18 July 2011 | Port Denarau, Fiji
Our new sails arrived yesterday...FINALLY! As I mentioned before, we couldn't pick them up because a customs official has to actually see them loaded onto the boat so that we aren't charged import duty. When they got here the guy from the shipping company told us that we owed him for storage of the sails. Mark had a good response. He told him that he'd pay the storage fees when they paid for the marina charges we've racked up waiting for 3 weeks to have them delivered. Needless to say, after calling his boss, the guy didn't fight us for the money. Probably should have tried to get it before the sails were sitting on the dock at our boat.
We are pretty excited. We have all new sails (main, mizzen, genoa, and ballooner) except for the mizzen stay-sail which is still in great shape. No more baggy sails and hopefully no more sail repairs for awhile (I'm personally really happy about this since I've had to do repairs in many anchorages). We have put up the main three sails and so far so good. Everything seems to be fitting properly. Tomorrow we will take them out for a spin. It'll also give us the chance to get up our ballooner and make sure that it to is fitting correctly. We are pretty happy with Doyle Sails in Auckland. While we've had bad luck with most NZ boat services but these guys seem to have gotten it right. We didn't even have to send them measurements or anything. They made sure they got the right plans for our boat, got them made in good time (minus the shipping delays - but those weren't their fault), and did it for a lot less than some other sail lofts we got quotes from. Even I can't wait for a little sailing tomorrow!