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Don & Deb's Big Adventure on Buena Vista
On our way to the South Pacific and beyond...
Warm and Sultry in French Polynesia
05/04/2012, Tahoihae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

We're OK. Just relaxing and enjoying island life here in Nuka Hiva. Sorry I haven't blogged lately. Just being lazy. We got our sail repaired yesterday. A nice group effort. Karen on 'Beau Soleil' did alot of the work with the help of her classic old sewing machine. Rick, a sailmaker from Opua, New Zealand was also on hand with help and advice. There's still problems with this sail however. After inspecting it carefully, it doesn't seem to be holding up as well as it should, being only 20 months old. I'll be in contact with our sailmaker to figure out where to go from here. Our mates on 'Stolen Kiss' who we buddy-boated with in Mexico in 2010 have arrived here today. Since seeing them last at Barra de Navidad, Dec. 26, 2010, they have been to Central America, Panama, and most recently to the Galapagos Islands, and now are anchored next to us once again, here in the South Pacific. The sailing community is so fun to be a part of. There's 20 other boats here from all around the world. So interesting to get to know all the others. Just wish I spoke French!

05/04/2012 | Paul
Yahoo! Way to go guys.

Paul & Judy
SV Grace
05/05/2012 | Carla and Doug
Glad to hear you are relaxing and getting things repaired. Good luck with the sail and enjoy cruising the islands!
05/06/2012 | ian.b
don speaks french
05/06/2012 | Linz and Cath
Finally crawled out of bed Eh !, hopefully fully recovered and ready to go, and Im sure Ive heard Don Speak Swahela would that Help!!
Sail Repair Day - What's That? Oh No!
05/02/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Fixing the big rip was good. But upon closer examination we've got alot more problems with this sail. Damn! It looks like the sail material in certain areas is breaking apart. Where the zig zig stitch hits the sail material at exactly 90 degrees, the material is splitting apart and leaving just the horizontal threads to hold it together. Damn! I can't believe what I'm looking at...but it is confirmed by Rick, the professional in this field. He says to me...Deb, you need a new sail. You're gonna have lots more problems with this one. You need to contact your sailmaker and he should build you a new sail because this one is defective. IT'S ONLY 20 MONTHS OLD! I'm trying not to panic...Karen manages to keep me busy...we put a few more patches on the really bad areas and then we apply sail tape all along the dodgy seams...and it goes all up and down within a few feet of the leach of the sail! We tape and tape until we literally have no more tape. I'm glad I took lots of pictures and I also took a video which shows the extent of the problem. I'll be sending all this to our sailmaker back in the states. He is a very reputable businessman and has been building sails for many years. Hopefully he'll live up to his good reputation now and build us a new sail to take us the rest of the way to New Zealand and Australia.

Sail Repair Day - Yippee!
05/02/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Thanks Karen for your hard work. And thanks to Mike and Falcon as well.

Sail Repair Day - Yippee!
05/02/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

This was quite the event. Rick, the sailmaker and his mates from the boat they were delivering were there. Karen, with her sewing machine and her family were there and they all pitched in for hours and helped immensely. Lots of people walking by stopped to take a look at what was happening, both boaters and locals. A local family stopped to eat their lunch and watch as their two boys skateboarded around edges of the room. Don had carried the generator in to run the sewing machine and I had every bit of sail repair material we had ordered or had on the boat already. And we used almost every bit of it.

Meeting the Mayor of Nuka Hiva
05/01/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

With the sailmaker Rick here in Taiohae and Karen with her sewing machine a day away, we need to find a place to lay out the big sail and do the repairs. The big area where the dancers were a few days ago would be perfect. Don and I went to the government building and walked into the mayor's office. We introduced ourselves and I finally got to say out loud one of the few things I know in french..."le non de ma batteau e Buena Vista" and I quickly handed him a boat card :) We managed to convey our problem to the mayor in our broken french and when we asked if we could use the big room for a sail repair he said, ewovjsoeof, which we knew in french must mean "No Problem". We shook his hand and said merci multiple times and felt very proud of ourselves.
Here's the sail all layed out in the big area. We measured the rip - 21 feet!

The 'Aka' Crew
04/30/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Meet our friends Ed and Fran on 'Aka'. We got to know them in La Paz, Mexico and we're getting to know them better here in Nuka Hiva. They have been living and cruising the Pacific for 20+ years. Most boats coming to the Marquesas go to Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa first (the southern islands) and then make their way up here to the northern group. On the passage here they found out that a friend of theirs was delivering a boat from Panama to New Zealand and they arranged to meet up here on Nuka Hiva. Their friend, Rick, is a sailmaker who lives in Opua, New Zealand. Rick is going to help us look at our sail problem and give us advice as to the best way to fix it.

Local Dancers
04/30/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

The men dancing were fabulous...very warlike and tribal with the drums beating loudly...so cool. Plus they are practicing before the real show so everyone watching at this point are friends and family. Vicki and I really enjoyed it too.

Local Dancers
04/30/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Vicki and I were taking a walk and we heard drums. Word has it that a small cruise ship is stopping here later today and the local dance group is practicing for the show they will put on for the people off the ship.

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