Saturday, April 9, 2011

To the top...

Well, not really the top...but at least to a great viewpoint! We hiked with La Familia - Anne, Kleng, Liva and Edgar - to a great view point this afternoon. Fabulous views.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

More Passage Planning

We've had a program called Virtual Passage Planner for ages. Since Mexico.
And I've played with it. But I missed some very important features. So I
didn't find it very interesting, and we haven't been using it. But, Eric
mentioned over cocktails that this program will also optimize a suggested
route, based on time of year, and historical weather averages. All of a
sudden this program looks a lot more interesting.

So this morning, we booted her up and took a look at possible passages home.
Pretty cool tool. But still we wondered about it's accuracy. So we tested
the program with our previous two passages, from Mexico to the Galapagos,
and from Galapagos to the Marquesas. It turns out that it was bang-on for
each trip. It estimated 25 days for the trip to the Galapagos - we took 26 -
and an estimate of 24 days for the trip to the Marquesas - we took 23.

Of course, if you know John, you'll giggle when I tell you that this was too
little info too late!

Well...the wind is we're off to try windsurfing on the other side of
the island. Wish us luck!!


We had success windsurfing today. I managed to get a short planing tack, before being catapulted over the top of the mast. John got in a few planing tacks. This time at least, I was able to return to the boat, and John didn't have to row out to rescue me. But, I'm still having a tough time on this board (88l), in the gusty winds. DWD would have been having the time of his life! But, it sure was great to be out in the water again!!

Since we were already on the east side of the island, we tied up to the dock at Utaroa to fill the fuel tanks, and to do another big grocery shop. This is the last time we'll be seeing well-stocked grocery stores, or hardware stores, for a while, so we're filling up. We expect to be self-sufficient for at two-three months, until we reach American Samoa. John is ready. I'm a bit reluctant. It is lovely here. But we have not stayed in one place so long since Mexico! So, I expect we'll be on our way next week.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Chart-plotting Heaven

Yep...that is where we are. In chart plotting heaven. Before leaving home, I downloaded a new open-source charting program (OpenCPN), and I was able to install it today on our navigation computer. The fabulous part is it is compatible with a variety of electronic chart file types, so we have chart coverage for most of the world. I've managed to get it up and running, link it to our GPS receiver, and we're happily playing with a variety of different route options. Very cool.

Monday, April 4, 2011


Well. If you speak french, you know that Allez means GO. And if you speak
tahitian, you'd know that Nana is Goodbye.

Last year, when people here said Allez to us, we kinda thought they were
telling us to go. Good bye. Good riddance. We were a bit taken aback.

But, I'm happy to report that it is also a friendly way of saying goodbye.
More and more, we've noticed people say to us "Allez, nana". By our very
astute cultural intuition, we figure that they can't all hate it
must be friendly!!

(Even more proof that our translaters are welcome to arrive at any time).


After an evening of cocktails aboard Lady Meg, with Australia 31, we all came up with a number of possible culprits for our outboard problems. Before breakfast the next morning, John had her running again.

Mark, you were right, that guy can fix anything!!

So, once again, we can get to shore, and to visit other boats. We still can't idle, and we're a one-speed show, but for now, we're happy with that.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

If it ain't broke....

Well, Lil Ev (our outboard motor for the dinghy) has been running a bit rough - in fact, it has one Well, as fast as a 1970's 4 hp engine can go. So not really any trouble for us...except upon approach to a crowded concrete dock, or a fellow cruiser's really nice and shiny boat. So...John decided to investigate.

Now. We have no speeds. No spark. Nada. Nothing.

Here's a pic of the work in progress. On our steering pedestal.