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s/v Code Blue – Status Report Crossing from Fiji to NZ November 10, 2016

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[position] 20 23S, 175 17E
[heading] 190M
[speed] 5-6 kt
[weather] 10-20 kt, ESE, 50% cc, 1012, 1-2m
[status] winds variable speed, all well on board
Temperature 75 to 72 F.
Winds have been mostly 10 to 24 at most. Sometimes down less for a while.

Judy’s shift of 4 1/2 hours not the best, Heidi not holding, up and down winds, sail changes. Slower boat. Now 3am local, 14:00 UTC so my turn. So far enough time to do a report. We’ve been chatting with other boats at 6pm and 9am on 8.173 Mhz on SSB radio. We left a day earlier than other boats Rewa and Sequoia from Fiji to NZ, but they are faster and longer. Our mileage has been decent at 126 and 123 miles. 63 miles for last 12 hrs. 3778 trip odometer with 316 miles for the trip. Silhouette waiting for 20th or so.

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Left Vuda Point Marina Nov 8th at 1:55pm November 8, 2016

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Leaving Vuda Point Marina

Leaving Vuda Point Marina

Originally we were set to fill up fuel at 9:30am today Nov 8th but some boat came in and emptied their tank of 700 liters and we had to wait for the fuel truck that was supposed to arrive at 10am but due to other stops we finally got fuel to their tank at 1pm. Then we had to wait until they were done before we could start. They wanted to make sure they got what they paid for on their dip stick. We took on 42 plus gallons at about $2.65 USD a gallon.

 

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Code Blue – Getting the Right Size Stuffing Box Material 1/4 Inch November 6, 2016

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Installed - No Leaks

Installed – No Leaks

Things are going pretty good, boat wise, finally. Our stuffing box, this is a hose and bronze Pipe thing that stops water from coming in the boat via the propeller shaft. There is stuffing box material, Brits & Fiji folks call packing gland material. I bought some in the USA and brought with me but I find out it is 5/16″ instead of 1/4″ which is what the boat needs. Finally I figured out why my stuffing box was overheating, I managed to jam 5/16″ material into 1/4″ stuffing box space. Not good.

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s/v Cove Blue – Musket Cove November 2, 2016

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MC Sunset - Musket Cove Sunset

MC Sunset – Musket Cove Sunset

To Code Blue followers, 11-2-16

We finally left Vuda Point Marina, Fiji; 10-29-15 now in Musket Cove with mostly sailing, 18 miles to get here. Great sunset, mango ice cream cone and a beer on the 29th.
Got our:

1) Autopilot for main steering quadrant is working but first it said “ERROR 34”, only two 400 degree laps to calibrate the compass and a few more steps in increasing wind and swell conditions. This increased our mileage to Musket Cove, but turned out great.

2) Stuffing box — I tried to get a normal third layer in but didn’t make it, so it was getting too hot, too fast due to over tightening the stuffing material. Finally better but still a ways to go.

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Code Blue – Sugar Cane Train October 13, 2016

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Pool - Cool water with swim bar

Pool – Cool water with swim bar

To Code Blue folks 10-7-16

We wanted to check out another restaurant nearby Vuda Point and walked along the railroad tracks for a bit toward the Anchorage Restaurant about 1 mile away south and then a sugar cane locomotive came along, and I put out my thumb to hitch a ride and he stopped a ways toward the restaurant so I ran to the cab and jumped in. He started up and then stopped when he saw Judy walking fast so he stopped again. I blew the whistle, later a car was parked across part of the tracks, so the Assistant Engineer tugged on the whistle and kept it on until a lady came running to her car and moved it. About a 7 minute ride by train. They had two sugar cars with sugar cane on the back of the engine that was running backwards.

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s/v Code Blue – New Stuffing Box Hose & Anti-foul Paint October 6, 2016

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Cyclone Hole1 - About 7 weeks

Cyclone Hole1 – About 7 weeks

s/v Code Blue folks, 10-6-16

We are in Fiji at Vuda Point Marina on the west side of the big island. We were hauled out as only $50 USD to be put in a cyclone hole. Special price due to help getting boats to Fiji by the marina because of cyclone Winston, Cat. 5. A long trench pit with vehicle tires used as supports 3 sets on each side. We left Fiji Aug. 13th to go to Seattle for medical check ups and boat parts etc. I thought I could paint the bottom while in the hole when we came back with hired help of $8 per hour. That didn’t work too well so we had to move the boat to jack stands and for the first time I hired antifoul paint help.

