Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Un-Glamorous Side of Cruising!

Since it is Cyclone Season here in Fiji, we are staying close to the mainland and are definitely in "Project Mode".

Which means, the boat is a total disaster and we are eating out of a cooler bag, doing dishes in the Head (toilet), and sweating a lot.
Flavio's - come on in!

This is Fiji's winter, so it is very hot and humid.  Even the locals agree - and they are used to it.  Hah! 

But, we are getting lots of work done and not complaining too much.

Of course, we are still finding time for some fun!

So, instead of talking about all of the boat projects (boring), I will stick to the fun stuff.
So much wonderful food (and company)

Along with s/v Interlude and Tanga, we splurged for dinner at Flavio's Italian Shop.

Flavio's isn't a restaurant, but it does offer special lunches and dinners for parties of 10 or more. Just call ahead to organize it.
Just the starters - oh my

What a wonderful dinner - so many amazing dishes.  Flavio really did outdo himself this time.

My weirdest was the Beef Tongue; my favorite the Tiramisu - yum.  Everything in between was excellent.

Eating and drinking for 4 hours - what a special event which we highly recommend!
Lots of toasting at Derrick and Sara's

At the table with us were 7 Kiwi's, who had just as much fun as we did.

In fact, friendships were made and we were invited to Derrick and Sara's beautiful home (with a pool) in Denarau for a BBQ.

Lovely setting for a BBQ
How sweet is that?

They were great hosts and treated us to all sorts of yummy stuff from New Zealand - like lamb chops.

Girls enjoying the champagne
We spent the whole day visiting and had way too much fun.

It was a long walk back to the marina - hah!
Water birds

We have also been spending time at Musket Cove for some water and island fun.

We love that place.

Doug - what a cutie
Surrounded by friendly cruisers and a wonderful staff that knows our names and takes such good care of us.

Hopefully, we will get back out there very soon!
Friends on Interlude

Cheryl and Karen (s/v Interlude) invited us to motor over to Cloud 9 (floating restaurant) for a Fun Day.

Why not?

We had a great day playing in the water, eating pizza, and drinking beer.

Of course, that braves ones (not me), just had to jump from the top floor and make a Big Splash.
Love that colorful water!

We all had a great time - guess we need to do that more often...
Winning Yellowfin Tuna

Back at Port Denarau Marina, there was a big fishing derby happening.

We didn't go fishing, but got to see the catches.

The winner, a Yellowfin Tuna that weighed about 120 pounds.

We were hoping someone would send us home with some fresh fish, but no luck!
Flamboyant's are blooming

Wendy and Ian (s/v Outsider) invited everyone over to their boat to celebrate Aussie Day.

Like the USA 4th of July, everyone spends the day BBQ'ing and drinking beer - hah!

We had a great time tasting their home brewed beer, eating snags (sausages), a wonderful dessert - Pavlova, and lots of other Aussie favorites.

It was a great time. G'Day!

Plus, we have been watching lots of American football and learning all about rugby.  Go Fiji.

So, we have had a very nice January - even with all of project work and the heat.  Looking forward to more island time very soon!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Celebrating the Holidays - Fiji Style!

We celebrated Christmas out at Musket Cove on the island of Malolo Lai Lai - along with the rest of the Yachties. 

Christmas morning at Musket Cove
As you can see, it was a beautiful sunny day. Not quite what you would expect on Christmas Day!
Moondance decorated

So, we threw a big potluck at the Island Bar. With the help of Va and Josie, of course.
Potluck getting started

Lots of people joined in.

A big crowd that spanned 11 countries - at least!
Beautiful girls

We had turkey (which is hard to find in this part of the world) and lots of holiday favorites.
Fiji Christmas Tree

The best (in our opinion) the lasagna with bechamel sauce and the homemade Panettone bread which took 3 days of baking on a boat.

Pretty amazing.  
Homemade Panettone - yum

A great time was had by all.
Another one!

So happy to spend Christmas at the island, just wish we could have stayed longer.

But, the weather was changing so all of the Yachties headed back to the mainland.

Cyclone Ula was stirring up trouble... So off to Port Denarau we went.
Christmas evening at Musket Cove

We had a great time ringing in the New Year with our friends on Interlude!

New Year's Eve sunset
Dinner on Moondance followed by toasts at midnight at Cardo's - watching the fireworks and all of the crazy people. 

Even made it to 2am - wow!
Celebrating New Year's with friends on s/v Interlude

So, a lovely holiday season. Not the same as in the States, but we enjoyed ourselves.

Next year, we are planning Christmas in Texas with the family. Looking forward to it!

Hope y'all had a great holiday season and the New Year brings you good health and loads of happiness!

PS:  Last year, we missed watching our holiday movies, so this year we made up for it.

Below is a list of our Christmas Movie Extravaganza and it is a doozy!

Our personal favorites:
The Classics:
And the animated (with lots of singing!):
  • Frosty the Snowman I and II
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (love listening to Boris)
  • Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (good grief)
  • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
  • Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
  • A Pink Christmas (with the Pink Panther of course)
  • Shrek the Halls (we liked this one)
As you can see we missed a few, but not many.  Doug was very patient!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Haul Out - Completed!

