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s/v Code Blue – Hiva Oa, Marquesas May 2, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
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Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Code Blue in the Harbor at Hiva Oa, Marquesas

Well we landed in Hiva Oa yesterday the 30th about 6:11pm PV std time. From PV, MX crossed the equator, then to Hiva Oa.

Position now is 09* 48.2′ S, 139* 01.9′ W with about 27 boats in this anchorage. 13 knots of wind from the north made a tricky anchorage and three boats lost their stern anchorage from the north while we were setting ours out. The check in lady agent, Sandra, is on holiday today, May Day? But OK to go into shore they say. The little store is closed here also.

We left 4-2-14 at 7:55pm PV std time and came into this bay anchored down on 4-30-14 at 6:11pm PV std time. Local time was 2:41pm, kind of weird with a 1/2 hour time change part. So total transit was 27 days, 22 hrs and 16 minutes. We took 41 minutes to anchor so maybe subtract this off the time. Start mileage 5877, end 8865 for
2988 total miles. Best 24 hours was 148 miles, worst 24 hrs was 59.
Motoring hours from 2991.7, to 3023.6 for 31.9 hours of motor.

Mileage by motor 128 miles

Date Miles Trip Odm Apx Eng Hr From Seattle

4-2  / 11 5877- 5888 2991.7 2994.1 / 2.4 Bandres Bay heading out

4-3  / 11 5893 – 5904 2994.1 2996.3 / 2.2 Near outside of Bandres Bay

4-3  / 7 5910 – 5917 2996.3 2997.5 / 1.2 Outside of Bandres Bay

4-18 / 12 7649 – 7661 2997.1 3001.1 / 3.5 Doldrum area

4-19 / 29 7679 – 7708 3001.1 3012.5 / 11.5 Doldrum area

4-30 / 58 8807 – 8865 3012.5 3023.6 / 11.1 Near Hiva Oa and wanted to get there before it got dark.


128 Miles by motor 31.9 hrs motoring per hour meter

2988 – 128 = 2860 miles by sailing

Only one Fish was caught, a Dorado.

We’re in Taahuka Bay near the town of Atuona (pop. 1500), on the island of Hiva Oa, Marquesas. There are about 27 other boats in the bay here that have recently crossed over the Pacific Ocean from the east. Not much is going on since it is May 1st a holiday and the town basically closes up. It’s a couple of miles walk by road or you can take a short cut and it’s about a mile they say.

I took a free shower near the building that houses the agent for checking into the country. There are garbage cans for cruisers so I made a deposit of our eight small bags of garbage, mostly plastic and cans. S/V Roundabout and s/v Sequoia are meeting up with us at six local time, to check out a pizza place toward town. We don’t have any local money, but everyone says we don’t need to worry about not having checked into the country yet. There are banks in town and ATM’s so we should be good.

Went to a restaurant tonight with Roundabout and Sequoia. Had pizza that was really good. For dessert we had Magnum ice cream bars, double caramel. On the way back Pam from Roundabout pointed out constellations and planets she knows by heart. One I didn’t know was next to the Southern Cross is a False Cross, bigger but not the real Southern Cross.

Steve and Judy Dauzenroth
s/v Code Blue



1. captnmike - May 2, 2014

Editors Note: I am having trouble with the table of hours, miles and what ever, so I have published the Post anyway. Sorry about the confusion.

2. duck1wheat - May 2, 2014

I do not want to come off like I am telling you your business, but I am concerned about the number of fish you are catching. Pelagic fish can be brought in by a bigger spread of lures. I am not sure how many lines you have out, but more is better. Have your longer lines on port, starboard, and shorter lines in the middle. I know guys who drag a daisy chain in the middle with no hooks just to stir up noise and bubbles. The center lines can be close to the back of the boat, especially if there is a little white wake back there. I would not fish the side lines over 50 feet back. Mix it up, and see if it works out. If you don’t have and you can lay your hands on some cedar plugs try those. Do you have a medical background? Code Blue?

captnmike - May 2, 2014

Steve was an engineer (forget the title) and was a Safety Focal at Boeing – sorry forget the story of the boat name.

3. Becky and Jim H. - May 2, 2014

So glad you made it. Thanks for the tiny shot of Jud on deck. Looks beautiful! Your celestial views sound outstanding. And Steve got some ice cream -ahhh! Becky and Jim

4. John & Daleen Reed - May 2, 2014

Congratulations from the crew of Omega!!! Wow…What an adventure you both are having…

5. pam driscoll - May 4, 2014

It looks beautiful, I’m glad you made it safely there and you can relax and explore now! I’m so excited for you too to be seeing what’s new around each corner! Pam

6. solpurpose - May 5, 2014

Congratulations on your safe arrival after 28 days at sea!!! True voyaging!

7. Huey - May 8, 2014

Congratulations! Quite the feat! Flying to Paris the 19th.

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