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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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The starter motor

What is left of the brush assembly of the starter motor. There were originally 4 brush assemblies. Two were totally destroyed, the remaining two are ripped off the mount.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sailing Yacht Morning Dove Lost

Morning Dove
I heard this morning that the Sailing Yacht Morning Dove (Bruce and Diana Moroney) was lost 200 miles (15 18 South 146 42 West near Arutua Atoll) from the Marquesas Islands. The boat was lost but all 4 POB on board were rescued. The original Mayday call was received by the Maritime Mobile Service Net. They were only able to get the longitude of the vessel. Subsequently Morning Dove activated their EPIRB and PLB. MMRC Papeete responded and they were all given the "vertical elevator." My information was that they were also on the roll call of the Pacific Seafairer's Net.

They were part of the Pacific Puddle Jump rally. (Note, there is another Morning Dove with 7 POB currently 200 miles off the Yucatan. That boat is not (to our knowledge) in trouble.)

Our wishes go out to them It is also a reminder of just how lucky Reboot and crew were making it to Hive-Oa after our problem with our rigging.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It never rains but it pours

This morning we moved Reboot from its previous location at the far side of the anchorage (I am never happy unless the nearest boat is 100 yards away very close in to the dinghy dock in preparation for installing the new rigging tomorrow. The engine started without a problem and we motored over and set anchor. After a few minutes we all agreed that we didn't like the spot so we started the engine a second time and headed to a new spot. We dropped again. As the chain settled down we were a little closer than we prefered to a trimaran. So we went to haul the anchor and move again. Turned the switch. NOTHING!

Long story short the third time we tried to start the starter motor self destructed. The rotor decided to eat all of the brushes. At the moment we are without the ability to sail, and without the ability to motor. For those of you who intend to take the Captain's exam is is called "not under command."

Our hope is we can get the starter motor parts from Papeete and reinstall the motor (see rule "7" in the pages to your right") so that it will not delay us further.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Its here!

Looking a bit worse for wear. We peeked and there is rigging in the boxes! Every three our four days it is rain day. Of course it is raining like mad.
Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Captain Roger's Rules of Sailing

(Collected during my 38 day passage from the Panama Canal to Hiva-Oa, Marquesas, French Polynesia - Society Islands with Mike Keohane and Davyd Cohen)

1. Reboot (my sailboat, insert you boat name here) is always trying to kill us.

2. Every line, sheet, halyard and hose will snag at every opportunity.

3. The wind is always too much, too little, or from the wrong direction.

4. Never try to improve anything you need to get to your destination. You may break it instead.

5. The waves will always be highest and on the beam when you are trying to cook.

6. Things will stop working for no apparent reason. They will start working again for no apparent reason. These failures are impossible to debug.

7. Things break. The broken component will be inaccessible without dismantling most of the boat.

7a. (corollary) The tools you need will be equally inaccessible without emptying all the lockers.

8. The worst day sailing is better than the best day in the dirt world.

Fair winds and following seas (especially when cooking)  :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pacific Puddle Jump

Boats have started to arrive here that are participating in the Pacific Puddle Jump. Started 21 years ago by Latitude 38 Magazine this annual rally brings together boats that are crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Cruise Ship Day

Today Nuku-Hiva was visited by the Holland American Lines cruise ship Westerdam. It was, with a potential for 1900 visitors, a big day. Since early in the morning everyone has been preparing for the visitors. Since there is not cruise ship dock the ships  have to anchor out. They use their life boat to ferry people into the dock. Each life boat carries 150 people. Apparently there were 1900 guests on board. It was quite the day on shore. The lifeboats bring about 130 people at a time. They all get off, are greeted by drums and ladies singing welcome songs. Then they come out on the landing looking confused. Mike had a great time speaking English with a French accent when they asked him questions. People complimented him on his command of English!

There are about15 cruise ships that make the trip each year. They represent an important opportunity for the local people to earn revenue. Everyone was out showing their products and the restaurants were doing a booming business. Nice day for the friends we have made here.

Fair winds and following seas :)