Puanani Voyage 2016

20 November 2017
19 November 2017 | >Degrees North of Where We Started
17 November 2017 | 150 Nauticle Miles South East of Caroline Island
15 November 2017 | 11 Nm West of Mataiva
13 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
10 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
07 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
05 November 2017 | Opunohu Bay, Moorea
01 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
30 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
24 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
23 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
22 October 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti
19 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
18 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
16 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
14 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
13 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
11 October 2017
10 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete

Dog Treats and Mad Frenchman

20 November 2017
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

It's funny how people remember certain events much different than one another. Even if it happened only 25 years or so ago, it still seems like yesterday to me. Maybe it seems like yesterday to Zane too. But he's got it all wrong somehow.

I did not deliberately feed him dog treats when he was a small kid. We lived right next door to each other in Kailua. Zane and his brother, Kainoa, were always at our house visiting with my son and doing what kids their age did. Zane was always hungry and would enthusiastically consume anything and everything put in front of him.. I wondered if his parents ever fed him.

One day he came into the house and walked over to the kitchen counter, grabbing something and asking, "Uncle, I can have some of these?" "These" were dog treats that looked exactly like those little snack pretzel rolls that are stuffed with cheese, and called "Combos." I was busy with something else and not paying much attention. I thought that Zane intended to take them back to his house to give to their family dog so I told him, "Sure, take them."

The next time I looked up I noticed Zane had opened the package and was wolfing down dog treat after dog treat, barely bothering to chew them before he swallowed them. Much like my dog does. Astonished, I told him, "Zane, you know those are dog treats right?" He dropped the package to the floor and with a very upset look on his face ran out of the house..

Not one minute later and my brother, Zane's dad, was over and yelling at me, "Now you've gone too far!" I'm like, "What do you mean?" I had already forgotten about the dog treats. My brother then went off on a tirade using a foreign tongue. A language I had not been exposed to prior to visiting French Polynesia. It was in Tahiti that I first encountered a Frenchman, upset with a food server. His tone, inflection, and hand gestures were exactly like those of my brother's on that day in Kailua, nearly 25 years ago.

Joe talks French! Joe talks French real goo!

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark zane rob

Autopilot Malfunction Drills

19 November 2017 | >Degrees North of Where We Started
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We are all getting in the groove of pulling watches through the night and getting boat chores accomplished during the day. Meals are especially looked forward to. Now that Zane is comfortable with cooking underway he is firing on all cylinders. I have to say the frozen fruit and yoghurt parfaits are especially refreshing and appreciated at breakfast and lunch. Way more gooder than Starbucks. Amazing! Can't wait to see what Zane can do with the fish we catch. We WILL catch a fish damn it!

Did some autopilot malfunction drills with the crew this a.m. We are all confident that each of us can recover from an inadvertent cancelling of the autopilot. Tonight we will do some more drills so as to train under more realistic conditions. The goals is to recover from an autopilot malfunction before I can get out of my bunk and get to the helm. If done properly, no one else aboard will ever know it even happened.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark rob zane

The Saga of the Voyage of the Puanani

17 November 2017 | 150 Nauticle Miles South East of Caroline Island
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We continue the continuation of the continuing Saga of the Voyage of the Puanani. Starring, the lovely Puanani. Narrated by your host, "Stinky Borinky.! Start the music...NOW!

When we last left off in our story we were sailing northward toward the Hawaiian Islands. We had departed Tahiti with sweet memories of laughter and friendship and a few challenges that were diligently worked through. We are now nearly 3 full days of sailing, actually 2 full days of sailing out of Papeete. One of those days was spent motor sailing when the trades veered to northeast and moderated to less than 12 knots.

The easterly trade winds are now back with us at a nice 18-20 knots with a few higher gusts. This is what a trade wind day is supposed to look like. Beautiful sunshine, small cotton ball looking clouds, and moderate seas. Just what Puanani responds to best.

