On May 15th, 2016, we picked up anchor from Bora Bora Yacht Club at 12-noon, and made our way over to Tahiti. The journey was rather unpleasant, as we had headwinds-&-head-seas throughout the entire journey. Mercifully, the transit was a short one.
BORA BORA – TAHITI
Total trip time: 22 hours
Total trip distance: 152 nm
Total fuel used: 128 gals / 1.18 nm/gal
It’s always great to be heading to a new destination, but the feeling of anticipation was almost palpable with Chloë & Kal. No doubt they appreciated Kiribati and Bora Bora, but Kal in particular was looking forward to the great ‘Metropolis’ of TAHITI.
The Marina Taina was home to some of the most beautiful and current boats in the world.
Though we were enjoying our time at Marina Taina, our time with Chloë & Kal was coming to an end. : (
Over breakfast, we etched-out our plan for the remaining week.
- Take INFINITY to Papeete Marina in the City so the kids could enjoy the weekend nightlife
- Then head to Moorea for a few days,,,
- Head back to Tahiti, and rent a car for a couple of days to fully explore the Island.
Our son Kal loved the time in city of Papeete, remarking that this was his best time in the two months onboard INFINITY. (I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret that, but we’re happy he found his bliss ; )
After the weekend in Papeete, we departed Tahiti, and transited over to Moorea. (Moorea was great & turned out to be better than expected).
With Moorea under our belts, we headed back to Tahiti to rent a car, and do some exploring!
Intense, but magnificent weather as we get back to the boat at Marina Taina. Moorea in the distance.
With the kids now gone, it’s back to just Julie and I onboard INFINITY, once again. One of the ‘take-aways’ from cruising with your Partner is that you are forced into growing as a couple. We’ve been spending 24/7 together, living in close quarters, and often in strenuous physical and/or emotional conditions. I’m happy to say we are thriving : ) We’ve learned to rely on each other more now (than perhaps we otherwise would), and this continues to build respect, love & trust. With 28 years of marriage behind us, I feel new wonderful horizon’s are in our future.
About a week later, we got word through our agent that some poor weather was due to hit Marina Taina. I checked it out and it looked ugly. In fact, I had one of those gut premonitions that very morning. Coincidence???? God is teaching me well, and Julie and I have agreed to never ignore a gut feeling. 30 minutes later we let the lines slip, & we were outta there. Our exit was intense,,, seas were building quickly and I was seeing gusts of 40 kts, with the wind howling and cold rain sheeting down on both of us as we brought up the anchor. (which was amidst the multitude of bow lines zig-zagging from the rows of med-moored yachts). We kept calm, but I mentioned to Jay how it does not really get any more hairy than that. Over to the more protected Papeete marina we go!
With no real rush on our hands, Julie and I decided to stay put at Papeete Marina, and enjoy the convenience of the city. Several times during our stay, we’d walk to the Bora-Bora Lounge, to enjoy a cold beer. And other days we’d take our scooters around the Island. It was great to have the freedom to do that, and we seem to appreciate the scooters more-&-more as time goes on.
We meet up with other cruisers and Nordhavn owners from time-to-time. Imagine our pleasure when we pulled into Papeete Marina and saw Dick & Gail Branes from N57 – ICE DANCER II. The last time we saw each other was in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
For those of you who may frequent our blog, you’ve come to see our life at Sea is regularly interspersed with periods of repairing equipment. ALL boats are the same, no matter if Power or Sail, mono / catamaran / or trimaran, Fiberglass, Aluminum, or Steel. They all have issues from time to time, and this is just a fact of ocean-crossing boat ownership.
So which components needed attention this month? Fortunately, only three. (so far)
Iridium Sat Phone; this turned out to be just an Admin error from our Airtime Provider. We had renewed our contract for another year, but the airtime credit had not been applied to our account. Once we got to Tahiti, I was able to contact them by email, and once alerted to the issue, they quickly resolved it, and we are back in business. All tested, all working great.
Sub Zero Refrigerator; We had noticed our Fridge temperature rising from time to time and the Nordhavn Owners Group alerted me to the fact that the Condenser Fans have a limited lifespan. We checked the fan, and sure enough it was occasionally stopping. We accepted the fact we would need new ones, and ordered them through Hawaii. Then the Fridge died all together. Through several U-Tube videos, we learned that the failure of the condenser fan could put an additional load on the Start Relay, so we ordered that from Vancouver. The parts should be here soon. UPDATE; Our refrigerator parts arrived about 10 days later, and we immediately got to it.
Shore Power Cable; During a torrential down pour one night, our cable connections had seen enough moisture to short, basically fusing the North-American MARINCO connections together. Marinco spares are hard to find in Tahiti, so we were left with few options. We chose to chop the fused connections out of the cable and join them together, thereby eliminating further connections and making one single shore-power cable, out of the two. To this cable, we installed the 200 amp / 240v connector. It’s a beast! – made specifically for the SuperYacht vessels. We then had a completely separate cable made up with a 32 amp / 220v connection with seems the most prevalent here in the South Pacific marinas. No Marina? = no problem. We use the generator.
After a few weeks ‘free-time’, visiting restaurants and local Bars, we entered a maintenance period on INFINITY. Time for a rub-down and some wax!
Now back to the Fun! 5 short videos (from our Facebook page) of a diving trip we took with the owners of N62 – ‘WALKABOUT’, (John & Veronica – who were tied-up alongside Marina Taina). It is always a pleasure to meet other Nordhavn owners, and we quickly struck up a friendship. They invited us to a BBQ onboard their N62, and the following day, we all went diving together. Great times. : )
Happy Canada Day !
The local diving wet our appetite for something more adventurous. We had heard of the Tuamotos Islands and the great Diving offered there, but we’d have to backtrack several hundred miles to go there, and was it going to be worth it? Of course it was! We pack-up INFINITY ∞ and head for Rangiroa.