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Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Departing today for New Caledonia.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Passage Weather says light air. Fiji Weather says 25 to 30 knots. Who to believe?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sea trial

Sea trial successful. No vibration. Plan to depart for New Caledonia on Friday.


Reboot is back in the water. She was towed to a slip so that we can start the engine and align everything. Since the fuel system was taken apart to get access to the intercoolers it is a bit more, but no a lot, than turn the key.

Fair winds and following seas ;)

Friday, October 7, 2016

A good day

The engine is in. The shaft is aligned. The prop is back on and the rudder is hanging. Tomorrow morning when it is cool I will put the steering quadrants back on. Then we will be ready to splash and sea trial. Since Monday is a holiday we will do it on Tuesday.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cruisers' Midnight

A standing joke among cruisers, "Cruisers' Midnight" refers to the propensity of cruisers to retire when the sun goes down. Since I am an early riser in have noticed that dawn here in Fiji is also early. The sun starts to light the sky at 5 AM.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

Elevator, elevator, but no shaft

It's Tuesday here in Fiji and still no shaft. It seems that the shaft for the other boat was not machined properly so it went back to be fixed. This moved Reboot's shaft back another day. So XO and I wait and bake.

With respect to the elevator, elevator comment. Back in the dark ages when I was in high school we got a very creative group of cheerleaders. Tired of the old cheers they created a number of new ones of which I remember two: "elevator, elevator we got the shaft" and "repel them, repel them, make them relinquish the ball." There were others I am sure but memory fades. This was in the early 60's and the elevator cheer lasted one game before being banned by the administration.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

When the easy is hard

It was time to download new maps for my Garmin chart plotter. I learned early in my offshore cruising to postpone buying maps until I needed them. I found that there would be a new version by the time I got into the coverage area.

This should not have been a problem. And in a more connected location it would not have been. First, I had to find someone with a USB to SD card reader. One of my former crew had taken mine with him when he left. "Not a problem", he said. "Buy a new one and send me the bill." After an $80 cab ride I discovered that there were none to be found. Next step, find a cruiser to borrow one. Mission accomplished. Now do the download - 2.5 gb. Use the marina WiFi. No dice. It kept dropping. Unfortunately Garmin (who otherwise I think highly of) does not packetize their downloads. You need to get it all in one shot. Next step. Pay $33 to the alternate provider for 3 gb of downloads. After 3 or 4 tries and about 5 hours I finally got the maps. Then it blew up one more time downloading software updates for my gear. Since I had about 3 copies of the updates I was not concerned that I did not get them. But would the charts work? Did I need to start another 2 hour download? Fortunately no, the charts had downloaded intact. One more item off the checklist.

Fair winds and following seas :)