleaned off the underwater growth to give Barrabas an extra half knot. This apparently small increase in speed could make the difference between success and failure. Having the work carried out by a diver saved days of delay lifting barrabas out of the water for a full scrape.