Boatyard Blues

Cadence Sails Again!

by Dane August 2, 2013

One train, one bus and two planes later, vwallah! On the morning of June 5th I was standing there amidst a mix of rust scale, red ants, bottom paint and coral debris, assessing the damage of the year’s neglect at the Raiatea Carenage. Up a rickety ladder and on deck, Cadence actually didn’t seem that worse for wear. The cockpit floor was coated in a soft bed of black moss and some idiot apparently chiseled away bits of the hatch boards in a lame, fruitless attempt to break in. The woodwork finish was toast. In general, however, she didn’t look […]

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Raiatea Redux

by Jessi February 20, 2013

There we were, back in Raiatea with our mutual tail between our legs. We said our sheepish hellos to the people still around, like the raucous boatyard workers, and the liveaboards like Lygee, Bernard, and of course, the ever-crotchety Helmut. Yes, yes, we’re back. Rudder’ broken, haha, no we can’t stay away, and all that. We were hauled out the next day in the drizzly rain. This time they didn’t let me stay on the boat while it was being lowered onto the stilts that will hold it up for the next unknown amount of months. They’ve put us, not […]

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by Jessi April 12, 2012
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We’re finally in the water and it’s truly amazing. The blues are bluer, the whites are whiter and life just seems a bit mo’ brighter, figuratively, anyway. It’s actually rather windy out here, as the near-constant whine of the wind generator attests to. At least it’s cool, and we’re not broiling in the humidity ashore. A recap on our adventures since last you heard from us: Friday, April 6th was my birthday. The day started out inauspiciously when I stumbled upon a cockroach Gettysburg during my morning bathroom sojourn. The previous night, on the evening bathroom expedition, Dane decided he […]

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The Good, The Bad and the Sweaty

by Jessi April 6, 2012
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Editor’s note: Surprise! We’re still in the boatyard. I know we said Friday was water re-entry day, but we live on a small island now and they take their holidays seriously. To whit: the Carenage (the boatyard) is closed on Friday and Monday for Easter, meaning we needed to be ready to go in Thursday morning (today). There’s plenty of reasons why we decided to stay, chief among them the easy access to power for projects Dane has to do, and to keep cold drinks and fish for my birthday fete tomorrow. So the new projected splashdown date is next […]

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The Home Stretch

by Dane April 3, 2012

Still high and dry, 1 day past our previous estimate. She’s coming along nicely, though. The main cabin has been bleached and vacuumed extensively, and the standing water in the difficult to reach forward bilges has finally been sucked out. The boat now feels clean and dry inside, and with our mosquito netting up, safe from those dastardly little ankle-biters which plagued our first days of boatyard life. As for the projects, they have largely been divided into “pink” and “blue” categories of late. While Jessi has been purging and cleaning cabinets, doing an extensive boat-food inventory and whipping up […]

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