Rig Noise

Ever since I replaced the standing rigging in Nuku Hiva and Tahiti I have been troubled by noises. I discovered that by lubricating the balls where the stays / shrouds attach to the mast they would twist off any twist I had inadvertently added by tightening the turnbuckles. But I still had a weird halyard slapping noise that sounded like a halyard hitting a shroud. Today my old eyes, the sun, the wind (and a little bit of rain) conspired to show me the problem. The port lazyjack lead is threaded incorrectly. This would be a minor problem if it wasn t 40 feet in the air and Reboot was not in a rolling anchorage. I am adding re-threading to the list of “things that require climbing the mast.” Hopefully I will find someone here in Sydney, Australia soon to tend my safety lines.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

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 🙂

Kudos and Recommendations

I mentioned that the new standing rigging is finally completely installed. Whew! I want to highlight three people/organizations that were a great help and frankly hopefully direct some business to them. They are: Rigging Only – Tom –

Via Inmarsat:

Standing second mid – 2 – 4 am. The sky was clear earlier this evening. Rookie (so named because he is the “new guy”, he is quite an acconplished sailor) took turns with the binoculars enjoying the stars. Cloud cover was 100% when I came back on watch but it is clearing again. Davyd did yoeman s service today on the HF/MF (SSB)radio s antenna tuner. He got into the lazerate (he is the only one that really fits) and cleaned the connections. He also found a loose feed thru insulator and corrected it. Today we checked the battery water. It would not have been a big deal if we had not had to shift half our provisions to get to the batteries. Since 2009 I have been checking into the Maritime Mobile Service Net (Ham radio) on a daily basis when underway. They supported my trips across the Atlantic, in Europe and the Caribbean. Reboot is finally getting out of radio range. We now check in daily with the Pacific Seafaires net (Ham.) Fair winds and following seas 🙂 Please note your reply is l

Via Inmarsat:

I am standing mid-watch. Although overcast the moon is shining through and we can see occasional stars. Reboot is making 6 knots and rocking gently in 3 foot seas. We are under the influnce of the south equatorial current. Last night when we were drifting the bow was pointed east (toward the current) while we drifted with the current (west). Wild. Today I realized that the weather is similar to the Gulf Stream. Perhaps that is because the conditions are similar – a flow of warm water with cooler water on both sides. It only took a week to figure it out. I am so quick! The Boobies continue to ride along. Rookie has wacked them when they land on the solar panel. They have moved to the bow. B. F. Skinner would be proud of them. I can hear their calls as they search for dinner. My watch is over but I am wide awake so I am standing Davyd s watch. The two principal states on a long passage are boredom and exhaustion. Davyd had an exhausting watch early this morning. This is my way of glving