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

Navigation tools - a mixed bag

22 March 2015
We have several layers of navigation redundancy - always a good idea....
The Raymarine E7 with Navionics charts is theoretically our primary tool (the reality is different). We then have both Garmin Bluecharts and Navionics charts on an iPad and Garmin charts on an iPhone. We also have a handheld Garmin GPS. We can get GPS position from our AIS/radio and our satphone and we have waterproof large area charts for general plotting. We also have a plethora of cruising guides with small detail charts. The iPhone and iPad get accurate GPS position from a Bad Elf Bluetooth GPS.

We have Activecaptain data on all our Garmin charts. Navionics decided to go it alone with a social information layer that is proving to be completely useless. I suspect they will end up with Activecaptain before long as it definitely has the momentum. Activecaptain has proven to be remarkably useful for up to date information about anchorages and locations generally. It is constantly being added to and can be downloaded for offline access. The green anchor symbol in the Garmin chart above is an Activecaptain marker. Clicking on it provides both information and reviews. I make a point of contributing whenever I think I can add value.

I said the E7 was theoretically the primary tool but the reality is that the Navionics charts are so appallingly bad for the Bahamas that we barely look at them. The image above shows a typical chart detail for both the Garmin and the Navionics. The highly detailed Garmin data (Explorer charts) has proven to be astoundingly accurate. We anchored happily at this location. Would we have done so without the Garmin charts? I seriously doubt it.

Last year we did at least use the Raymarine for passages because we could create a route on the iPad Navionics app and sync it to the plotter (creating routes on the plotter is a real pain). Anyway, Navionics updated their app and that capability has been removed. Now we barely use the plotter at all. If I could start again I would not buy a Raymarine plotter for these reasons alone - there are others that will be documented later.

Garmin BlueChart
Bad Elf
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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