Batteries not included
08 September 2018
I promised to write about the good and bad. Well, this post is a mixture. Getting “stuff” to Uproar can be a challenge. We are fortunate enough to have had quite a few friends visit. They invariably ask, “Can we bring you anything?” Mais oui! We often have Amazon send them goodies and a wish list from Trader Joes. Many of our friends end up bringing cargo to Uproar!
But there is a limit to what airlines will allow for baggage. After over three years afloat, Uproar needed new batteries. We started out with great batteries but I made a few mistakes with programming the charging system that caused them harm. We have been limping along for almost a year. We decided to get new ones. Oh, they weigh 130 pounds each! APX is a shipping company in Miami who said they could help us. We had the batteries delivered to their dock by a local vendor. We also had our new sail and other boat parts shipped to APX. We even had a few Amazon shipments sent to them.
Two months have passed and I won't go into details. Suffice to say we are now in Tahiti and the pallet has arrived. Next step is to pay a broker to do paperwork and transport the pallet to our dock. This cost almost as much as shipping the crap from Miami! Who said French Polynesia was cheap? French wine costs 6 times what we paid in Martinique, but that's for another blog.
Yesterday the pallet arrived at our dock in Marina Taina, just outside Papeete. Everything was accounted for.....except the batteries! The broker was under the impression that the batteries were removed from the pallet in Los Angeles. Why, no one knows. I emailed Andy at APX and he said he will get right on it. Eva and Pajot from Cinderella stopped by with warm croissants aux chocolate. The local store had a sale. Thanks guys, that was great timing!
It is difficult keeping a cruising boat in working order and maintained. We know some cruisers swallow the anchor (give up cruising) for this reason alone. We talked with one couple at the dock who has been here for a month with no progress on fixing their numerous boat issues. Another boat sailed straight here from Marquesas, skipping the beautiful Tuamotos, because they had engine, anchor windlass and dinghy motor problems. It can be really draining.
Lisa and I were just devastated when we heard the batteries were not on the pallet. But today is a brighter day. We hoisted our new genoa and it fits perfectly. Looks like it will be a great sail. Thanks Brian Hancock, Great Circle Sails. We are plugged into shore power for the month while I travel back to the US and Lisa visits Easter Island. Who needs stinking batteries? I'm sure they will show up in the month before we sail to Moorea. But we will probably have to pay hundreds for custom broker and delivery again. That really hurts.
So APX, the jury is still out. Can you come through with our wayward batteries? In the meantime, our moment of angst has passed and we are enjoying French Polynesia.