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20 August 2008 | In transit to Fiji
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Taravana Yacht Club....

12 September 2007 | Raiatea
Susan and Steve
..isn't a "Yacht Club" in the sense that we are used to, but a restaurant that caters to boats, both cruisers like us and charter boats. The food was outstanding, enough to bring us back for a third time, and they provide moorings as the water is 100' deep anywhere nearby. Maui Postma (photo) thinks he runs the place (the reality is that the dogs are in charge) and is a local with a degree in aeronautical engineering from UC Davis. . His English is excellent and the place is comfortable and lovely. We'll come back to this spot next year for the people and the food.

Raiatea is home to several charter operations, Moorings and Sunsail both have large fleets here, servicing the Leeward islands. Their customers seem to come from all over the world, US, NZ, Europe; seems like a lot of flying for a one week cruise. There are also "cabin charters." These are big cats with 4 cabins, a skipper and a cook; you can have just one cabin for the two of you, but you don't get to pick your boat mates. We dined next to one of these groups last night at Maui's Polynesia buffet. There was an Italian couple, a Brit or Aussie couple, a French couple and the honeymooners, who didn't speak, just looked into each other's eyes. They all seemed to be having a great time, so that boat at least was congenial.

We've consumed a total of about 300 gallons of fuel since we left Mexico in mid-March about 50 gallons a month for motoring, charging and refrigeration. We burn propane to cook and BBQ and use about 2 gallons per month.
Vessel Name: Surprise
Vessel Make/Model: Schumacher 46
Hailing Port: Richmond, CA.
Crew: Steve and Susan Chamberlin
About: Varies by voyage.
Surprise was built in NZ by Davie Norris at Franklin Boatbuilders in Christchurch in 1997. 2 Pacific Cups, Mexico, B.C. and Alaska. Next stop South Pacific. She is a performance cruiser designed by the late Carl Schumacher and, in racing trim, carries a PHRF of 6. Fractional rig, no overlapping [...]
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