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


19 June 2011 | Taiohae Bay
I have been remiss in keeping the blog up to date, partly due to the lure of internet; it really sucks all your time. We had a 12 hour sail from Tahuata to Nuku-Hiva arriving just before dark. The anchorage I remember as peaceful and idyllic was anything but with the overly strong southeasterlys we were having. Every squall brought a new wind direction with the many (it was quite crowded) boats turning every which way requiring a lot of space between you and your neighbor. We gave up trying to crowd into the east end of the anchorage and went to the west side by ourselves. Not as good internet, but at least we were safe. We spent 3 nights rocking and rolling. We saw two dingys damaged while we were there, people not using a stern anchor and the surge will either flip it when it come in contact with the wall or it will get under the ladder and punctured. I saw both in the short while we were there. We tried to obtain fuel directly from the quay, a stressful process in the big swells and rain while trying to med moor just up wind of a large barge. The end result is after receiving the fuel hose aboard via heaving line it was a bit too short. So we took on 310 liters using the dingy, jerry jugs, and a line to lower the jugs into the dingy from the quay. We paid $147 CPF per liter or $6.95 US per gal. We could have paid $104 CPF (duty Free) if we hired an agent but the agent would have cost more than we would have saved and French Polynesia is one place you don't need an agent, it is just so easy. It is a wonderful place normally; we just hit it the wrong weather time and with a whole lot of other boats.
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)


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