Aroundoceans with SV Emerald Sea

Our journey on water

25 March 2018 | Victoria. British Columbia
05 October 2017 | Victoria BC
24 August 2017 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
27 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
10 July 2017 | Reeds Bay, Hilo, Hawaii
22 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
18 June 2017 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
12 June 2017 | Humane, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Moorea, French Polynesia
05 June 2017 | Tahiti
07 May 2017 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
21 April 2017 | Fakarava, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Tahanea Atoll. Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
05 April 2017 | Makemo Atoll, Tuamotu's, French Polynesia
07 March 2017 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
20 February 2017 | Rikitea, Gambier Islands, French Polynesia
14 January 2017 | Playita, Panama City, Panama
02 January 2017 | La Plait, Panama City
17 December 2016 | Isla Nargana
16 December 2016 | San Blas, Panama

Tahiti and Papeete

07 May 2017 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
Rose is back! Oh how I missed my sailing partner in crime and life over the last few months! Rose had a good flight in from Singapore with Air New Zealand via Auckland and I collected her at Faa'a airport in Papeete and put a flowered lei around her neck. Emerald Sea is back to normal!

We took a mooring ball at Marina Taina for the few weeks we're here. I was reluctant at first as (can you believe this??) they charge 1.5x for a catamaran on a mooring - hello!! That's a first! There is a free anchorage next to the mooring field but is rather full so I thought it safer to take the mooring noting that the fee, at least, comes with a safe/secure docking for the dinghy, garbage disposal, water, showers, toilets, etc.

Our stay in Tahiti has been a mix of pleasure and pain. We certainly stayed longer than I had expected we would. We however had the pleasure renting a car (; starts at 4200XFP all inclusive) and circumnavigated Tahiti-Nui (big) and Tahiti-Iti (small), viewing its lush rainforest, caves, many rivers and waterfalls and the colorful and varied gardens of the Tahitian homes. Papeete, its capital, bustles and you have to look really hard to find some resemblance of paradise here - its surprisingly downtrodden - one day is enough in this big town! But their large indoor market is pretty cool.

The pain part has been the maintenance. Besides general maintenance and checks, I replaced Emerald's two steering cables (steel for dyneema) which was a rather easy enough task and an overall improvement to the yacht. Then the generator's fuel pump failed and was easily replaced with the spare I had available. But the big headache has been our Honda BF20 outboard. Its troubles began back in Tahanea where it would stall after 15-20mins of running and takes 5-10 mins before it would re-start. I and three other mechanics, including a so-called certified Honda mechanic, have not been able to resolve it. Initially we thought it was the cooling system issue that turned out to be OK. Mechanically it's OK. That left the fuel system - but after changing the fuel itself, pump, plugs, carb, filters it would still continue to stall out after 15-20mins. The Honda mechanic confirmed it was not electronic (I wonder). So, fed up of this, and us being so reliant on our dinghy (its our car after all), I purchased a new Yamaha F20C in Papeete - which I got at the duty free price and a 10% discount - actually a very comparable price as that in the US. So I will try and sell off the remains of the Honda.

The other day we did a complete inventory of the food on Emerald and tossed a lot of old stuff that was out of date or we're just not using. And the fantastic Carrefour grocery store is a 5 min walk away and we managed to re-stuff Emerald - but with a different approach! I slogged and sweated the streets of Papeete seeking out the multitude of small parts that I needed and pretty much found everything. We fueled Emerald up with duty free fuel (US$0.72/liter) and filled up two jerry cans of petrol for the dinghy. On the mooring, we had reasonably good internet from manaspot (pay online) and managed to catch up with banking, family,etc. And researched the future countries we plan to visit.

Tahiti and in particular Papeete didn't make a lasting impression on me. Likely as the last few months in the Tuamotu's were so unusual, extraordinary and beautiful and then coming over here to urban Papeete with its heavy traffic, rush, run down infrastructure, high co$$$t, etc. Just doesn't work that well for me. I will add that the renowned friendliness of the Polynesians continues to exist here in Tahiti as it did in the other islands. However, sitting here on Emerald with a coffee in hand, watching the morning sun rise over Tahiti's lush green hills and Rose doing her morning exercises on the foredeck is a sight to be behold. And ... again a reminder of why I do this.
Vessel Name: Emerald Sea
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 450
Hailing Port: Singapore
Crew: Steve P, Rosemarie P
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We untied the ropes from Keppel Marina in Singapore in August 2014 and haven't looked back. Across the Indian and around South Africa into the South Atlantic Oceans, the leeward Caribbean and South Pacific....with many stops along the way. And now, perhaps finally for this chapter, British [...]
Emerald Sea's Photos - Main
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Keeping our carbon footprint to a minimum! Solar array extending over cockpit.
Clean fuel is essential to a maintenance free engine. Racor Dual 500s with vacuum gauge. We use 5 and 10 micron filters.
Emerald from aft - offshore Singapore.
Axel with baracudda.
Axel installing the Ocean Safety life raft. This is an ISO Ocean series and one we hope never to use!
Axel underwater following turtles at Tioman.
Solar frame mount showing the upper supports.
Aft view during the solar system installation.
The storm jib being installed.  We will be seen!  Sail blogs took an upright photo and rotated it!
Hawaii was a stop over on our way to Canada however we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our 3 weeks in Big Hawaii.
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A selection from 1000's of photos from out 6 months in French Polynesia. But were missing the photos from Gambier, Makemo, Tahanea.....
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We transited the Panama Canal on 30-31st December 2016.
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Barbados, Martinique, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada. A few of our photos captured here.
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Photo fun...
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10-15 April 2016
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What doesn't fit into the albums will be found here....
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26 June to 13 July 2015
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5 February to 13 May 2015
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17 July to 12 October 2015
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29 May to 25 June 2015
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16 April to 20 May 2015
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Photos from Singapore to Langkawi
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Our first 2 weeks out in East Malaysia (Sept 14)
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Our Bon voyage party with our yachtie neighbors.
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In June 14 we sailed up to Pulau Tioman for our first journey of living on this new boat and trialing new equipment including the drogue system, storm jib, solar system and other vessel installations.
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Created 17 July 2014