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

Watermaker - Works well

22 March 2015
Again, when we purchased Leela, she came "with watermaker". This turned out to be an overweight and under-maintained lump of metal that produced 2gpm in its prime and, at this point, would have been good as a backup anchor - so, after a year of thinking about it, we started again. We ended up getting a Spectra Ventura 200T. The T model is a little more efficient but cannot be used in cold water - suites us... It consumes a manageable 10amps and produces 7-8gph.

The compact modular form makes it ideal for a small boat. We ended up putting it in the wardrobe (thanks Janaki!). There were a few irritations with poorly made plastic parts causing leaks initially but, having battled past that, it has worked flawlessly. The idea that watermakers are a bear to manage and will take up half your life is now a myth. The key to this is the ZIon system (the smaller white block at the upper center of the photo). This injects silver ions during the flush cycle effectively sterilizing the system. The result is we can go up to thirty days between uses without having to pickle the system. Effectively we have to turn it on, make water, flush for a couple of minutes (just a couple of valve changes) and turn it off. Totally simple. The ZIon system is fairly new and is not particularly well documented on the website.

The main reason we installed the watermaker was to prevent having to lug jerrycans of water with my bad back but the liberating effect of a watermaker cannot be underestimated. We hardly use any fuel if we time our journeys well and we carry plenty of food if we forgo fresh stuff so we can head for remote areas for weeks and even months at a time. It also removes the stress and hassle of contaminated tanks due to being supplied bad water - an all too common problem.

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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