Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

19 June 2021 | New Jersey
14 March 2021 | At sea
05 March 2021 | Raroia, Tuamotus
05 February 2021 | Raivavae, The Australs Group, French Polynesia
04 February 2021 | Raivavae, The Australs Group, French Polynesia
17 January 2021 | Tahiti
13 December 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
14 November 2020 | Pape’ete, Tahiti
14 November 2020 | Tahiti
01 October 2020 | Fakarava
24 September 2020 | Fakarava South Pass
19 August 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
02 August 2020 | Pape’ete, French Polynesia
09 July 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
21 June 2020 | Taha'a, French Polynesia
29 May 2020 | Cook's Bay, Moorea
14 May 2020 | Tahiti, French Polynesia
08 May 2020 | Enroute Gambiers to Tahiti
30 April 2020 | Rikitea, Gambiers, French Polynesia
26 March 2020

Tricks - Avoiding broken fingers

21 March 2015
Do you have finger-breaker latches? Stick your finger in, feel around for the latch (they are all in different positions), the boat lurches and crack... Anyway, this is one possible solution:
1. Drill a small hole for a pull cord. This is done by holding the latch in the open position (against the wood) and drilling right through from the latch side.
2. Bevel the hole at the latch to prevent fraying.
3. Run some waxed sail line or similar through the hole with a sail repair needle from the latch side
4. Put some beads or similar on the line and run it back through the wood and the latch
5. Tie the two ends of the line round the latch

Don't use wire (we tried....) and don't make it too tight. Either will result in the latch not engaging. Plenty of scope for creative modifications here.
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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