On a Mooring 27-28 August
28 August 2020 | Mooring Field, Bora Bora Yacht Club
William Ennis | Too hot to work in the sun
Being on a secure, new mooring, out of the wind, is a great way to ensure a sound sleep. This is our third night and we've just enjoyed the entire time.
Case in point? Yesterday. We did nothing. All day, we lazed around, read, talked, gazed at this beautiful island, and simply enjoyed where we were, and our enormous good fortune.
Late last afternoon, we had a spot of excitement when a French couple in a catamaran began to cruise around the mooring field. At first we thought that they were looking the perfect mooring ball, but it turned out that they were looking to drop their hook! As we've said, that's not forbidden in this area, so when we saw what they were up to, I grabbed the official brochure, jumped in the dinghy, and motored over to allow them to learn for themselves. They were uninterested! Down went the hook with a dozen unused mooring balls surrounding them. As visitors to their country, we did not feel that it was our duty to report them, but when Francis the Mooring Guy dropped by for garbage collection this morning, we asked him about the situation In the end, they were forced to pull their anchor and move to a nearby anchors allowed area, which seemed a reasonable compromise. It's further out, not as well protected, and is officially for much larger vessels, but it wasn't our call.
Conni completed a second coat of varnish today, so the cap rail looks splendid. I'm unsure if she'll get a third coat, but it looks great and will provide a lot of protection for the wood. I worked on the AC problem of our blowing circuit breakers in the Carenage yard when we use their power. I think that we've gotten it down to my mistake of thinking that our GFCIs could easily handle 220VAC. The regular receptacles, could, but not those, and Conni's dad and I think that they might have failed into a "short circuit" state, initiating the breaker problem in the Carenage. We have two solutions. When we're in the yard, use only the starboard outlets since there're no GFCIs in that circuit. Out here, when running the Honda, we'll run an extension cord into the cabin while charging the batteries with the AC, and use a big power strip to charge our electronics during the battery charge time.
We think that we have the autopilot working again. We powered it on, and lo and behold, it worked! Well, it must have been a connection issue: 90% of electrical problems are mechanical problems such as loose screws and terminals. I patched in an ugly but waterproof and easy to use gang connector, so we should see the end of that.
I was going to work on replacing the chock in the cap rail today, but by 0930, it was TOO hot for me to work in the sun. The Mara'amu that is forecast will persist until next Tuesday, so we'll stay put here. If you've seen the photos of our location, you understand why.
We worked today, but also took some time off. We're sitting in the Bora Bora Yacht Club, using their Internet and sipping lovely tropical cocktails. It could be worse. The showers tonight weren't cold but not warm, either, but we were standing and there was plenty of water.
I posted two pages tonight, one page of photos from Tapuamu on Taha'a, and the second of photos from Bora Bora.