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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Underway

We have ben underway for several days from Nuku-Hiva. The winds have been very light and midday it has been very hot. With the cap shrouds and the forestay not yet replaced we have been babying the rig. This has been frustrating as some days we have only made 59 NM. But as Davyd always reminds us: Err on the side of caution.

We have gotten much better at light air sailing. In only 8 or 9 knots of wind we are able to get Reboot up to 4 knots SOG. Not bad.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Winklink for the Society Islabnds

Currently there is a "black hole" of Winlink coverage for boats cruising in the Central Pacific. This is both a safety and convenience concern. It is frequently difficult for boats to connect to the Winlink network and download weather information and email.

I have created a "Kickstarter" project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1041824013/winlink-for-the-society-islands. The purpose is to raise the necessary funds to build a Winlink station on Nuju-Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia. This will greatly expand the Winlink coverage area..

Please take a look at the link and if possible support our effort. I would also appreciate reposting this message in as many marine oriented web sites as possible.

Fair winds and following seas :)


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Planned Departure Nuku-Hiva

The rig is on. Fuel is full. We will put the sails back on this afternoon. After a long, frustrating, fun stay it is time to go. We will be off Rangiroa tomorrow morning if all works out.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The New Backstay

We rigged a two running backstays, took down the backstay and brought it to shore. We measured, installed the last insulator connector, and headed back out to  Reboot. The new backstay is on. Mike Keohane did all the climbing today. Fortunately he works for beer!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Morning Dove Story from the skipper

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It Runs!

It turns out that another boat in the anchorage had a spare starter motor that was a perfect fit for the Yanmar. We are back in the engine business - 10 days before we expected to have a new starter motor. Yea1

Reduction of stress

It has been about 6 weeks since we lost the lower shrouds on the way to the Marquesas. First the 12 days of getting to a safe port. Then the knowledge we were making no progress in Hiva-Oa. The trip to Nuka-Hiva arriving to find that our temporary fix had almost failed. Days of swapping blueprints and photographs while negotiating with the riggers in the US. Then having the two boxes of rigging get separated on their trip to Nuka-Hiva. All of that I dealt with pretty much OK. What drove me crazy was the sound of the temporary shrouds stretching and loosening as Reboot rocked in the anchorage. Tonight is the first night that I will be able to sleep without listening and imagining the mast is going to come down any minute.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The lowers are on

The waves in the anchorage are averaging 18 to 24 inches on the beam. This means that Reboot is rocking about 20 degrees each side, or through a 40 degree arc. Nevertheless, we did get the new lowers installed. All of the creeking of the lines getting tight and slack have gone away.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Very high tide

It is a very high tide. The water is coming up the boat ramps and 30 feet on shore

The Lower Shroud Erector Set