February 2012

T-Minus 17 Days

by Dane February 29, 2012
Raiatea Carenage

Bit by bit the pieces are falling into place. Jessi had a garage sale, successfully purging a good amount of stuff including her dresser, couch and dining table. She’s officially living out of a suitcase now, and folding canvas chairs in the living room make breakfast vaguely reminiscent of camping. It’s good to ease into things, I suppose. I’ve begun my own purging through Craigslist and with some luck we might have an extra $700 or so after unloading a couple of kayaks, guitar amps, miscellany… May sell the truck too, but that’s still up in the air. I’ll be […]

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Jessi’s Premiere Post

by Jessi February 21, 2012
Jessi in the Bahamas

Hey y’all, it’s me, Jessi, the less nautically-experienced half of the …(drumroll, please)… “2012 Cadence of the Sea Polynesian Cruise” crew! (Yeah, I just made that up.) Oh sure, I’ve been around boats since I was born, but they were powerboats and someone else was usually driving. Or is it steering? See, I don’t even know the right term. To me, “port” is the word for a delicious beverage, the “head” is the thing on top of my neck, and “stern” is the type of look I will be giving Dane if he tries to make me cook in heavy […]

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A Forsaken Yacht – Preparations for Polynesia

by Dane February 19, 2012
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It’s hard to believe it’s been 1 ½ years since I abandoned my boat to the ravages of the elements and time in the boatyard at Raiatea. Though I’d hoped to be back in less than eight months, finances and injury have delayed me nearly an extra year. I’ve endured this absence with no small amount of anxiety and trepidation, but have consoled myself in the fact that there’s little to nothing I can do for the boat from afar. At first it was, “out of sight, out of mind…” but as time passed little doubts and worries have crept […]

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The Blue Lagoon

by Dane February 15, 2012
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Boz put the motor in forward and idled ahead as I hauled the chain back on board, hand-over-hand. Peering over the bow into the turquoise water I saw the anchor lifting from the bottom, 40′ below. We had downloaded the latest forecast, a “GRIB” file, and it showed nothing but blue skies and pleasant trade winds for days. It would be a perfect opportunity to take a side trip to the “Blue Lagoon,” one of the standard, idyllic tourist destinations on the island. Of course there was a little weather disturbance forecast to pass about 500 miles south of us, […]

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