Calou's Blog

Cruising with the crew of CALOU on the Baja Ha-ha and Pacific Puddle Jump

A Perfect Day at Tahuata

26 April 2011
We spent a perfect day at Tahuata. The weather was perfect.

The day started with projects.

John and I got the defective radar scanner down. The swivel mount for the radar scanner was broken, whoever did the welding just put in a single tack weld, no more than 1/4 inch long. No wonder the thing broke. We hope to get the parts rewelded in Atuana. I did some electronic testing of the radar scanner which proved definitively that the scanner electronics had gone bad. Check.

We had a problem with the watermaker since yesterday, it was producing very reduced flow. This was due to a clogged seawater inlet line. I worked on that problem and got it unclogged. We have a new one being shipped to us. Check.

We have plastic hoods that go over the ports in the side of the boat. The hoods keep the rain out when the ports are open. The one by our cabin had broken due to wave action. I sawed off part of it to reduce its wave catching ability and reglued it in place. And we have two such ports in the salon for which I had not yet installed the hoods. Those hoods are now installed. Check.

The rest of the day was reserved for fun.

Francois and I, and the crew of the French catamaran CHARADE, went scuba diving at the reef on the north side of the anchorage. The water is so clear that we had at least 100 foot visibility. We were diving to 60 foot depth and you could easily observe the surface. The water temperature is 90 degrees F, so no wet suit was required. The display of fish was fantastic, as good as I've seen anywhere. CHARADE has a dive compressor so we were able to get our tanks refilled.

Finally this evening we had the crew of CHARADE over for dinner. There were 10 of us seated for dinner around our salon table! It was tight but we were able to get everyone seated. We concluded the evening with music (John on violin and myself on accordeon).
Vessel Name: Calou
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 47
Hailing Port: The Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon, CA
Crew: Bruce, Pascale, Antoine
Extra: Sailing on the 20th Annual Baja Ha-ha, departing mid October 2013 from Tiburon, and continuing to cruise Mexico. This will be our 3rd Haha. In 2011 we sailed the Puddle Jump from Mexico to French Polynesia, then up to Hawaii and back to San Francisco.
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