Dream Caper

Follow Steve & Portia on their 42' Catamaran

13 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
12 November 2011 | Mt. Tamborine, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
10 November 2011 | Gold Coast, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
08 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
04 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Manly, Queensland, Australia
01 November 2011 | Brisbane, Australia

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.
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Vessel Name: Dream Caper
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot, Venezia 42 - Catamaran
Hailing Port: San Rafael, California
Crew: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
About:
Portia and Steve sailed out of San Francisco Bay, California in 2003, on their 42 foot catamaran, Dream Caper. They cruised in the Sea of Cortez and down the coast of Mexico for 2 years. [...]
Dream Caper's Photos - Main
We had planned to stay one night at this island before leaving for Australia, but because the weather was not conducive for crossing, we were happy to spend some time at this delightful island.
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Created 19 October 2011
This is the capitol of New Caledonia and a beautiful French city.
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Created 12 October 2011
This was one of the loveliest islands we have visited.
21 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
We arrived from Vanuatu at this remote island in the Loyalty Islands. The waters of the lagoon were aqua blue almost everywhere with whote powdered sugar sand on the beaches.
11 Photos
Created 12 October 2011
13 Photos
Created 24 September 2011
Progressive photos of the process of redoing Dream Caper's Hulls and Keels
10 Photos
Created 22 September 2011
Dream Caper Haulout, Port Vila Produce Market, and Apartment View
8 Photos
Created 6 September 2011
This is Dream Caper all cleaned up and pretty.
19 Photos
Created 6 September 2011
We stopped for one day and 2 nights at this resort which is at the SW end of Viti Levu Island, Fiji before leaving for Vanuatu.
13 Photos
Created 27 August 2011
24 Photos
Created 22 August 2011
We cruised from Port Denarau on Venua Levu Island to the Mamanuca Islands and then north to the Yasawa Group Islands.
25 Photos
Created 17 August 2011
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Created 6 August 2011
15 Photos
Created 31 July 2011
6 Photos
Created 25 July 2011
The whale watching tour was fabulous! We swam within 20' for these huge docile creatures. The mother whale with her calf stood still enough for us watch them for several minutes.
33 Photos
Created 14 July 2011
Underwater shots and funky La Paella Restaurnat
15 Photos
Created 12 July 2011
Beautiful Tonga! Lovely islands, friendly locals, no big hotels and lots of pigs.
9 Photos
Created 4 July 2011
It was a rough 2 days.
6 Photos
Created 4 July 2011
Just a few photos from our 8 day stay in Pago Pago, American Samoa
11 Photos
Created 28 June 2011
7.5 Days Out to Sea
8 Photos
Created 22 June 2011
More photos
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Created 22 June 2011
Manta Rays, Fish swarms, kayaking in the lagoon
22 Photos
Created 7 June 2011
We left Papeete, Tahiti on April 29, 2011, via Moorea, Huahine and Tahaa, arriving Bora Bora on May 11, 2011.
20 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
Dream Caper was hauled out via an unusual method.
8 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 August 2010
We spent 10 days in beautiful Moorea.
23 Photos
Created 18 August 2010
18 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 18 July 2010
We cruised to a number of anchorages on this beautiful island
25 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 30 May 2010
19.5 day crossing from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas, making landfall at Fatu Hiva. We then moved on to Hiva Oa and Tahuata Islands.
28 Photos
Created 19 May 2010
We returned to California to take care of some business, buy boat parts, visit family and to do some skiing!
6 Photos
Created 17 March 2010
From our 15-day trip to China in mid-September 2009
5 Sub-Albums
Created 28 February 2010
11 Sub-Albums
Created 22 February 2010

CAPTAIN & FIRST MATE

Who: Steven Stecher and Portia Igarashi
Port: San Rafael, California
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