“CRUISERS HELPING CRUISERS”

Sitting on a dock or being in an anchorage the answer is pretty simple. Volunteer to help the boats around you. But what can you do if you are a dirt bound wannabe? (No offense intended, we were all there once and most of us will end up there again.) If you have spare time and ambition the answer is to be an information source. Adopt a cruiser or twoI was very fortunate that when I started full time cruising 10 years ago I made friends with 3 extraordinary people via the Maritime Mobile Service Net (http://mmsn.org) They have followed me and supported me for ten years and still do (with the exception of one we lost to cancer.) With a special mention of Bill Sturridge. What do they do?1. Receive my sailing plan and make sure I get to my destination. 2. Coordinate with International rescue authorities when necessary – like when I lost my lowers 1200 nautical miles from land in the Pacific Ocean. Yes, we saved Reboot.3. Send me “heads up” information on weather and destinations.4. Conta
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Uber

Uber is a great service for world cruisers. Not only is it cheaper than cabs but the drivers have a lot of local knowledge. When public transit doesn t go where I want or takes too much time I Uber. I was surprised to find out from my driver the other day that they don t know the destination when they accept the ride. It is not disclosed until you are in the car. So no turning down rides that they don t want. Interesting. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Kitty Litter

Cruisers soon learn that things you take for granted at the grocery store aren t available worldwide. Who would have known that one of those things is kitty litter? Who would also have guessed that the latest and greatest kitty litter (crystals) would come in cardboard boxes? Not good for sailors, cardboard harbors cockroach eggs and absorbs moisture. And kitty litter is heavy; a pain to carry large amounts back to Reboot. None the less we are stocking up for oir coastal transit to Cairns.****Fair winds and following seas:)
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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 🙂
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Theft

Last night about midnight one of the cruisers here at Pape ete Marina had his bag snatched as he was walking back from the bathroom. It and the office are outside the gated area of the docks. Much to his surprise his calls for help were immediately answered by the police. Within 10 minutes they had arrested the thieves. Of course he then had to spend 2 hours filling out reports. The good news is that although they had dumped the bag they had kept his iPhone. Lucky.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Saturday


Last night we (Mike, David and I) went to the cruisers Friday night gathering. Some nights it is sparsely attended, last night we were a big group. As we were heading home the heavens opened and it began to rain. After about a half hour there was a break on the rain and we headed back to Reboot. About 1 AM I was awakened by the sound of canvas slapping. The sun cover for the cockpit had ripped loose and was banging. I went out to fix it, within 2 minutes I was drenched. In the dawn light we saw that the harbor water was brown and full of grass and tree branches. The dinghy had a foot of water!I went in to shore in the morning. I met Kevin Ellis at Yacht Services Nuku-Hiva. Kevin has been kind enough to let me hook up my gaming computer and do the large game update downloads. Since Huku-Hiva is a small island there is not a heck if a lot to do. I have compensated by helping Kevin with various small projects. Today we went up to the wood shop he used to own and built bookshelves and a n
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