No News is Good News
08 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
We’ve been indolent cruisers for the past two days. We’re still hanging on a mooring in Fare lagoon.
Night before last, and into yesterday, we had downpour after downpour. I started the night in the cockpit but soon was forced to retreat below decks for sleep. The squalls deposited “Prince William Sound” level rains. Yesterday, it required 20 minutes to bail the dinghy via pan and hand bilge pump. What a downpour!
Eventually, the rain subsided and we used the opportunity to motor into Fare for more water and supplies. We were forced to wait at the Huahine Yacht Club for our laundry to be done, darn it, and had to suffer through a beer each and then two Maitais each. What we won’t do for clean clothes! We had a lovely evening aboard and got to bed early.
I had word from my sister, Debbie, that the pump parts had arrived in Nashville, so they’ll arrive on Sunday. There’s a 90° elbow and two 3/4” thread-to-hose barbs that I would have to remove from the old pump and install on the possible replacement, but If I go to the rebuild, that’s not necessary, and that’s the way that I tend to go.
I’ve had several people, whose opinion I trust, that using the water maker pump is not the better choice, so its use it now a distant third option. With the direction of the trades, we can probably get to Raiatea for the pump rebuild with no engine help other than the final docking in Uturoa harbor. I’ve already made arrangements with the Raiatea Carenage staff to help me with that rebuild on Thursday, after we’ve had our guest rest and then see what’s to be seen locally. All told, it’s a good plan.
Today was more of the same. We read, watched our neighbors, and did almost nothing. Shoot, we didn’t even motor to Fare! I don’t remember when we’ve done so little. I did manage to complete my huge book, “Castles of Steel” about the naval war in World War 1, a present from my brother. If you enjoy history, the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, so it’s well written and exhaustively researched.
Tomorrow is a bit more of an action day and we need to prepare for our guests who arrive on Sunday. We’ll be busier, anyway.