O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING

A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran

08 May 2013
06 September 2011 | Brisbane
04 September 2011 | 26 02S 155 59E
03 September 2011 | 24 35S 159 23E
02 September 2011 | 23 21S 162 56E
31 August 2011 | New Caledonia
30 August 2011 | 21 10S 168 312E
29 August 2011 | 21 25S 171 52E
28 August 2011 | 21 03S 175 17E
27 August 2011 | 20 17S 178 49E
26 August 2011 | 19 26S 177 46W
25 August 2011 | 18 48S 174 20W
23 August 2011 | Neiafu, Tonga
21 August 2011 | 19 00S 170 22W
18 August 2011 | 19 45S 168 16W
15 August 2011 | Beverage Reef
14 August 2011 | 19 39S 166 06W
12 August 2011 | 18 52S 160 14W
03 August 2011 | Aitutaki
01 August 2011 | 18 18S 157 49W

A few thoughts

23 May 2009 | Tavernier, Fl
Nathalie and David
10,000 miles: (95% sailing)!!!! 250 hours on each engine equating to approximately 400 total hours motoring as sometimes both engines were run simultaneously but more often individually. Most of this was around the islands once we arrived although two of our passages had windless portions. The generator saw 550 hours of use. It was used for one to two hours each morning primarily to make water but also to supplement the power derived primarily from solar panels.
10 countries: USA, Bahamas, Jamaica, Panama (San Blas, Colon, the Canal, Panama city), Ecuador (Galapagos), French Polynesia (Marquises, Tuamotus, Society islands), Cook islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki), Niue, Tonga and New Zealand).
Maximum wind: 35 knots (mainly after French Polynesia).
Most common wind direction: from behind, we love it that way.
Longest time with no wind: leaving the Galapagos (2 and a half days) and from Tonga to New Zealand (also 2 and a half days).
Most regular wind: (After those two and a half days) between the Galapagos and Fatu Hiva between 15 and 25 knots south east, the beautiful trade winds. At one point we flew the spinnaker continually for 5 days and 3 nights.
Highest waves: 5.2 meters- 17 feet (between Aitutaki and Niue, it had been blowing 40 knots for over 4 days and still blowing 30 knots when we left.
Longest passage: 16 days between the Galapagos and the Marquises (Fatu Hiva). Typically 22 to 30 days on a monohull.
Most common question: Did we hit a storm? Not while underway, we had one at anchor in Tonga of 45 knots or so.
Breakdowns: Almost nonexistent. The generator impeller, the tiller on the dingy outboard, we bent the whisker pole track. This was contrarily to most of the boats we met which had many more problems. Typical problems were engines, generators, water makers, and refrigeration. The definition of cruising is: repairing your boat in exotic places. Our good fortune can be attributed to the right choice of boat, good decisions made during the fitting out process and luck.
Gas price: from $1.04/gallon in Galapagos (Ecuador) to $11.00/gallon in French Polynesia.
Favorite anchorage: Toau (Tuamotus)
Favorite islands (impossible to stick to just one!): Fatu Hiva (Marquesas), Niue and Bora Bora.
Most amazing exploring ground: New Zealand (North and South islands, what a country!!!!)
Best dive/snorkeling: Fakarava, South Pass in the Tuamotus
The most welcoming people have to be the Marquesians and the Niuans.
The best tastes: The Grapefruit from the Marquises, Lobster from the Tuamotus, the Baguette-bread- and patisseries from Papeete, the Vanilla from Tahaa, coffee or "Flat white" and the green mussels from New Zealand!!!
