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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

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Maeva beach anchorage in Papette, Tahiti is a famous waiting ground for those FEDEX deliveries of boat parts....
Probably this^^

Or possibly find a local place in Tahiti that can service it. Or send it back to the U.S. to rebuild.

I need to grab my multimeter and do some testing. Worse case scenario I get the backup setup ressurected and get to NZ with that and fix the LA100 there.
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

Papeete seemed a pretty useful place to get things fixed. It is the big regional centre for ship maintenance so I imagine you could find electronics people. Also getting parts shipped there should not be too difficult, especially from France. If the budget allows it, the marina there was quite nice and not very expensive. There is the largest hypermarche (mega supermarket) within walking distance and you can get downtown conveniently on the bus. From downtown you could walk (there must be buses too) to the industrial area with all the marine services.

Very pricey place for most things. The McDs near the marina has free wifi and cheap ice cream. In the evenings (was it weekends only) several food trucks set up shop in the public square downtown. Their food is quite good and not too expensive (by Tahiti standards)
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

This has become a very informative thread. Thanks for kicking in fellas (who do). Seriously.
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

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Probably this^^

Or possibly find a local place in Tahiti that can service it. Or send it back to the U.S. to rebuild.

I need to grab my multimeter and do some testing. Worse case scenario I get the backup setup ressurected and get to NZ with that and fix the LA100 there.
If you can determine the problem and need to order parts, get it done now online, so you can enjoy the next 2 months or so in the marquesas and tuamotus....I

If you don't want to hurry to see FETE in Tahti, Fakarava in the Tuamotus has a good festival. Had a nice dance with Miss Fakarava during one of the festival nights. Do the drift dive in the Fakarava pass, unbelievable!
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

Sooner or later you will run out of stores. Besides for that, those guys were NOT having fun. They bobbed around in crap weather waiting for it to get better and it got worse. A *cruise* should not involve pushing the boat to 100%, but you should be able to make a seamanlike voyage from A to B in a decent amount of time. There is a point where you go from conserving your crew and boat to being undone by any adverse conditions.

EDIT: If they had a drogue device they could have turned north and made New York, Block Island, or Newport pretty quickly. It would have been a great sail for them.
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Why?

If the getting to the destination is the reason for the cruise, then the cruise may seem like work.

But if the destination is just an excuse or justification for the cruise, what difference does it make whether or not you actually get there?
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

The point I'm trying to make is that if you are not concerned about getting to a specific destination and not bound by a schedule, then it is easier to avoid those conditions.



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Sooner or later you will run out of stores. Besides for that, those guys were NOT having fun. They bobbed around in crap weather waiting for it to get better and it got worse. A *cruise* should not involve pushing the boat to 100%, but you should be able to make a seamanlike voyage from A to B in a decent amount of time. There is a point where you go from conserving your crew and boat to being undone by any adverse conditions.

EDIT: If they had a drogue device they could have turned north and made New York, Block Island, or Newport pretty quickly. It would have been a great sail for them.
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Smack Daddy said it all. I brought my boat from Cayman Islands to Port Aransas last July. There were only two of us. The person I bought the boat from was 76 but very capable and I was able to learn a lot about the boat even though I had owned it for 16 months before the passage.

I don't want to bore you all, with a long tale but the boat was in great shape when I left. (I thought) However we lost the wind and had to turn to the iron Genoa. I lost both manifolds within a couple of hours of each other and was 830 miles from the closest US point in Louisiana with no help in site. [I had done an engine test, 2 hours and various RPM's before leaving]
Thank God I have a ranch that has lots of equipment to repair and an old Polish mechanic taught me how to weld with a number of materials including aluminum and baking soda. I "patched" both manifolds with diet coke cans and baking soda, and made it to Port Aransas only two days over my schedule. Two hundred miles from the coast the auto pilot brushes crapped out. I was able to rebuild it but it only would work for three or fours hours at a time and then needed a rest. So no matter how good of shape you think your boat is in plan for the worst. Make sure you have some skills besides sailing. Because although it was exhilarating, it was very hard work.

All I can say is in the gulf with Mexican pilots on the barges=no watches on the barges and abandoned oil rigs= never leave your watch. Let me say it again, never leave your watch.

I actually never shared this crossing because I did not want the "Sailnet Cruel Treatment" that you all sometime share with each other.

Also remember what your family/friends goes through when we follow our dreams. My boyfriend thought I was nuts and I have not heard the last of it from him. FYI he hates the boat, which one do you think will be around in a year :-)
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Re: Multi-Day Offshores: The Elephant In The Salon

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I actually never shared this crossing because I did not want the "Sailnet Cruel Treatment" that you all sometime share with each other.
Hey come on, we are all about sunsets, hugs and butterflies here.

Just don't sail with sushi chefs, kids or by yourself, don't overshare on your blog, enter a rally or suggest European boats are faster and sexier than American ones and you will be fine

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Also remember what your family/friends goes through when we follow our dreams. My boyfriend thought I was nuts and I have not heard the last of it from him. FYI he hates the boat, which one do you think will be around in a year :-)
Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like one hell of a passage. He will come around. I hope future adventures are less eventful!
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