Waiting and repairing

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Bjørn Larsen
Mon 15 Oct 2018 03:18
Today Eva and I repaired the wind steering. We replaced the broken shaft, and we did it over open water on a choppy sea. We had good instructions from Hydrovane, but as it often is, the instructions does not fully aply. But we found the way, and did it without loosing any parts or pieces in the sea. We were very happy (and proud) when the job was successfully completed.

The weather window seems to open on Thursday. So Wednesday I shall say good by to Eva, meet the new crew, and do the checkout.

It is blowing steady 20 kn pluss here outside Big Mama Yachtclub. So we are very happy that we last Saturday, with a little less wind, managed to dinghy ride to the town and buy 120 liters of diesel. We got a little wet, and it took almost half an hour to get back to the anchorage. Now we have all the fuel we have capacity for, and that shall be enough for 5 days motoring. The leg to New Zealand may give both a lot of wind and totally calm...

I am of course very sorry that Eva cannot join me for this last leg, but what has to be, has to be. And I shall be happy to have Mia and David as crew. Mia, who has been with us since Bora Bora, feels almost like family now, and she knows David and says he is a good man, and experienced. It could be worse.

We are still in the tropics, but the temperature has not risen to more than 23 degrees today, and with the stiff breeze Eva has donned a fleece jacket. When we get to New Zealand, we can expect closer to 15. It is spring there. We have dug out the foul weather gear and thick fleece sweaters.

We shall hopefully arrive there around the 27th, and then we need some more than a week to sort out things before we can fly home.