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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