Fiji – Land of 1,000 hazards

9 Sept:We left Savusavu yesterday morning on the way to Taveuni. That is, until we snagged a semi-submerged bottle and rope. This gave us great pause. We dropped the anchor (in the middle of the mooring field.) The next step was to avoid hitting any of the moored boats. At least not hard! We ended up next to Doug on Mango. A few lines and a few fenders and we were safe. Of course our anchor chain was wrapped around Mango s mooring line. Using the stern steps on Mango Al dove down and cleared the line. We motored out of the harbor only to pick up a lot of engine vibration. Since there are no repair facilitates in Savusavu we decided to skip Taveuni and head for Nadi where there are travel lifts etc.[Aside]For some beautiful pictures of Tavunei see Elizabeth s blog at http://etheislandenthusiast.com. We will miss standing on the 180th meridian.[/Aside]Watching the boats heading east as they rammed into the 5 foot waves, motors churning maybe we didn t miss so much.But you ask: “Why the
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