Puanani Voyage 2016

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
09 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
19 September 2017 | Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
31 July 2017 | Tapuana Bay, Tahaa, French Polynesia (FP)
28 July 2017 | Baie D'Avea (Avea Bay), Huahine, French Polynesia (FP)
20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
20 July 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
19 July 2017 | Yacht Club Tahiti, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
09 July 2017 | Tahiamanu, Moorea, French Polynesia (FP)
04 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
03 July 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)
30 June 2017 | Marina Taina, Tahiti, French Polynesia (FP)

Ready to Sail!

22 October 2017 | Matavai Bay, Tahiti
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We left our slip at Marina de Papeete at 1030 hours this morning and headed out the channel and northeast to Arue for fuel. All other preparations and provisioning were completed by early this a.m. We took on 339.28 liters of "duty free" diesel at the fuel dock next to Yacht Club Tahiti. Made a big difference in the price paid. Less than 100 French Polynesian Francs per liter. It's usually over 130 francs per liter.

We anchored in Matavai Bay, up on the northwestern tip of Tahiti, for the night. Watched another amazing sunset over Moorea. Zane is cooking up one of his fantastic dishes for dinner. Tonight, spaghetti and a nice salad, perhaps with a bottle of French Bordeaux. Smells amazing already.

Tomorrow afternoon we will depart for Rangiroa in the "Archipel des Tuamotu" (Tuamotu Archipelago). The Tuamotu is made up, almost entirely of low lying coral atolls. Rangiroa is, if I'm not mistaken, the second largest such atoll in the world. Over 30 nautical miles across.

Rangiroa is approximately 130 Nm NNE of us so we estimate about a day and a half sail to the reef pass (channel) located on its northern side. So, depending on tide, we should be anchored inside Rangiroa's protective fringing reef by roughly noon on Tuesday.

We are very excited to get underway and this jaunt to Rangiroa will make an excellent shakedown cruise for the crew and Puanani.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark zane rob

Approaching Final Prearations Stage

19 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We are quickly approaching the final preparations stage. It's time to stop breaking more things than we've repaired or replaced. If all goes well we should depart Marina de Papeete on Saturday, take on fuel at Yacht Club Tahiti, and anchor in Matavai Bay for the night.

Looks like Sunday is shaping up for a weather window for the initial jump to the Tuamotou Group. From there we can decide if the weather will allow us to make the crossing to the Marquesas. If that doesn't pan out we can clear out with the Gendarmerie at Rangiroa when it looks right to start the voyage back to Hawaii.

Our hopes and spirits are high as we work to make final ready ourselves and Puanani for what lies ahead.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love

mark rob zane

Provisioning Continues

18 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

We just made another grocery store run this evening before dinner. You know what the say..."Never go grocery shopping when you're hungry!" I wouldn't say we got carried away but it was a struggle to carry everything back to the boat.

Zane put in a full day of cooking, starting early this a.m. This has allowed us to vacuum seal meals and freeze them for easy reheating during our voyage. Makes life easier, especially when the wind and waves are a little, let's say, "boisterous" and nobody feels like a lengthy meal preparation session down below.

Got a few more spare parts and tools that we could need when we get underway. Don't buy Yanmar parts in French Polynesia. It cost many times more for the same part in Honolulu and Honolulu prices are already outrageous. Oh well. Live and learn. Next time, I'll know.

We are leaning toward a Saturday departure, Wx and preparations depending. Looking for the optimum window to get started, without stress the vessel and crew right up front. We'll see.

In the meantime we will force ourselves to suffer through these amazing sunsets here at the marina. Again!

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark
zane
rob

Crew Is Up and Running

16 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

Rob and Zane got in late last night. Fed them pizza, let them rest and then put them right to work this morning. Zane took on meal planning and will oversee food provisioning. Rob and I are working on fixing things that inevitably become issues on a boat left unattended for an extended period as well as installing new safety equipment purchase just for this voyage.

I also ended up climbing up and down the mast several time in order to replace the wind transducer, re-run an external spinnaker halyard, and inspect the running and standing rigging.

Luckily so. I found a busted mast tang on the port lower shroud. Found a spare aboard and replaced it. Back in business! Will check with a local Rigger in the hopes of obtaining a couple spare mast tangs in case another one fails.

We will continue preparations for the next several days and, Wx cooperating, look to head out as early as Thursday. We've got enough to keep us very busy over the course of the next few days.

Everyone take care and stay well. All our love.

mark
rob
zane

Little by Little

14 October 2017 | Marina de Papeete
Mark Logan
Aloha All,

Where did the day go? Oh yeah! Workout followed by breakfast and shower. Then a nap. Errands to buy solar panel fuses and a new windlass switch. Another nap. Lunch. No nap. Replace solar panel fuses. Rewired windlass switch. Looks solid. Nap. Skipped dinner. Too hot and humid. Errand to supermarket for stuffs. Hoisted "Blade" and checked furling system. Looks and feels good. Relearned how to tie a bowline. WTH? It's been awhile, but enough with the excuses. Time for sleep.

Everyone take care and stay well. All my love.

mark

New Mainsail!

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

It's just like when you were a kid and you got brand new "Keds" or "Converse" shoes. Felt like you could run faster than you ever could. I remember racing Terri and Joe up and down the sidewalk outside the shoe store. Always felt like I had wings (without the Red Bull).

I managed to get the brand new mainsail up with little drama. It took a while to get the bead along the luff to feed into the groove on the foil inside the mast cavity but eventually it was all the way up. Looks fast just standing still. To me it does, just like new shoes.

Much mahalo to the crew at North Sails, Honolulu Loft. Fuzz, Jimbo, and the gang really scrambled to get this new sail built and delivered prior to my departure. As usual, they exceeded my expectations. As the Honolulu Loft has, time and again. Much appreciated!

Also managed to wrestle the life raft out of the aft cabin and strap it down to the foredeck. Another TTD checked off. Only a dozen or so to go. I want everyone to know that it was Skip's idea to buy an 8 x person life raft. At least the three of us will have some leg room in the highly unlikely event we have to step up into it.

Good thing we decided to schedule the crew to arrive a week later than myself. The list of "Oh $h1t, I forgot to bring this." keeps growing. Luckily Rob and Blossom are there to assemble the necessities. Thanks folks!

The "good idea" cutoff fast approaches. At that point all Good Idea Fairies will be shot or thrown overboard. Their choice. It's time to sail this vessel home.

Everyone take care and stay well. All my love.

mark

P.S. Holy Crap! Looking at the photo of the new mainsail again. Freaking nice! Can't wait to get it out in the Tradewinds.
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).
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