De-commissioning Dream Caper
01 August 2010 | Port Phaeton (Taravao), Tahiti, French Polynesia
August 2, 2010
Other than doing our sworn duty of picking up two fresh baguettes this morning, we devoted the entire day to getting Dream Caper ready to be hauled tomorrow. In between rain showers and wind gusts to 28 knots, we took down our three sails (jib, gennaker, and main), dried them, measured each, folded them and stowed them. We measured them because they are 10 years old and we are considering replacing them. All lines and sheets (ropes) were taken off the sails and traveler, dried and stowed. The only lines left up are the halyards, one for lifting and one each for our main sail, gennaker and jib. We are told that it rains so much here that all ropes left out in the weather will turn green. We plan to replace these halyards so we will leave them out. Because of the hills here on both sides of Port Phaeton where Tahiti Nautic Center Marina is located, it rains a a lot but it is the safest cyclone hole in Tahiti when a cyclone hits. To deal with the high humidity, we have purchased a stand alone air conditioner/dehumidifier which we will set up in the starboard bathroom with the air vent going out the escape hatch and the drain out a thru hull. Yvan the marina manager will check on Dream Caper every 2 weeks during the first 2 months to make sure the electrical is still connected and the dehumidifer is working. After that he will come on board once per month to make sure all is still operating properly. We will leave two of our four solar panels up and operational to keep the house batteries charged which will power 3 muffin (computer) fans that will circulate air in the salon and in the port hull. The dehumidifer will circulate the air in the starboard hull. We will leave dehumidifier crystals in both hulls and in the salon to be changed monthly by Yvan, if necessary. We will also leave 3 uncapped bottles of chlorine bleach in each sink to further take moisture out of the air. In the past when we have left Dream Caper on the hard for many months, we have come back to moldy cabinets, walls and ceilings. Because of the high humidity and rain here, we are trying to do everything to keep Dream Caper's interior dry during our 8 month absence.
We are busy eating our perishable food supplies and we are eating well. During this past week we have had Coconut Wahoo (Ono), Lamb Chops, Ribeye Steak, Shrimp Pad Thai, Hamburgers on baguette, and Beef Nachos.