Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: Off to Indonesia
Thought I had replied to this but it did not get posted it appears. We are now in Alor, Indonesia after two passages. First one to Kupang (think end of Bligh's famous small boat journey) was 470 miles and took 3 days and 4 hours - all downwind after the first 12 hours or so. Could not have been more relaxing or easier. The second one to Alor was about 135 miles and 31 hours which does not sound too bad but it was all a bit of PITA with the wind and currents shifting pretty much all the time. To top it off we had an impeller failure about 7 miles from the anchorage. There was about 4 knots of wind and we had about 2 knots of tidal current but that was going to change when the tide shifted within the next hour or so (if the tidal station was accurate). Also the engine was hot and changing an impeller on a Westerbeke 55 is not as easy as it might be (damned fiddly actually). Anyway we got a tow from a French boat that was passing - an advantage of a rally in a restricted area like this and got the impeller changed once anchored. It was an odd failure. All of the rubber vanes on the impeller were fine but the rubber part had separated from the metal sleeve inside so it was a catastrophic failure - went from working to not at one time. Not had that experience before.
One thing about cruising (or travelling) in a Moslem country, although this part of Indonesia has a large Christian population, is having the call to prayers 5 times each day (earliest is around 4 am). I don't know if they are recorded or someone is actually doing the chants live, but in Kupang they were very pleasant and relaxing. The person doing them had a very nice tenor voice. Last night in Alor there were three of them going (3 mosques) and they were quite unpleasant. Poor PA systems jacked up too high and the voices were not very good and the interactions nasty.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.