SCOOTS in French Polynesia 2016 - By the Numbers
04 August 2016 | South Pacific
I sent this post last week via shortwave radio but for some reason it didn't post. So here again is a summary of our stay in French Polynesia...By the Numbers:
Days in French Polynesia: 90 (that's as long as we were allowed to stay).
Number of anchorages: 14
Most number of boats in an anchorage: 72
Fewest number of boats in an anchorage: 1 (just us)
Longest stay in an anchorage: 27 days (Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, in three visits).
Shortest stay in an anchorage: 2 hours (Hatiheu, Nuku Hiva). We stopped in specifically to swipe some Wifi.
Most beautiful anchorage: Hanamoenoa Bay (Van), Daniel's Bay (Eric)
Most comfortable anchorage: Haahopu Bay, Nuku Hiva (Van), Hirifa, Fakarava (Eric)
Least comfortable anchorage: Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
Number of islands visited: 6 (Nuku Hiva, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Kauehi, Fakarava, Tahiti)
Number of inter-island passages: 5
Number of atoll passages transited: 4
Longest inter-island passage: about 500 miles (Fatu Hiva to Kauehi)
Miles traveled: 1067 miles
Highest wind seen: 30 knots
Lowest wind seen: 0 knots (very seldom)
Number of boat projects worked on: 33. A motley collection of easy, short projects and harder, multi-day projects, NOT including the usual housekeeping ones like laundry, deck washing, interior cleaning, etc.
For those of you who thought Eric might be bored, here is a partial list of projects we worked on...
Removed the old radar and installed a new radar system and chartplotter,
Climbed the mast to reconnoiter and patch up what was left after the Code 0 ripped off the foredeck light,
Restitched the UV fabric on the staysail,
Fixed the port side water tank Tank Tender measuring tube,
Replaced the O-ring and lubed the gasket to reduce leakage in the foc'sl hatch,
Diagnosed and fixed an electrical ripple caused by the genset,
Patched up the frayed HF radio microphone cord,
Cleaned the accumulated grass skirt off SCOOTS' waterline and scrubbed the barnacles off her hull (twice)
Swapped out alternators,
Futzed with the autopilot wiring to make Bender more reliable,
Patched some holes and frayed edges on the American and French Polynesian flags,
Replaced some breakers in the panel,
Diagnosed, found, and fixed a fresh water leak sourced at the galley foot pump,
Pulled, reamed and replaced clogged head hose; dropped it in the water and hired divers to retrieve it in the process,
Swapped the 110v water heater element for the 220v one,
Changed the oil in the engine and in the generator twice each,
Replaced the engine's raw water impeller,
Replaced some burned out red LEDs in the galley.
Different nationalities of cruisers met: 15. American, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Swiss, German, French, Portuguese, Brazilian, British, Australian, Kiwi, Austrian, Russian, Bulgarian.
Different ways we said "hello": 4 Iaorana (Tahitian), Kaoha (Marquesan), Bonjour (French), Hello (English)
Coconuts picked, opened, and consumed: 2
Fish caught: 0 (we didn't try)
New bird species seen: 25
Whales seen: 0
Sharks seen: hundreds
Most water collected in a single rain event: 35 gallons