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boat improvement & maintenance

last days of french polynesia

September – October 2014 Upon Wil’s return to Tahiti, our days following were a whirlwind of activity.  The day he returned, we spent one last night in “Carrefour Bay” near Marina Taina, where we shared drinks out with s/v Liward and s/v Macha.  This would be the last time to see our dear friends, Steve … Continue reading »

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huahine ~ kids, kids, kids!

July 17 – 31, 2014 ~ Baie d’Avea After an incredible morning with the voyaging canoes, we hoisted anchor and headed to Baie d’Avea at the southwestern end of Huahine.  Baie d’Avea had been our first destination of choice for Huahine.  Now, two weeks later, we were finally dropping the hook in this remote anchorage.  … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ haul-out & maintenance, the good & the bad

February 11 – March 14, 2014 Other than the brief beaching in Opua for the thru-hull repair, it had been nearly two years since our last haul-out.  Along with a small handful of maintenance jobs, the ole gal was in need of some bottom paint, and  it was also high time to give her steel … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ thru-hull sprung!

December 6 – 10, 2013 For the very first time, after a year and a half of cruising, we left the boat alone at anchor and departed town for the entire day.  Of course, this would be when a case of Murphy’s Law would have to occur, and a major problem would demand immediate attention . . … Continue reading »

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tonga ~ lost a rudder!

September 27 – October 20, 2013 I was in the galley.  Wil motioned for me to follow him into the cockpit and down the port transom.  He grabbed me by the shoulders and turned me toward the starboard transom.  I saw it instantly.  Beneath the starboard transom there was nothing but clear blue water and … Continue reading »

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raiatea ~ sail repair

August 6, 2013   After a brief overnight sail from Moorea, it was early morning as we neared the the Teavapiti Pass at Raiatea.  We were still about 2 miles offshore when Wil decided to check if we had an internet signal.  I don’t know what possessed him to do that, but low and behold he … Continue reading »

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marquesas to tuamotus

June 21 – 25, 2013 Before every offshore passage, we go up the mast to check all halyards, rigging, and attachment points, as well as look for anything that might be wrong.  A few days before our departure from Ua Pou, I hauled Wil to the top.  We’d been hearing a strange clanking sound develop … Continue reading »

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pacific crossing mishaps

April 23 – May 13, 2013 Day 2:  The clew to the mainsail tore apart from its attachment to the boom.  Fortunately, Wil happened to notice the separation in the webbing before the foot of the main came totally loose.  We put a reef in the main, and continued to sail while we made repairs.  … Continue reading »

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family time

[Note:  There are many more photos to come, but they will have to wait until our next internet connection] December 25 – 30, 2012 Christmas Day                       After awakening to presents under the tree, and a special Christmas breakfast of homemade cinnamon buns (made by What If), … Continue reading »

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spanish wells

December 1 – 3, 2012 Royal Island turned into just a brief overnight stop on our way to Spanish Wells. We were hoping for some fun snorkeling in the small, protected harbor, but the strong northeasterly winds had really disturbed the water’s clarity. Therefore, we quickly sailed on to Spanish Wells at St. George’s Cay … Continue reading »

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