Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand


21 January 2008 | Laguna de Navidad
Well despite outboard woes, things can't be that bad when you have the "French Baker" delivering fresh baguettes to your boat every morning. And the Barre de Navidad area is quite lovely.

The town of Barre is at the southern end of Bahia de la Navidad. From there a shallow channel leads past the marina and into a lagoon. A shallow lagoon, particularly at low tide. When we arrived we were fortunate to have a series of waypoints- provided by another cruiser- that outlined the channel to the lagoon. The channel is about 20 feet deep. Outside the channel you'll most likely run aground. (In fact we witnessed two boats who did.) Once in the lagoon we navigated to a spot with our eyes glued to the depth meter. It was a fairly crowded anchorage so we couldn't be picky, as a result we had only about 2 feet under our keel when we dropped our anchor.

Shortly after setting the anchor we noticed a gentleman on his boat Bon Vent a short distance from ours. After exchanging pleasantries ("How's the holding? How much scope do you have out? Is it all chain?") we asked Richard if he knew of a place to get our outboard repaired. He did know and volunteered to run John over in his dinghy. He even stayed with John to help translate the situation with the mechanic. That was nice, but THEN he offered us his spare outboard to use until ours could be fixed. How nice is that?

The next day we received the good news that the mechanic had been able to fix the outboard. Joy! So we are once again mobile. However, at this point we have some concerns about the long-term reliability of the motor. And coincidentally while strolling through the town of Barre we bumped into the local Yamaha outboard dealer. Did I mention John has always coveted the Yamaha Enduro 15hp? So, we're staying in Navidad until the new outboard arrives. In the meantime the girls are enjoying the beach and the local pool... and I'm enjoying those morning baguettes!
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA