One year ago to the day since leaving the factory in Zhuhai, China in a cool breeze on the Pearl River, now on January 21, 2012, we prepared in the dark for the dawn arrival of Laysan in Honolulu. VHF radio contact with John and Naomi was reassuring as they held offshore overnight waiting for first light to make the approach to Ala Wai harbor and our slip at the Waikiki Yacht Club. Our daughter Julia paddled out in the kayak to share the water with Laysan, to hear the rumble of the engine, and give the first wave of the homecoming. Connor positioned his deck chair on the finger dock to give them the signal, while simultaneously munching a donut. Kathleen and I watched the channel with our friend Stefan, and as the sun rose, the unmistakeable profile of a Seahorse Diesel Duck 462 Sedan trundled into Honolulu with John and Naomi waving from the flybridge. Incredible.
Tied up and shut down, the impassable gulf of one foot of water lay between us as we waited for the official formalities of Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine to finish. Quickly enough the kind officials were done and we rejoiced together in the end of our delivery across the Pacific.
One year to the day, 6000 miles across the South China Sea, Philippine Sea, and Pacific Ocean, all done with aplomb and grace, in a boat built by Bill and Stella, and dreamed by Kathleen and I. Thank you one and all.
And now starts the age of Laysan in Honolulu.