Today we fueled Laysan. Filling the car up at the gas station is a different experience than fueling a 50 foot steel trawler with 1400 gallons of diesel fuel. The procedure required all hands on board, including help from Ray and Richie. We pulled away from the dock for our 10:00 am appointment. As an aside the departure was a success, a point of pride for newbies whose every docking is an adventure in physics. However our excitement over our marina exit was quickly followed by the challenge of docking against a concrete fueling dock that seems taller than Laysan. But no worries, John is becoming a pro (with just a few well placed suggestions from Ray). Two hours later, we have traversed the maze of officials, signed multiple receipts, and secured our duty free fuel.
Unfortunately during our short shakedown cruise, John realizes that our Maretron weather station is not working. We call Blaine, the electronics tech expert, for a diagnosis. As you can see from the photo below, Blaine has to go to great heights to see his patient. Unfortunately for us, the prognosis is grim; the last typhoon through about two weeks ago has filled the Maretron receivers with water. After several calls, we are hopeful that we can replace the unit by Wednesday. An unfortunate two day delay, but one that gives us more time to check our remaining systems, change the engine oil, and make a trip to Olangapo for fried bananas. A dinner at Vascos raises our spirits and we look forward to our meeting with the customs officials tomorrow, a next step in clearing out of Subic.