These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

25 September 2020 | Home
20 September 2020 | Pension Tiare Nui
17 September 2020 | Pension Tiare Nui
14 September 2020 | Pension Tiare Nui
11 September 2020 | Raiatea Carenage yard
10 September 2020 | Raiatea Carenage slip
10 September 2020 | Haamene Bay, Taha'a
06 September 2020 | Vaiaeho Bay, Raiatea
04 September 2020 | Tapuamu Bay, West Side of Taha'a
31 August 2020 | Mooring Field, Bora Bora Yacht Club
28 August 2020 | Mooring Field, Bora Bora Yacht Club
25 August 2020 | Bora Bora Yacht Club mooring field
24 August 2020 | Tapuamu Bay, West Side of Taha'a
23 August 2020 | Tapuamu Bay, Taha'a
21 August 2020 | Tapuamu Bay, Taha'a
20 August 2020 | Uturoa, Raiatea
18 August 2020 | Raiatea Carenage
16 August 2020 | Raiatea Carenage
14 August 2020 | Raiatea Carenage
13 August 2020 | Raiatea Carenage

Work and Rest

31 July 2019 | Marina Taina
William Ennis | Hot, again
Our rest day, and with some luck, the last Wednesday in Marina Taina. How can I say that?

The engine is in place, bolted to the stringers and angle steel. Most of the connections to the engine are in place: raw water, exhaust, fuel (both return and supply), and some electrical. We need to connect the blower to the conduit so that the engine receives some ventilation, but we've got the missing flex hose and the fan. The bilge pump is in place and functioning. Conni and I bought the engine/transmission oil (they both use the same, as I said), and the coolant. We've done a lot.

Adrian will be on vacation next week, so we've got to be done this week. We're now under his gun on scheduling. We've got to get everything connected and working by Friday, a sea trial done, and then Adrian will start our warranty work and sign off on our installation.

I realize that I've been dark a few times, but as someone mentioned, my blogs are a bit unfiltered. Lest one think that all has been bleak, when Conni and I sit on-deck for cocktail hour, and we always have a cocktail hour, we gaze at Moorea in the fading sun and realize where we are. Days can be hot, but uncommonly are night so. Every time I look downward off the boat or the dock, I see these tiny coral communities going about their lives. We've made a host of new friends and have been introduced to a marina community of cruisers who know each other very well and who spend weeks to months here. We've got all the electricity that we want, showers (albeit cold), good and plentiful water, a side tie dock so we can step off the boat, and so much more. We like it so much that we're contemplating spending a few weeks here next season. We've got to have Adrian do some scheduled maintenance anyway, so we're thinking of several weeks here...but by choice.

Our return fuel manifold has failed so i've removed it and will take it home for re-working or replacement. Since we're using only the port fuel tank, I just connected the return fuel hose to the port tank return and we're in business. I also traced and labeled every loose wire that was cut and hanging after the engine removal process. After 3 days of effort, we finally loosened a turnbuckle on the forward port shroud. Conni can work on the rig tuning, now.

If we can complete our remaining tasks, and i think that we can, we'll motor.sail to Moorea, the neighboring island, stay the night, and then sail to Huahine for a week or so. After that respite, we've got to get the boat out of the water and decommission her. Of course, we stay in the Pension Tiare Nui, so we'll be in AC at night, have a car, and have hot showers. It's a world away.

Take heart.
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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