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

Papeete, rudders, etc...

10 July 2011 | Papeete, Tahiti
Papeete was a successful stop. Lots of personal things such as souvenir shopping and mounting pearls etc... We also discovered that we could go to the stadium every night that no show was scheduled and watch the practice for free as well as video tape which is a strict no no during the show. The main task was to receive the rudders and replace them. This got off to a bad start when the builder decided to send them half way around the world wrapped in one layer of pea sized bubble wrap and one layer of cardboard. That's right, when paying over $3000 just for freight; no one thought it would be a good investment to spend $100 building a shipping crate out of wood. So we started by getting out the epoxy and repairing both new rudders. Then after removing the starboard rudder shaft found the 4 new bearings they sent were machined to the wrong size. So it was off to find a machine shop that could cut them down for us. This caused a loss of two days in itself. Once the rudders and bearings were repaired it was time to go diving in Papeete harbor. 300 yards down the seawall is an overflow pipe from the city sewer system, normally dormant but I guess they had a heavy load that weekend and decided to release the excess into the harbor. So each time I came out of the water I was pouring hydrogen peroxide over all the invariable nicks you receive when doing that type of work trying to prevent a staph infection. Long story short after the first full day of trying to install the starboard rudder and being totally exhausted I arrived at the decision the boat would have to be hauled. But the next day we decided to give it one more go and using the old bearings were finally able to get the job done. At this point I was toying with the idea of not replacing the port rudder and carrying the new one as a spare but after bouncing the idea off Phillip from Free Spirit he convinced me to replace the port rudder as well. Having messed about enough with the starboard rudder I figured I would not need anything more from Papeete and decided to head over to Moorea to do the work.
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