We Meet a Character
09 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
We arose earlier today, and got a lot of niggling cores accomplished. About noon, we headed to Fare by dinghy and refilled a gas jog used for the generator.
Our Norwegian neighbor, aboard Willhelm, dropped by some excess tomatoes that had been purchased and told us, as cruisers will do, where the only free faucet in town was located. Hurray! We added that stop to our list of things to do, too.
Since the water jug stop was near a roulotte (food wagon) that we had used last year, we decided to enjoy another meal there. I had (hey, I’m American) a cheeseburger, and fries and Conni had fried fish and fries. Both were wonderful and we chased the meals with a liter of cold water.
After returning to the boat, we offloaded our treasures and decided to skip travel in the hottest part of the day, so stayed aboard in the cockpit and read in the shade. Ahhh… I love the cruising lifestyle!
We watched the community come alive as the heat dissipated with the end of the day and I saw two horses wither-deep in the lagoon water. I’ve never seen a horse in salt water, but these two seemed to enjoy the cool water. I was glad that I was not swimming down-current of them. When I gather some more photos, I’ll post them.
We awaited the 5:30 Happy Hour at Huahine Yacht Club, then dinghies in and enjoyed another MaiTai. An older sailor (we later learned that he was 70-something) approached the table and asked if we spoke English. Well, after a fashion. It was a low bar to pass for a conversation.
Roy, as he gave his name, has been single-handing in the South Pacific since the 1970s, in a homemade ferrocement boat. Ferrocement boats were all the rage for home-builders back then. One had to design or buy the design of a boat, produce a replica in wire mesh, then spread cement over the frame. Ferrocement is incredibly strong (hence the name) and can even cure underwater, so repairs can be made without hauling the boat. They’re heavy, but virtually indestructible.
At any rate, he’s been sailing around the world since then and has even published a book, “How to Finance Sailing” or some such, currently available as an ebook. He makes jewelry and sells it for his income, but lives, he says, on $3000 a year. That is not much money! He regaled us with stories of the famous and not-so-famous whom he has met during the years, besmirching most of their reputations, other than my hero, Bernard Moitessier. At any rate, he’s quite a character! We have a date to meet him on his boat tomorrow at 5PM. I’ll take photos.
It’s 9PM and we’re running the generator. We run it at least 1-1/2 hours a day to keep up with the fridge’s energy use, and we’re considering some options. Of course, running the generator is cheaper and easier than a new fridge, but we’re beginning to begrudge the hours of roar in the cockpit as we charge the batteries. The technology has improved dramatically since 1984 when this fridge was built and installed, so we do have several options, including the CoolBlue made by the same guy who desgned and sold us our water maker. The units are terribly expensive but could save us 50% of our energy outlay. That’s significant. More as we consider the options.
Debbie and Philippe arrive on Sunday so we’re arranging our plans for that treat. They’re a lot of fun and very low maintenance.