Leela Year Six - Across the Pacific

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

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
05 October 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
15 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
13 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
07 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
03 September 2019 | Raroia Atoll, Tuamotus Archipelago, French Polynesia
27 August 2019 | S Pacific Ocean
23 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva
20 August 2019 | Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
13 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
08 August 2019 | On passage S. Pacific
30 July 2019 | Puerto Aroya, Galapagos
24 July 2019 | Galapagos
17 July 2019 | Isla San Christobal, Galapagos

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.
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Vessel Name: Leela
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 38.8
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, NH
Crew: Graham and Janaki
About:
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. [...]
Extra:
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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