Tahiti bound

Moxie - Beck Family Adventure
Mike, Denise, Asia and Aranya Beck
Wed 25 Jun 2014 18:47

We have just spent a few days in Rangiroa along with Remi Dee and Dafne, together we have six girls! Bruce does a great job of being entertainment master of the kids with endless towing behind the dinghy and including something he calls slingshotting. With the boat anchored, take a halyard and tie another long line to the end of it. Tie the other end to the dinghy drive away slowly to take up slack. Kids then grab the line near to the yacht. motor away in the dinghy. Slowly the kids get lifted 20 or so feet in the air and let go, they love it.

Bruce also entertained us boys refilling tanks and providing the dive boat, we did three dives in the pass (gap in the coral where boats enter the atoll). The tide runs really strong through the passes so it's a quick drift dive, unfortunately it's not quite as good a Fakarava and the majority of sharks were at 40 metres whereas we limited our dives to 30metres. On my birthday we saw a small pod of bottle nose dolphins which cruised by quite slowly, they were massive 4metres long, 500kilos, great photos!

Together we three cats went to a deserted moto for a few days where we had beach fires and joint dinners every night. We even managed to fly the kids from the parasail, we reverse anchored Moxie stern to the wind with 10 knots of wind and flew the spinnaker. Kids on a bosuns chair were the attached to one clew with a safety line and as the wind puffed they were sailed into the air and dumped back into the water.

We left the outboard for repair with the local guy and he returned it a couple of days later but it was no different, further diagnostics and apparently we need a new coil. (previous mechanic told me fuel pump). Anyway I told him to order the parts while we went off for a few days, upon return I find he is waiting to confirm that I'm ok with ordering because the parts are expensive. We are now 80 miles from Tahiti but still have no working outboard.

Mike, Denise, Asia and Aranya Beck
SV Moxie