I forgot, the simplest country to do any kind of transaction (simplest and down to earth/trust/no lawsuit): definitely New Zealand....
I was always (and still am) a little apprehensive about long passages, I do not like big winds and big seas (the guys probably think it is challenging for a moment anyway) but on the "Coconut Milk Run" especially with a catamaran like O'Vive which is a very big stable platform, it was not scary at all and it outlast everything when you arrive on an island like Fatu Hiva after 16 days at sea, it is magical because of course it is so picturesque but even more because you went out there and arrive in a very special place , so remote in this vast ocean (only accessible by boat). The people in the Pacific are like no others, are they so nice and open because they live in such a beautiful and remote place? I have never seen a Marquesian with a frown on their face! The Marquises will be for me the most amazing island I have ever been in my life and I would have never reached them if it wasn't for this trip on a sailboat. Besides the beauty of the Pacific, we met some cruisers who became really good friends, they will stay dear to me and I will keep them close to my heart and hope to have the occasion to see them again on land.
I am happy back home; it is a lot less stressful in some ways (no more of "is the anchor going to drag tonight? Is the wind going to pick up over 35 knots? Is one of those freak waves going to cross our path? But it is out there that I saw my husband truly happy, in the wind and on the ocean. I love you David and thank you for taking us in this truly amazing adventure as well as safely back home.
Ovive is now looking for a new owner to take her back accross the oceans.
Et en Francais:
Presque 10,000 miles (95% a la voile)! )!!!! Environ 400 heures de moteur, principalement aux alentours des iles et lors des deux passages sans vent qui seront mentionne plus tard. Nous avons utilize le generateur pendant 550 heures, presque chaque matin, 1 a 2 heures de generateur pour le desalinateur et pour complementer les panneaux solaires
10 pays: USA, Bahamas, Jamaica, Panama (San Blas, Colon, the Canal, Panama city), Ecuador (Galapagos), French Polynesia (Marquises, Tuamotus, Society islands), Cook islands (Rarotonga, Aitutaki), Niue, Tonga and New Zealand).
Vent maximum: 35 noeuds (surtout après la Polynesie francaise.
Direction du vent la plus frequente: vent arriere, super en catamaran!
Temps le plus long sans Vent: en partant des Galapagos (2 jours et demi) puis de Tonga en Nouvelle Zelande (aussi 2 jours et demi).
Vents les plus reguliers: (après les deux jours et demi sans vent) entre les Galapagos et les Marquises, entre 15 et 25 noeuds toujours du sud est, les fameux Alizes. Nous avons pu laisse le spi pendant 5 jours et 3 nuits d'affiler!!!
Les plus hautes vagues: 5.2 m (entre Aitutaki et Niue, il soufflait 40 noeuds depuis 4 jours!).
Le plus long Passage: 16 jours entre les Galapagos et Fatu Hiva (Les Marquises). Typiquement de 24 a 30 jours en monocoque.
Question la plus courante: Avez- vous eu une tempete? Non, pas en route, une fois dans un mouillage a Tonga, autrement, en passage juste quelques grosses mers.
Prix du gasoil: de 1$ en Ecuador a 11$ en Polynesie Francaise.
Mouillage Favoris: Toau (Tuamotus)
Iles favorites (impossible de n'en citer qu'une)): Fatu Hiva (Marquesas), Niue and Bora Bora
Pays le plus interessant a explorer: la Nouvelle Zelande, L'ile du nord et du sud, quel beau pays!!!!

