These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

30 September 2021 | Home in Anchorage
16 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
12 September 2021 | Pension Tiare anui
10 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
09 September 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
05 September 2021 | Raiatea
03 September 2021 | Raiatea
01 September 2021 | Apu Bay, Taha'a
31 August 2021 | Apu Bay
28 August 2021 | Bora Bora
22 August 2021 | Bora Bora
21 August 2021 | Bora Bora
20 August 2021 | Now, Bora Bora
15 August 2021 | Faaroa Bay, Raiatea
14 August 2021 | Fare, Huahine
10 August 2021 | Avea Bay
01 August 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
30 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
27 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui
25 July 2021 | Pension Tiare Nui

Life on the Stands

24 April 2015 | On stands, Vuda Marina
Better Bill
It's Friday here in Fiji.

We began today at 0800 and I put away the tools at 1900: a long, hot day of work, but with some success.

Today's task was to install the new forward-looking sonar. It's a task that's plagued my thoughts and dreams for months, since we decided to buy a replacement device for our old one. I've planned the procedure but today was the acid test.

I started work yesterday afternoon to remove the old transducer using a solvent, a hammer, putty knife, and pipe wrench. Oh, yeah….I did curse a bit, but not a lot.

This morning, after a short period of effort, I was able to remove the old transducer. It surrendered with a surprisingly small resistance, actually, but we were both pleased. I foolishly thought that the main task was done, as we both did, but installing the new one was much more difficult.

Without going into every issue, we had to cut and fit parts all by hand, and it took a lot of time. The hole for the new transducer is 2-inches in diameter, and the old one was 1-1/8 inch in diameter. Centering the drill, as I've mentioned, was a task that I concentrated on solving and the process worked, thankfully. The fairing block was the main issue. Conni would check the fit of our last adjustment, bring it back to me as I stood at an 8-inch bench vise, file in hand. "File here some more…" and I did. About dark, we finally had a fit that we could accept and we caulked the so-and-so into place, with a minimum of caulk spread over both of us and the boat. Of course, we won't know if the task worked until we splash the boat tomorrow. If it leaks, we failed. How simple is that? I don't think that it will, though. You'll hear me howl from wherever you are if it leaks.

The sails were returned and need to be hoisted onto deck, the same for our dinghy, all of which is sitting below the boat.

Here are the final words about our billing issues. The Yacht Help people were as reasonable as they could possibly be. They were unhappy at what had happened: we paid for a lot of work that had simply not been done. We're pleased at what we received for the money that we spent and they seem to accept the price. I'd call it a win-win. So, thank you, Yacht Help. The local managers, Australian Paul and his lovely local wife, Tiko, were on our side and were always receptive to negotiation. For example, Paul went to fetch our dinghy from the repair shop and knew enough to request that it be inflated. The "repaired" rub rail promptly popped off. He told them how to fix it when it arrived at the boat, it was inflated and the rub rail was attached. That's good service. They want to provide a quality product for a yachter's dollar.

We have planned to go into the water tomorrow afternoon, giving the caulk as much time to cure as we can. By 1600 or so tomorrow, Wings will be a boat again and we'll be tied up at a shore-side mooring. Will post!
Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Constance Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
We've sailed Wings Southward from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, [...]
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