SV Saraoni

13 March 2018 | Narawntapu National Park, Northern Tasmania
07 March 2018 | Burnie, Tasmania
02 March 2018 | Gowrie Park, Northern Tasmnania
18 February 2018 | Bicheno, Tasmania
10 February 2018 | Richmond, Tasmania
01 February 2018 | Snug Bay, Tasmania
25 January 2018 | Port Ouenghi, New Caledonia
19 January 2018 | Port Ouenghi, New Caledonia
04 January 2018 | Ouenghi marina, New Caledonia
01 January 2018 | Port Ouenghi, Bouloupari, New Caledonia
25 December 2017 | Port Ouenghi marina, New Caledonia
21 December 2017 | Ouenghi Marina, New Caledonia
19 December 2017 | Isle Ducos, Baie de St Vincent, New Caledonia
10 December 2017 | Baie de Kuto, Isle des Pins, New Caledonia
02 December 2017 | Baie d'Orphelinat, Noumea, New Caledonia
27 November 2017 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2017 | Baie d'Orphelinat, Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2017 | Taioae Bay, Ouen Island, New Caledonia
28 October 2017 | Noumea, New Caledonia
23 October 2017 | Noumea, Nouvelle-Cal├ędonie,

Adios Amigo!

31 January 2013 | Marina Puerto Calero Lanzarote
Alison, beautiful clear skies and light northerlies
Pic shows the old diesel on its way up and out at Puerto Calero

We certainly chose a beautiful day to remove the 26 year old Yamaha diesel from Saraoni. It might still have had more life left in it, but constant blown out gaskets, poor starting and intermittent and mysterious water in the sump was just getting a bit too much. Any raw water cooled engine is slowly and insidiously corroding away in its internal passage ways without any way to be properly repaired.

As if to say "help", the engine started well on its last day and we managed to motor without a glitch into a berth at the far end of the Puerto Calero marina. And then, on dis-assembly, we noticed sea water in the exhaust manifold again - maybe a worn gasket from being used too many times, but it could have been a symptom of a crack in one of the cylinder heads or the manifold itself. We've seen it all before in our first engine, and now have no patience for old, unreliable motors.

No one had any interest in taking it off our hands in the rather somnolent varadero here. Perhaps they are more used to millionaires than ordinary cruisers. Maybe, a long wait for spare parts and a total rebuild might have prolonged its life some what. But every time we switched it on we always felt it was going to suddenly die on us at the wrong time.

The weather is just perfect here. It hardly rains in Lanzarote and at this time of year it's not too hot to stop work. With sales tax at only 7%, we probably couldn't do much better on engine cost and weather conditions.

Now we have a rather grubby hole where the old engine was situated so no doubt we will spend longer deciding who is going to clean up all the gunge than the job would realistically actually take to complete.

As so often before in our boating lives, we have learned to do as much of the work as we can by ourselves. The boatyard here doesn't really sell its services and we are wary of the "labour charges" so easily added to the bill just about anywhere in the world. Before we came here we asked about cutting a 1m by 50 cm hole on our fibreglass cockpit floor to be met by rolled eyes and a murmured "Que fea" (sounds nasty), followed by a phone call to a "specialist". In the end. we just used our 25 dollar jigsaw and cut the hole out ourselves, in under forty minutes, on the same day we came onto the marina pen that had been allocated us near the boatyard.

We've done about as much with a diesel engine as any amateur can ever have done in our boating lives - changed the pistons, rings, cylinder liners, valves, injectors and main bearings. We even carried a whole cylinder head in a back pack on a plane from Cairns to Port Moresby and installed it anchored in one of the world's most beautiful anchorages, sheltered by Saraoni island in PNGs Milne Bay.

In the Torres Strait we tacked across from Horn Island to Thursday Island to escape a monsoon storm with our 2 cylinder Kubota actually sitting in the cockpit!

But we've never installed a new engine, so the next few days should prove a new challenge, albeit an expensive one - 7800 euros for the engine plus whatever else we have to pay for!

The new Nanni diesel engine should arrive tomorrow, so we can then do the final measurements aligning it to the propeller shaft and fixing the whole thing down properly next week.
Vessel Name: Saraoni
Vessel Make/Model: South Coast 36
Hailing Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand
Crew: Alison and Geoff Williams
Saraoni is named after an island in Milne Bay which guards and protects one of our favourite anchorages - Kana Kopi Bay - frequently occupied by us while we were teaching in Alotau, PNG. We have lived, cruised and worked for the last 30 years on two very different boats. [...]
Extra: CONTACT DETAILS Telephone /SMS number +64 (0) 21 072 5262 +687 94 55 17 (New Caledonia number) Email (main email address) Note sat phone and iridium email suspended while no moanas to cross!
Saraoni's Photos - Main
The ABCs - Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are mostly low lying dry, scrubby islands in the Western Caribbean near the Venezuelan coastline
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Images taken in and around Suriname's capital
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River Images
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Images of the 2 islands in the Cape Verde island group we visited on our way across the Atlantic in 2013 - Sao Vicente and Santo Antaao.
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What we saw in the USA
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Unexpected meeting with old friends "in the woods".
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Created 24 June 2013
A brother found amongst the gorges of the Cevennes
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Created 10 June 2013
Photographic images of our long walk along the Appalachian mountains in the USA
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Greece is in the throes of a recession, but they still have the last laugh - never far from the sun, the sea, colour, culture and bags of history. The photos document our Aegean odyssey from May to September 2011
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Created 17 December 2011
O.K. We're mad, but we somehow prefer a home on the sea to one on dry land.
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Created 17 December 2011
Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - the three ancient city states of the Kathmandu valley have mediaeval architectural wonders in their Durbars and old town areas - a meshing and merging of Hinduism, Buddhism and materialism
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Created 17 December 2011
Some of the shots taken of us while on one of our 30 odd days on the three main mountain trails we walked in the Anapurnas and Helambu region of Nepal's side of the Himalayas
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Created 15 December 2011
People make the Himalayas a unique place to walk through. From Hindu rice and buffalo farmers in the foothills to the Buddhist villages in the highlands so influenced by Tibetan ancestry and trade over the passes
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Created 15 December 2011
Nepal has ten of the world's highest mountains within its boundaries or shared with India and Tibet - these are truly giant peaks!
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Created 15 December 2011
These were all photographed in the wilds of Chitwan and Bardia National Parks - which are two of the last havens of biodiversity in Nepal's low lying Terai district.
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Created 14 December 2011
Saraoni hauled out on Finike's hardstand for biennial maintenance and painting
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Created 26 April 2011
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Created 6 March 2011
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Ruined city
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Created 10 January 2011
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Created 30 December 2010
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Created 11 December 2010
The small rocky island of Kastellorizou is Greece's most remote island
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Created 11 December 2010
Cruising and walking Turkey's Lycian coast September and October 2010
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Images taken while walking sections of the 500 km Lycian Way or Lykia Yolu on the South West Mediterranean Coast of Turkey
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Post Circumnavigation

Who: Alison and Geoff Williams
Port: Tutukaka, New Zealand