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necessary changes ~ Full Monty is for sale

The time has come for us to say goodbye to Full Monty. After 9 years with her, it is time to let her continue on her journey in the hands of someone new. Life has thrown new challenges at us, and it will be quite a few years before we can return to cruising. Therefore, … Continue reading »

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huahine to tahiti ~ bad news received

August 28 – September 5, 2014                                 The morning had started out as a beautiful morning. We finally had a good wind for our departure from Huahine. Our s/v Liward friends were also taking advantage of the wind for their … Continue reading »

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huahine ~ the Hōkūleʻa

July 16 – 17, 2014 We had not planned to stay in Fare for the first 14 days that we did, but in addition to all of the Heiva festivities, we learned that the Hōkūle’a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe whose crew only navigates by the stars and the waves, was expected to arrive soon. The … Continue reading »

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huahine ~ heiva in fare

July 3 – 17, 2014 The overnight sail from Tahiti to Huahine was a good sail and completely uneventful. As the sun rose, so did the view of Huahine on the horizon. Due to our expiring visas the year before, we had to skip a visit to Huahine, and we were making up for it … Continue reading »

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temporary interlude

  “In order to be a Navigator, you have to be fierce” ~ Mau Piailug Throughout our time in the Pacific, we have crossed paths with the Hokule’a and the many people involved with her. She has managed to intertwine herself into our lives, and has become a fascination and a love. Watch “The Talk … 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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new zealand ~ let me shake your hand

November 18, 2013 Even though we were completely and utterly exhausted from our challenging 10 days at sea, our friends on Pacific Flyer convinced us to go for free rum punch and nibbles at the All Points Rally tent that evening. Usually, once we’ve made landfall after a long passage, we try to power through … Continue reading »

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explanation of position reporting problem

Over recent weeks, it has come to our attention that our position has disappeared from the map. Several of our good friends and readers have become concerned as to our whereabouts and our well-being. Rest assured, we are still on the globe and all doing quite well. Every time we are sailing on a major … 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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bora bora to maupiti ~ humpback whales

August 22, 2013 Similar to the atolls of the Tuamotus, entrance through Maupiti’s only pass must be timed correctly with respect to weather, swell, and tidal current. This long and narrow pass can be completely inaccessible at certain times of the year, especially if the swell is southerly. If any south or southwest swell is … Continue reading »

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