Crossing the line!

At 060810ZOCT2017 Reboot at 00 00.000 N/S 105 00.000 e Appropriate activities and honors made to King Neptune and God Poseidon. (Not my first, already a shellback.) Its fall! Fair winds and following seas 🙂

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 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

The 6,000 Nautical Mile fix

As we were exiting the Panama Canal we noticed that one of the through hulls had started to leak. With a 4,200 nautical mile passage ahead this was not a good thing. The Balboa Yacht Club was such a pit that we didn t really want to tie up for a day or two to find a replacement. Since this was a non-vital fitting; the water inlet for one of the two heads we decided to go for the destructive repair. We filled it with 3M 5200 (“What 5200 has joined together only God can rent asunder) and wrapped some zip ties around it to hold it together. It worked. On fact it worked so well that we made landfall a number of times before we replaced it in Pape ete. We were, it seems, distracted by the rigging problems.Fair winds and following seas:)