Blessing of the Waiopai

Blessing of the Waiopai

After six long months of dry dock, the Waiopai is back in the water, sleeping every night at her home, dock B-12 in the Honokohau harbor of the Big Island of Hawaii.
The full repower took a little longer than planned. Due to the distance and the unique location of Hawaii, we had lots of idle days, waiting for parts to arrive from the mainland.
Legendary diesel mechanic “Diesel Dan” and Scott Davidson were in charge of the big project. They started by removing the old Mann diesel engines and transmissions.
Once the old engines were removed the engine room was completely cleaned, scrubed, and painted. All the insulation was replaced, miles of old wires were cleared. When the new QSC Cummins engines with their matching ZF transmissions arrived, the hard work started.
The new engines are almost half the size of the Mann’s, and at least 2000 pounds lighter, they use about half the fuel than the old ones did, they are cleaner burning, and have more horse power!!
Due to their smaller size, the old 2 1/2 inch shafts could not be reused, so new ones had to be ordered, all the way from back east!
Tony Athens from Seabord Marine told us we also needed new propellers to achieve the perfect match and fuel efficiency. So, new ones were ordered! Beautiful 4 blades propellers, CNC machined out of one solid block of metal.
We also replaced the generator, with a brand new Northern Lights generator.
New LED lights were installed on the bridge and the deck.
The new autopilot is a pleasure to use, it works in conjunction with the Garmin touch screen GPS. And next to it, we installed a matching fish finder, with dual transponders with Chirp technology.
A new carpet was installed, and a fresh coat of paint on the deck and bridge, just a few days before the party that we had, to bless and celebrate the return of the Waiopai.
Aunty Tutu Lindsey, performed a beautiful Hawaiian blessing ceremony on Friday, December 18th, 2015. A few friends and family gathered under the shades of the B dock coconut trees. A great lunch provided by Chef Matt Losasso was enjoyed by all. Several tenderloin back straps of Axis deer from Maui, flown in for the occasion, was the most talked item on the menu.
My brother in law, Peter Baldwin, with his fiancé, Susan Fletcher, flew in to participate in the blessing. Peter spent countless summers aboard the original Waiopai, cruising the same waters that now, the “new” Waiopai, is fishing.
It meant a lot to have him there, and to hear him share a few stories of him and Manduke, his father, and his sister, Katie, my wife, and Ben, his brother.
A big thank you to everybody that was involved in this project. It took a lot of good people to get her back in the water, a lot of hard work.
We are now officially open for business!! Come and see what a beautiful girl she is. She is better than ever.
Give Captain Kai Hoover a call at 808-960 7341 to book your charter now!
Aloha and tight lines!!