I was fast asleep in the main salon, trusting "Iron Zane" at the helm. We were still motor sailing, a little after midnight, when all of a sudden, my gravity shifted heavily to starboard. Not good when we were sailing on a starboard tack! Springing to my feet, I feared the worst. The autopilot was malfunctioning again. You would not believe how relieved I was to find that the Iron Zane had 'fat-fingered" the wrong button on the chart plotter and inadvertently disengaged the autopilot, No worries. Easily corrected and back down in the bunk I went.

Fast forward to watch change at 0300 this morning. We are now sailing sailing with winds that increased to 16-18 knots. The engine was resting since at 0130. I can hear only the murmurs of "Stalwart Robert" and Iron Zane discussing the change of watch details. I drift back off to sleep. Once again, gravity shift! Oh noooooo! The pilot must be malfunctioning. There's no way that inadvertent button pushing could have disengaged the autopilot again, right? Sure enough, but it was Stalwart this time, pushing the exact same wrong button Iron had pushed less than 3 hours earlier. Main thing, the autopilot is working perfectly. It's my fat-fingered crew I got to fix.

Note to all. I've done this many times myself but I'm not telling Stalwart and Iron that.

Lesson learned: If you turn off the autopilot YOU MUST TAKE THE WHEEL or we will likely tack over and back wind the sails.

That is enough for now. Stay tuned so you don't miss a single episode of the continuation of the continuing Saga of the Voyage of the Puanani.

All our love.

borinki stalwart iron

Northbound

15 November 2017 | 11 Nm West of Mataiva
Zane Logan
Aloha All,

As you probably are aware, we departed Port Papeete yesterday at around noon. We've been steadily sailing north from Tahiti and at the same time, trying to get some easting while the wind speed and direction still supports doing so. We are currently passing Mataiva to our starboard beam. Mataiva is the western most atoll in the Tuamotu Archipilago.

It was quite a pleasure to hang out in Tahiti while getting ready for this return trip home. The people were very friendly and always helpful. We are particularly grateful to Domi, who acted as our cultural mentor, but more importantly he became great friend to all of us. The Marina de Papeete staff, Franco, Ken, and Matahi were all super obliging no matter what the request. I would highly recommend you visit this new marina. It is one fantastic facility.

Contrary to reports posted on some social media sites and web pages, I found the law enforcement, customs, and immigrations officials to all be professional, knowledgeable, and very accommodating. This became especially evident when I had to request an extension to my French Polynesian visa while awaiting repair parts for the broken autopilot. I would highly suspect the writers of those negative comments as the ones who actually caused or instigated any or all of those unpleasant experiences.

Well that's all behind us now, literally and figuratively. We are northbound, homeward bound, to Hawaii, and happy to be out in the blue water under sail.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark zane rob

Rough Nite in Papeete

13 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

New tattoos for the crew! Wow! Our Tahitian friend, Domi, won big at the local chicken fights. His rooster won the first match and he also took the "jackpot." He was in the mood to celebrate so we all went out for a few. Probably a few too many.

Domi is kind of like our Tahitian "Leslie Chau", for those of you that have seen the "Hangover" series of movies. What a great guy!

Anyway, Domi suggested that we all get tattooed by a famous local tattoo artist. He also insisted on paying for the tattoos. Being in the frame of mind we were in, it also was our last night in Papeete, and feeling a little nostalgic about our trip to Tahiti, we all jumped at the chance.

Uh oh! It took awhile to sink in this morning but we all came to grips with our decision and decided to make the bast of it.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark
rob
zane

Departure Ready

10 November 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

New autopilot is installed. Commissioning and sea trials complete. Fuel - check; water - check; food - check; Hinano - need to top up a bit (supply keeps dwindling faster that planned. Hmmmmm?.

Looks like weather is shaping up for a Tuesday or Wednesday departure. Will use the time in-between to complete all preparations for sea, in addition to addressing Customs and Immigration formalities.

We are ready, totally willing and, God willing, we will be able and off to a great sail back to Hawaii.

Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. All our love.

mark
zane
rob
Vessel Name: Puanani
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau Oceanis 393
Hailing Port: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Puanani's Photos - Main
Selected photos and videos from our voyage to and through the South Pacific commencing 2016 04 30 to 2017 mm dd (TBD).
1 Photo | 5 Sub-Albums
Created 5 June 2016