These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

19 September 2023 | Pension Tiare Nui
15 September 2023 | Pension Tiare Nui
13 September 2023 | Pension Tiare Nui
11 September 2023 | Pension Tiare Nui
07 September 2023 | Apooiti Bay
03 September 2023 | Tapuamu, Taha'a
02 September 2023 | Tapuamu, Taha'a
31 August 2023 | Haamene Bay, Taha'a
29 August 2023 | Relais Mehana Hotel, Huahine
26 August 2023 | Fare, Huahine
19 August 2023 | Aloe Cafe, Viatape
13 August 2023 | Aloe Cafe, Viatape
11 August 2023 | Apooiti Bay mooring field
08 August 2023
08 August 2023 | Apooiti Bay, Raiatea
05 August 2023 | Raiatea Carenage
01 August 2023 | Raiatea Carenage
31 July 2023 | Raiatea Carenage
28 July 2023 | Orion Guest House

Productive Day!

27 July 2023 | O'rion Guest House
William Ennis | Cloudy but hot
We were up early today, for no particular reason, so got to the yard early. We were both anxious to see if our dinghy work had been successful.

It was! Yesterday, we quickly identified the leak point and found that it was a failed repair patch. The patch did cover a fairly large hole, at least 2mm in diameter. Back in Anchorage's West Marine, I came across a product called, FlexSet. It's manufactured by a company that makes one of my favorite products, Marine-Tex, a structural epoxy. The FlexSet package advertises that it works above or below the waterline and can bond difficult materials including Hypalon, PVC, glass and other materials. Well, OK! I bought a package and we tried it yesterday. We did have Hypalon material so Conni cut a patch while I cleaned the remaining adhesive from the old patch. Hypalon, by the way, is nylon fabric coated in neoprene, and boats of Hypalon must be hand-glued together: an expensive process. Many less expensive boats are now made of PVC. Yep, the same stuff as plastic pipe, but with added chemicals that soften it to use in inflatable boats. PVC can be heat-welded by machines, so is much less expensive to manufacture.

At any rate, we followed the directions and applied our patch. This morning, we inflated the dinghy and our two valve replacements and the new patch held air. Amazing! FlexSet is important to us for two reasons. We can fly with it since it's non-flammable. It does work on Hypalon. We can do a lot of repair work on the dinghy with this stuff, so we're very pleased. We know how to replace valves and we can patch holes and re-glue stuff on the dinghy.

We had a calm day and it was cloudy, so we jumped on sail work. With a minimum of difficulties, we got the jib on, although I had to use a winch to hoist it. Damn! There was so much friction it was like hoisting a person up the forestay! I'll be sore tonight.

We still had some calm weather, so we took a short break and started on the main. The main is a much heavier sail, of course, so we knew it would be a challenge to complete the job. We have a zippered bag that rides on the boom, the horizontal member attached to the mast. The bag allows us to store the main out of the weather when it's in the bag, but allows fairly fast deployment and storage as well. We had the Lazy Bag (as it's called) repaired over the winter, so we had installed it yesterday. Today, with little problem, we got the main in the Lazy Bag and the battens installed, the fiberglass sail stiffeners that hold the sail in proper shape, so we have only a bit more work to do. Getting sails on makes Wings look like a sailboat, so it's a big deal.

After that, we had lunch back in the bungalow, and returned for a few more hours. I began work on cleaning our primary winches, a task that should be done every other year, and has not. The primary winches are large, complex devices with three axles or spindles of multiple gears each. Each spindle has at least one gear with pawls and springs, so when disassembled, it's quite a pile of great, pawls, springs, and shafts. Through the years, I've collected specialized tools and lubricants to make the job easier, but the complexity can be daunting. So, on with the neoprene gloves as I wash the terribly dirty parts in gasoline! This first primary, and we have 2, required 2 hours of work. The next one will be faster! That will leave two more smaller, less complex winches to clean, all in need of care.

Several years ago, a member of the Passport (the model of our boat) list serve said that he was looking to buy a boat that was for sale in the yard next to ours on Raiatea. I responded that I'd be glad to go aboard, look around, and take some photos. It was the beginning of a grand friendship. In the end, the Reinhardt did buy the boat, but in partnership with an American. The American showed today with his spouse and a friend, and we invited them to our bungalow for wine and hors d'oeuvres. They are fine people and we had a lot of fun. They'll depart for a few week's sailing tomorrow. Reinhardt and his spouse, whom we have not met, will arrive just before we leave, so we'll get to repeat with them.

Tomorrow, we have dinner plans with our German friends, Michael and Britta.
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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