22 May 2018 | Penion Tiare Nui
We've done quite well the past few days but that's resulted in our being so exhausted that a beer, dinner, and bed were all that we could manage. Nevertheless, Wings is beginning to look like a boat that's getting ready to sail over the Pacific for a week.
We've gotten most of the tasks done but a few remain to stymie us. The propane leak hasn't been fixed, for example, and the wind speed system is still out. Conni's furious about that, but I can't imagine how we'll fix it. I received an email today that after we returned the masthead unit for repair, they couldn't reproduce the problem and returned it to us untouched. There's not much else but the cable and there's just no way for me to fix that out here. I think that I'll look for a wireless one.
We know that the fridge does work, it will start. The main sail is installed but wind stopped the final batten install. Conni finished cleaning the plastic windows in the dodger so they're clear again. I've got to buy lumber and cut and fit the wood that we use to attach our Jerry jugs of extra fuel and water. I bought SS U bolts for the purpose but the wood that I cut and fit in Mexico many years ago is completely shot.
We've had terrible trouble updating our C80 charts. The C80 is the main chart plotter at the helm, and it's old, now. The Navionics website at which one selects and purchases chart updates is not well designed and I've been in Chats with Navionics techs for days now. Each tech adds some other layer of information to help, but "Nora" provided what proved to be THE key yesterday: she told me how to select the chart area that we need. Done! We now have charts for the trip and we've checked that they do show the detail that we need for the areas of interest to us. I'd like to thank the persistent techs at Navionics for continuing to help us with this task, especially Ariana C, who worked with me for an hour on Friday. Thanks to you all.
Conni had work to do yesterday so we got a later-than-usual start. I tried to buy the needed lumber but it was "Whit Monday" here, a public holiday: nothing open. Still, we did manage to complete a lot of small chores that needed completion before we departed but the heat and many days of continuous work took their tolls. We were in bed by 1900!