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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tuamotus: Boat Work in Paradise

View from Journey's mast, in Fakarava, Tuamotus, French Polynesia.
Journey is a Pearson 365 ketch sailboat.  Heckuva view, but I was there for repairs.
100 miles before arriving in the Tuamotus, Wayne heard a "Pop!" and noticed our mizzen mast began swaying.  

Not a good thing. 

He looked up and noticed the cable that is (was) supposed to secure our mizzen mast from our main mast (the triatic stay) was swinging, wildly, loose.  

Apparently, when we pulled our main mast back in Panama, the guy who went up our mast to connect cables after our mast was re-installed, neglected to properly screw in the turnbuckle that holds the cable together.  It disconnected, when Wayne heard that "Pop!" as our triatic stay detached.

He quickly used a couple of lines to set up a temporary support for our mizzen mast.  Doing so held it in place, but meant we were unable to sail our main or mizzen mast, and we crept along on only our smaller, working jib, as we were not about to change sails while underway in some rollicking seas.

We sailed 350 miles with the temporary fix, including through gusts near 30 miles an hour.  Before we leave Tahiti, we'll replace the missing part and I will again play mast monkey to reinstall it.  We will be in a nice, stable marina when I do it.

Location Location
We are currently in Tahiti's Papeete municipal marina (S17.32.380 W149.34.210).  We expect to be here for a bit (apart from 2 days of Pacific Puddle Jump festivities in nearby Moorea) until our triatic stay and a list of other boat maintenance and repairs are complete. The lat/long in the anchorage this was shot in is (S16.31.360 W145.28.419), Fakarava Tuamotus, South Pass area.