SV Saraoni

21 April 2018 | Isle Tenia, Lagon de Sud, New Caledonia
10 April 2018 | Port Ouenghi, Nouvelle Caledonie
30 March 2018 | Goolwa, South Australia
25 March 2018 | Meningie, South Australia
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

New engine safely installed and we're off again!

13 February 2013
Alison, windy
Pic shows the Nanni engine just put in place by Miguel's crane in Puerto Calero

Leaving Puerto Calero and Lanzarote tomorrow for Las Palmas in Gran Canaria after 6 weeks on the island. The new engine has taken two weeks to install and we are now ready to see how it runs. We ended up doing nearly all the installation ourselves with only a few hiccoughs. We roped ourselves just round the corner into the travelift slip at high water twice to get the old engine out, then put the new one in a week later, with the help of Miguel, the grua (crane) man.

We got Gregorio, a local mechanic, to help make up some new metal bearers and do the alignment. Because the new engine is smaller and lighter than the Yamaha, it was fairly easy to give it a shove one way or another until the feeler gauge showed that it was all lined up vertically and horizontally.

Canarian tradesmen don't speak a word of English, so communicating about the finer points of engine installation has been an interesting and challenging learning curve. Long ago, we spent a whole year wandering through South and Central America from Venezuela to the Rio Grande in Mexico and by the time we left the area, we were able to have a reasonable conversation about just about anything, from the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua to the antics of armadillos and the Mexican economy. However, we never spoke a word of Spanish until we arrived in Menorca last year, so the dictionary has been in constant use these last few weeks!

The rest of the bag of engine tricks was relatively easy, although there were a few oddities that revealed themselves as we went along. The engine wouldn't start, just as Gregorio turned up for a final inspection to see what a mess we'd made of everything, and he gave us a withering look after finding the fuel tank was empty. The same thing happened a couple of days later, even after pumping up the fuel to fill our 40 litre top tank. We discovered that the Nanni's injection system is a "common rail" system, which meant that the diesel kept flowing from the tank round the injectors and back into our main keel tank via the return pipe. This meant that the top tank just drained into the bottom one, even when the engine was shut down through a siphon effect! We solved it by teeing the return into the top tank.

We got to the last part of the Arrecife Carnival, though we missed the Grand Parade. This was the rather bizarre ceremony known as the "Burial of the Sardine". Most of the island seemed to be in town for the event, which saw some rather amazing costumes, drummers and we even saw the next Pope - at least that was what a message said around his neck!.

The sardine was buried on the town beach, but we never got to see the poor piece of plastic fish being burned as we were too busy scurrying around trying to find the bus back to Puerto Calero in the dark surrounded by odd looking fake cars, shiny, metallic bulls and weird looking butterfly things with big feet!

The weather looks fantastic over the next few days and we should have a good passage to Gran Canaria.

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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Created 9 February 2014
River Images
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Created 28 January 2014
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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Created 19 August 2013
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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Created 6 December 2010
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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Created 9 November 2010

Post Circumnavigation

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