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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Another drag

Woke up this morning to discover we had dragged again. Fortunately there is one mooring ball in the harbor and it was empty. We are now tied up to it. That is nice since our need for a full time anchor watch is diminished. This "ball" is sized for a commercial ship, about 10 feet in diameter. We think it will hold Reboot.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pago Pago - American Samoa

We have been here in Pago Pago for several days. Since the night of the wind storm with all the boats dragging we have kept an anchor watch on board pretty much all of the time. With four off us it has not been much of a problem, two on shore and two on board. There is really not all that much to see on shore. Most of our trips are shopping or provisioning.

Last night Al and I went to Tisa's Barefoot Bar. It is the Trip Advisor
#1 restaurant on the island. With the exception of one other table we were the only diners. This has been my experience in the Pacific, most places seem very empty. Perhaps the economy continues to reduce tourism. We had prawns and an outstanding filet of yellow fin tuna.

At lunch we went to Emilio's. It was OK. I think it is #3.

Btw, to give you some idea McDonalds is the #9 best restaurant according to Trip Advisor.

Today there have been occasional showers. The forecast for the next few days is more of the same.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

There is always one

So the people on boat yyy showed back up. They got sorted. Then they came over and anchored right next to us. We told them that we would swing into them. They said no, its all right. Then they left their boat again.

The rain and wind have come back. Both sides of Reboot are adorned with fenders.

There is always one in evey group.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What a drag

The cruising guides caution that the holding in Pago Pago harbor is not very good. After a day and a half of heavy rain we were hit by strong gusty winds to about 30 knots. The result is that about 7 boats dragged. (We did not really get a chance to drag as we raised anchor and ran away! The advantage of not single handing. Of course standing on the bow in heavy rain is not the most fun. We reset away from the action.)

Just when we thought it was over we got a call on the radio. "Reboot, xxx is dragging and they have fouled yyy's anchor. They are dragging them across the mooring field. Can you hop in your dinghy and help out?" The dinghy is half full of rain water and the outboard doesn't like to run in the wet until it has warmed up but off Matt and I go to the scene of the crime. Someone had run a line between yyy and xxx so xxx was dragging both boats up to the very large and occupied mooring buoy. We got xxx tied to the buoy, rafted it up to the previous occupant and checked on yyy. With no one on board but the anchor down and a line daisy chained to the mooring ball we decided to leave well enough alone. (It will be interesting when the owners return as their boat has moved about 600 yards!)

Back to Reboot. We are sitting in the cockpit watching when we hear another radio call. "I am dragging and my engine will not shift into gear." Fortunately several other boats responded so we are still on Reboot monitoring the situation.

What a drag!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Rain Rain

As those who have been following know we have been having more than our share of maintenance issues. Joy of joys the bilge pump works. The problem was a broken hose. Thus the pump was pumping from the bilge to the bilge.

Good thing we found it as we have had several inches of rain all day. Some of it always finds itS way to the bilge. The backup pump works fine, but it will be nice to have them both functional again. Then of course there is the manual pump.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Maintenance hell

What a day. This morning one of the crew was pumping the toilet into the holding tank. Pop. The holding tank fitting came loose and the tank emptied into the bilge. Hours of disassembly, cleaning, discovering additional problems (e.g. the mascerator pump has failed.) We don't know where to buy parts in American Samoa. It is Sunday so there is nothing open and no one to ask.

With the entire pullman berth area open we decided to address the shower sump pump. We got it working after cleaning it but it is no longer strong enough to prime itself. Another part to find.

We noticed that the bilge pump was running. Since we had been dumping salt water into the bilge to clean it this was not surprising. Until we realized that no water was coming out of the pump!

What a day.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Transit - Bora Bora to Pago Pago

The second or third worst transit in my experience with Reboot. Not really dangerous, just frustrating. Left Bora Bora with a good weather window for the 1100 nm transit. We actually traveled 1375 nm to avoid motu, islands, and running away from bad weather. Not to mention being becalmed for a couple of days. Ah, the cruising life.

Fair winds and following sea😇

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

After 2 days of bad weather including 40 knot winds we have pretty skies
and moderate waves. 138 nm to Amer Samoa.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Via Inmarsat:

Traveling from Bora Bora to Pago Pago. 371 nm of 1100 to go. A nice
sunrise.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Winlink Registration

Can someone explain to my what is going on. I opened my RMS Express and was told I now have to pay money to register my callsign. What happened to cruisers helping crusiers?