Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

24 September 2020 | Fakarava South Pass
19 August 2020 | Papeete, Tahiti
02 August 2020 | Papeā€™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
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

Life onboard Leela - The spaceship

22 March 2015
We are very much enjoying living on a boat. It is a small space but very comfortable (in large part due to Janaki's awesome cushion making) but there are many things that are different to living in a house. The following is a partial list of the things we do NOT have, in no particular order:
Stability (houses tend to stay where you put them....)
Mains power
Mains water
Mains sewage
Trash disposal
Personal transport onshore
Constant access to shops
Constant access to the Internet
Constant access to plumbers, electricians, mechanics, etc.

Some of these can be very stressful (waking up at 3am to deal with squall and a dragging anchor). Some can be very therapeutic (loss of access to the Internet). All of them require that you understand your relationship to, and impact on, your environment. We do well on some and not so well on others. We generate all our own electrical power using solar and we use a portion of this to make all our own water which is both extraordinarily liberating and satisfying. Sewage we store and dump far out to sea, not ideal but few options.

Trash remains a huge issue. Having to store it for fairly long periods on a pretty small boat definitely keeps us focused on the problem. We are careful how we shop and try to minimize waste but there is no recycling and little environmental consciousness in the islands. Packaging still rules and the amount of plastic waste in the environment is really disturbing, as is the fact that all waste gets burnt. Unfortunately the islands simply do not have the wealth to deal with this effectively.

Dealing with all these real-world issues takes a good deal of time and planning. We were concerned that we might get bored after a while but just living on a boat and having to maintain all of the systems occupies a good deal of our time when we are not sailing.
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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