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sv Code Blue – Check Out and Windlass Problems — 8-18-14 August 18, 2014

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2014.
At Bloody Mary’s, Bora Bora

At Bloody Mary’s, Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Check Out and Windlass Problems

French Polynesia we checked out on July 31th with Gendarmerie in Uturoa, to go to Coral Gardens on Tahaa, a good snorkel spot. Our check out date was July 29th per Tahiti Crew. The G guy said we had until Aug 2nd, but later recanted to July 31st if you counted the days. We noticed our anchor windlass was making major growling noises and the up motor switch was getting very hot at Coral Gardens. We sent Richard, the electrician in Uturoa, Raiatea, an email via Sailmail asking if he could work on our Lighthouse 1501 windlass. He said usually he is pretty successful fixing them and Sunday and Monday he had time before taking off to Canada for his son’s wedding. The windlass problem had developed from the original installation, before I bought the boat and hadn’t noticed, where the top of the motor casting was cracked in three pieces.

Only two were put back on with lots of silicone caulk to help hold it together and reduce the water inflow. Water had been entering the motor from on top for about 13 years and finally froze the bearings to the shaft. They had to be cut off to install new ones. When we got back to Uturoa, Richard suggested we talk to the G guys and let them know we had windlass problems. Better to go and talk to them than get caught. So on Monday the 4th, G guys said to go across the street to immigration. Immigration walked us back to G guys and said to check them back in as it would only be a few days. So they did that. Then the G guys, (3) stopped by the boat on Tuesday afternoon, Richard and I had just installed the repaired windlass and Richard was at his car preparing a bill. I told them the repair was done and we would leave Wed the 6th, the day we checked out. Only one could speak English and that was very limited. They walked up to their car where Richard was so I introduced them to Richard. They talked French for quite a while. I went to the boat. Later, Richard came to the boat with the bill and explained the G guys were having a turf war with Immigration. Immigration should have requested an extension due to repairs, to Papeete officials, that takes several days to process. Wednesday was OK by the G guys. But, Wed. had really snotty weather so we left Thursday, 7th, 9:23am.

Bearings had to be cut off on the windlass motor pic.

Bora Bora

We got a mooring at Bora Bora Yacht Club and stayed until the 14th. Toured the island by walking to town. Put our gas motor on the dink and toured to the south end. The motor developed a low idle clog as we got to the southend. We finally figured this out after having lunch and trying to get it restarted. We did make it back but at a higher speed than we would have liked. ‘A Train’ tried to rescue us based on an email we sent at lunch, but we didn’t mention which route we would take and Russ took the outer island track.

We had dinner on 11th at Bloody Mary’s using their shuttle from Bora Bora YC. Very nice dinner and great reunion for us as we had eaten there when we chartered in 2005. Had dinner at Mai Kai restaurant on the 12th and Happy Hour where we met many of our past boater friends, Steve of Liward (also played guitar and sang during HH), Chris and Lena of Green Panther, Alan and Laura of Rhapsody, David and wife of Andiamo, Max, Elizabeth and children of Fluenta, and of course Russ and Gwen of A Train.
Steve and Judy
s/v Code Blue

Windlass Bearings

Windlass Bearings



1. Pam Driscoll - August 19, 2014

Wonderful that you meet friends along the way, everyone from the club is up in the San Juans right now,, I’m joining Wendy and Alan in Nanaimo heading south for a week. you two look great!!!

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