Marina Taina; our neighborhood

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Moorea at sunset – the view from our dock.

Marina Taina has been our neighborhood for the past month. We have stayed longer than planned, but have thoroughly enjoyed every day. Projects have been completed, “old” cruising friends re-connected, and new friends made. Continue reading

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One thing and then another

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A steel hulled gaff-rigged cruising boat at the waterfront marina in downtown Papeete

There is a well-known aphorism in the sailing community that goes: “Cruising is working on your boat in exotic locations.” For us, this has been true for the past three weeks as a couple of important pieces of equipment broke, and one piece of equipment needed attention. We mentioned in our last post that we discovered a broken engine mount as we left Kauehi Atoll. A broken engine mount doesn’t stop the boat from sailing, but it makes using the engine for propulsion (when needed) very problematic because of the possibility of damage from a misaligned drive train.

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Engine mounts: Broken foot on the left. New whole foot on the right. Shipping cost to Papeete was four times the cost of the replacement part.

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