South Across the Equator!
Our epic passage, 43 days into the wind, Honolulu,
Hawaii to Papeette, French Polynesia.
Images and text copywrite 2010 by Michael Traum
Farewell to Hawaii as we pass Diamond Head heading out of Honolulu.
Reaching in calm conditions, a good start.
Sailing is hard work.
The big hank on genoa in light air.
Our second autopilot
dies, broken drive belt.
With no more autopilots to sacrifice it was 900 miles Joshua Slocum
with the tiller lashed. Not fast, and a lot of work, but it kept us
going in the general direction of Tahiti without having to resort to
The tiller setting
needed adjustment any time the wind direction or speed changed in the
This little DC fan
was a real life saver in the sweltering heat crossing the equator. When
beating into the wind,
ocean spray usually means the ports stay closed up.
Inventory and re-stow
canned food. We had plenty of food on board for the long passage, the
problem was remembering where it was all stowed.
We had so much time
on the passage that a new louvered insert for the main hatch even got
made. Woodwork while underway is a challenge.
When rain squalls like
this one hit, the new louvered hatch board came in handy.
Louvered hatch board as seen from inside the main cabin. .
Landfall on the island of Tahiti made our six weeks at sea well worth
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