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Code Blue – In Fiji Paradise, but on the Hard October 2, 2016

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Low Tide Sunset - Recent sunset from Fiji at Vuda Point Marina

Low Tide Sunset – Recent sunset from Fiji at Vuda Point Marina

To Code Blue Folks, 10-3-116

Anyway it seems we’re in paradise but working hard on the boat and even resorted to hire things out in order to get some sailing in to the Yasawas before we head south to NZ again. Still on the hard, Now on jackstands, boat is sanded and pretty well prepped to paint antifoul. We raised the waterline three inches due to scum and slime problems we’ve had at the waterline. Hope this helps. We’ve chosen Transocean ablative (hard type) from Malaysia. Autopilot main has been fixed but now prime & painting the motor case. Hopefully my windvane lower mount leak has been solved as re-caulked it Friday and Saturday. This slow leak caused the autopilot to get rusted and conk out. Now our auxiliary autopilot to the windvane is all setup with three tethers to keep it from falling into the ocean again. and we have another backup tiller just incase. We are replacing the stuffing box hose as it is 15 years old and not looking so good. First time cleaning of the heat exchanger and oil cooler at 3700 eng. hours. I looked at the oil cooler and it was pretty good, but a bunch of salts at the front end of it. I’ll have the valves checked for clearance of exhaust and intake. The move from cyclone hole to jackstands was supposed to be done at 10am and I checked the night before. Finally at 3pm the boat was starting to get on stands. Martin, Job Supervisor said he’s seen 3 days late a few times.

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Code Blue – Auxiliary Autopilot on Caliber 40 LRC September 28, 2016

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Caliber 40 LRC - Overall view of Auxiliary autopilot

Caliber 40 LRC – Overall view of Auxiliary autopilot

Here’s a picture of our setup for a Tiller handle with a Raymarine ST2000 autopilot setup on a Caliber 40 LRC. We’re in Vuda Point Marina, Fiji, in a cyclone hole. Soon to launch after antifoul painting. Now I have tethers on several points. Hydrovane windvane is off center so the steps can be used easily. An ST1000 would be way strong enough as the rudder is balanced.

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Code Blue – Falaga Island then to Vuda (Vunda) Point Marina August 19, 2016

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Vuda Point Marina - While going up the mast I took some pictures of the marina while at the top, when I was taking off the Maretron wind unit.

Vuda Point Marina – While going up the mast I took some pictures of the marina while at the top, when I was taking off the Maretron wind unit.

To s/v Code Blue folks, 8-18-16

Monday We went into the Village at Falaga (Falanga) Island, Moana-i-Cake, presented our kava with $50 attached along with the Japanese couple’s presentation then we headed to our hosts George and Ma, that they assign us to. George is the head teacher for the school so he was in school, Ma had lemon tea again and then gave us a short tour of the village in the rain and dropped us off for kava drinking at the chief’s house. This was our first kava drinking. Lunch with George and Ma, More village tour, then we went back to the boat to get our Viking Liferaft that was eight years old that would have cost about the same to service it as to buy a new liferaft. We met up with George with a wheelbarrow at 3:30pm at shore to take it to his house. Much easier than going around the island by dinghy to the village side.

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Pictures Buca Bay, Albert Cove, Daliconi Village, Vanua Balavu, August 7, 2016

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Bay of Islands – Small little islets and bigger limestone rough islands.

Bay of Islands – Small little islets and bigger limestone rough islands.

Code Blue 8-7-16 – Pictures Buca Bay, Albert Cove, Daliconi Village, Vanua Balavu,

 

Finally internet available, towers blew down in some of the islands from Winston and haven’t gone back up. Some spots just no internet service or with the one I signed up with, Vodafone the largest in Fiji.

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