Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

Well.... to our own surprise here we are

14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020
24 March 2020 | The Gambiers, French Polynesia
08 March 2020 | Taravai Island, The Gambiers
03 March 2020 | Airport Anchorage, Gambier
21 February 2020 | Kouaku, Gambier Islands
17 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva, Gambier Islands
12 February 2020 | Rikitea, Mangareva Island, The Gambiers
25 January 2020 | Nuku Hiva
22 January 2020 | Ua Huka
14 December 2019 | Tahiti
16 November 2019 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
07 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
05 November 2019 | Baie Marquisienne, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 November 2019 | Nuku Hiva
30 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
20 October 2019 | Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Archipelago, French Polynesia
11 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia

Doyle Sails - Works great

21 March 2015
Let's start with the good stuff, actually GREAT stuff.
When we purchased the boat we received a new Doyle stack pack main. Since then we have added a cruising Genoa and a removable furling staysail. All of them are superb. They set well, drive the boat well, are easy to manage (most of the time) and look superb.

The Doyle service (Salem loft) has been equally good. When we ordered the Genoa Chris asked us where we were going and what kind of sailing we were planning to do and correctly told us we were ordering the wrong sail, too big, too full and too low at the clew. We talked it through and the result was a sail that performs ideally in the environment we are in (windy...).
When we wanted to add a third reef to the fully battened main they could have cludged it on to the sail but instead they unpicked a considerable portion of the sail and added all the reinforcement so neatly that it would be impossible to tell the sail had not been built that way. This included going over a batten pocket.

The removable staysail was built without access to the boat and the care taken to get measurements from the yard and validate them against blueprints (they built the original sails in the 80's) was enormous. It fits perfectly and works very well.

I would not hesitate to recommend these guys.

Doyle Sails
Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
We are a Brit and an Australian now based in the wonderful community of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We have a delightful home there but a couple of years ago we began to feel a bit over-domesticated so we thought we would buy another boat and head south. [...]
Leela, a Bristol 38.8 has turned out to be a wonderful cruising boat for us. Some might find it a little cramped by modern standards but it feels like just the right balance of living space and storage to us. She sails like a dream. She is remarkably well balanced and is comfortable in pretty [...]
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