Stonewolf Pacific Story -- post on a S22 off-shore

Subject: Re: Santana 22From: Stonewolf
Date: 1998/03/16Message-ID:

I rebuilt a Santana 22, including broken rudder and mast on Guam and
sailed it thousands of miles in the Northern Marianas and Guam waters.
I had more adventures on that small boat than I did on a host of
larger boats I have sailed all over the Western Pacific (north and
south). I went through a typhoon at sea with her and numerous rough
water events.  I even used her to carry cargo to the inhabitants of
Alamagan (6 people)and Agrighan (15 people) after the converted
fishing boat that serviced them was lost at sea. We loaded until water
started coming in the cockpit drains and then set sail from Saipan. On
our return runs, I carried betel nut, dried fish and glass balls. (I
found 135 on one beach.) She drove like an old Toyota truck and could
take much more than I could stand. Many times when things got too
rough and too tired sailing solo,I have offered my fate to the powers
that be at sea and tied a sheet around my waist and went to sleep. I
always woke up alive and afloat.  Good enough for me.  A couple years
after selling her, she got hammered by a typhoon and she now sits at
the bottom of the lagoon near Cocos Island on Guam.—Stonewolf