Meilleure plongee: Fakarava, la Passe sud, dans les Tuamotus
Les gens les plus acueillants sont sans hesitation les Marquesiens et les Niuens.
Les meilleures saveures: le Pamplemousse des Marquises, la langouste des Tuamotus, la baguette et petits gateaux de Papeete, la Vanille de Tahaa, le café ("flat white") et les moules vertes de Novelle Zelande.
J'ai toujours ete un peu apprehensive des grandes traversees, je n'aime pas les grands vents et grosses vagues (certains pensent probablement que c'est actuellement quand cela devient interessant!) mais sur cette route du "Coconut Milk Run" et surtout avec O'Vive qui est un grand catamaran tres stable, je ne me suis jamais sentie en danger et puis l'arrivee a Fatu Hiva dans les Marquises après 16 jours de mer restera a jamais ancree dans ma memoire. Les gens du Pacifique sont si gentils et acueillants, est-ce parce qu'ils sont si loin de tout et sont nes dans ces iles paradisiaques? Je n'ai jamais vu un marquesien sans un sourire aux levres! Les Marquises resteront pour moi les plus belles iles du pacifique et je ne les auraient jamais vues (de cette facon) si nous n'etions pas arrives en voilier. Et puis après la beaute du Pacifique et ses habitants, je dois dire que nous avons rencontres des gens super de tous les pays , J'espere ne pas perdre contact une fois a terre avec ceux qui sont devenus des amis, nous pensons aller a Vancouver l'ete prochain pour voir nos chers canadiens...
Je suis tres heureuse d'etre a la maison, beucoup moins de stress du genre: " est-ce que l'ancre va bien tenir cette nuit? Ou est-ce que le vent va forcir au dela des 35 noeuds? Est-ce que l'on ne va pas rencontrer une de ces "crazy" vagues?) mais c'est sur ce grand ocean que j'ai vu mon mari totalement heureux . Je t'aime David, merci de nous avoir fait vivre cette aventure (il y en a si peu dans notre monde moderne ou tellement de choses sont regulees!) et merci de nous avoir ramene a la maison sain et sauf alors que tu aurais voulu continuer bien plus longtemps...
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Vessel Name: O'Vive
Vessel Make/Model: St Francis 50' catamaran
Hailing Port: Tavernier, Florida USA
Crew: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
About: Captain David, 1st mate, Nathalie and the crew Alec (12) and Emilie (15)
O'Vive's Photos - (Main)
16 Photos
Created 13 May 2009
2009 Family Island Regatta
24 Photos
Created 26 April 2009
We are finishing our 18 months sabatical where it all began, the Bahamas... still with O'Vive which has been shipped back from New Zealand on Dockwise.
48 Photos
Created 29 March 2009
We flew back to the States while O'Vive is on her way back to Florida on Dockwise.
22 Photos
Created 25 February 2009
Lampwork glass beads studio in Whangarei
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Created 14 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
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Created 9 February 2009
On our way back, Nelson and the famous Abel Tasman trail.
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Created 25 January 2009
South island east coast and meeting in Murchinson with Orca 3 and Malachi
35 Photos
Created 24 January 2009
Alec took the plunge!
17 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Te Anau, Milford sound,
31 Photos
Created 18 January 2009
Franz Jose glacier, Hokitika,Kunakaiki,scenic road from Haast to Wanaka (near Queenstown),Queenstown, Arrowtown.
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Created 10 January 2009
Transfer from North to South island.
23 Photos
Created 10 January 2009
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Created 6 January 2009
THrough Kawau island, Mimiwhangata, Tutukaka, Great Barrier island, and an amazing dive at poor night.
57 Photos
Created 29 December 2008
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Created 28 December 2008
Nathalie went to visit her family in France.
47 Photos
Created 27 November 2008
Boats we met during our Pacific Crossing
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Created 15 November 2008
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Created 11 November 2008
En route pour la Nouvelle Zelande
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Created 9 November 2008
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the two sister islands of Raiatea and Tahaa
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Created 23 July 2008
F, between Tahiti and Bora Bora
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Created 23 July 2008
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Created 11 July 2008
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1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 29 June 2008
Les iles des Tuamotus Kauehi, Fakarava et Toau
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Created 28 June 2008
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French polynesia first islands, the Marqueses
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Created 24 February 2008
From the San Blas to Las Perlas Crossing the Panama canal
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Created 21 February 2008
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Created 31 January 2008
Chub Cay, Staniel Key, Georgetown
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Created 31 January 2008
Our first catamaran was a Manta 42. She was built in St Petersburg and we went to pick her up in November 2000. We spent every summer cruising the Beautiful Bahamas islands (700) from the busy Nassau harbor (We never stay more than 2 or 3 days)to the more remote islands like the crooked islands or the ragged islands (also known as the Jumentos and the friendliest of all , Long Island. We never got tired of the turquoise waters , the kindness of the Bahamians and all the fun we had with all the friends we made over the years.
8 Photos
Created 1 October 2007
We picked up O'Vive end of May 2007 in Georgetown, Bahamas and after a few weeks ,we brought her back home to the Florida Keys in order to get her and us ready for the "Grand Voyage".
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Created 1 October 2007

O'VIVE UNDER WAY...

Who: David, Alec, Emilie, Nathalie
Port: Tavernier, Florida USA