Besides completed, we didn't have any unexpected "surprises".  Which is always good news!
Great view from the hard

Plus, it only took 3 days.  That's our fastest haul out (and cheapest) ever.

Life out of water requires climbing ladders...

A Big Thanks to Kiti and Yuve Marine for keeping everything going well and on schedule.
Hanging in the sling

Besides having our bottom sanded and applying 2 coats of antifouling paint, they waxed and polished the hull.
Back in the water - yeah!

Moondance looks wonderful!

Mo's team at work - no ladder required
Plus, Thanks to the staff at Vuda Point Marina for keeping Moondance safe and her crew happy.

To Mo's crew for making the haul-out as stress free (as possible).
Lovely Ladies!

And to the office staff, Nikki and Maria, for taking such wonderful care of us - as always!

Doug tackled a few projects while we were out of the water - like shining up the prop, greased the thru-hulls, replaced zincs, patched the dinghy, and lots of little stuff.

He was a busy guy!  My job, sanding, painting, and hauling.  Oh boy!
Sunset Bar - our favorite!

During the haul out, we got to spend some quality time at our favorite Fiji Bar - the Sunset Bar.  Great staff; great food; great view.

And a great gathering place for the Yachties at the end of the day, plus love their specials - like Happy Hour, 2 for 1 pizza night, and more.

Experts at work

What do the Yacthies do when they close the Sunset Bar for the night? Throw a BBQ - why not!
Yachtie BBQ - always a good group

Great company and conversation and lots of food.

They are a good group and we are looking forward to seeing most of them out at Musket Cove for the Holidays.
Karen (and Cheryl) helping us out again

Now, we are back at Port Denarau Marina re-grouping and provisioning.

We hope to head to Musket Cove on Wednesday - Christmas is almost here.  Yeah!

PS:  A very special Thank You to our good friends Cheryl and Karen on s/v Interlude IX who are always there to help us when we need it - and always with a big smile!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Made it!

And it only took 3 days to move from Vanua Levu island to Viti Levu island!
Early morning take off - not our favorite

That is very fast for us and means getting up early and long days - well long days for us.

But, we had beautiful sunny days and calm seas.

Plus, we got some good sailing in.

Unfortunately, no fish were caught (or eaten).  Guess we have lost our touch!

Malolo island

Now, we are back moored at Port Denarua Marina - which feels like Home Sweet Home!
Beautiful sunset over Port Denarau

We spent so much time here last year that everyone knows us, plus we have all of our favorite places to eat, drink, and be merry.

Like Cardo's where we spent our first night relaxing and eating their tuna - hah!

Now, we need to get ready for our haul-out and bottom painting job next week at Vuda Point Marina.

It will be nice to get all that over with so we can start celebrating the Holidays!

PS:  It is pretty quiet around here - most of the Yachties have sailed away for the summer!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Nice sail today across Bligh Waters!

You never know.  Our path across from Vanua Levu to Viti Levu is only 27 miles, but it can get pretty roughed up.
Mountains around Tavua Bay
So, we were very happy to have a nice/fast sail across - very comfortable.

Now we are anchored in Tavua Bay off of Nacilau Point on the island of Viti Levu.

Anchoring was a bit of a challenge tho. 

We tried a new spot and we quickly went from 60 feet to 10 feet and found lots of rock.  We re-anchored quickly!

It is strange (in a good way), we haven't seen another cruising boat since we left Savusavu.  Very quiet this time of year.

We are getting closer to Port Denarua Marina - maybe tomorrow?  Depends on how early we hit the road!
Pukalani (hole in the sky)

So far, we have hooked a barracuda which we shook off, a mahi mahi that broke the hook (rats!), and caught a bird (stupid Booby).

It would be wonderful to catch some fresh fish for dinner.  One of these days!

Looking forward to drinking cold beer at Cardo's!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

On the move again!

I know, strange for us, huh?

Captain Doug in action!
We finally left Savusavu and are heading to Port Denarua Marina on the big island of Viti Levu.

It will take us about 4 days of harbor hopping, but it is sure a good time to travel.

As you can see, we have nice flat seas and spent most of the day sailing along.

Very nice!

Calm coming thru the Nasonisoni passage - yeah!
We have big plans.

Getting hauled out at Vuda Point Marina and getting our bottom pained.

Plus, celebrating the holidays at Musket Cove with a bunch of Yachties.

Nabouwalu Village (Cocoanut Point)
Sounds pretty good!

Plus, we are looking forward to catching up with old friends and visiting old haunts.

We haven't been in that neck of the woods since May.

Hope the rest of our trip is as smooth!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Moondance is for Sale!

Finally!  I know we have been talking about it for awhile, but now it is Real.

Please pass our listing (see link below) on to all of your friends and family - a great boat in a beautiful location!

For our next adventure, we would like to buy a trawler in Mexico and travel around the Sea of Cortez and the Mainland Mexico. Trading a sailboat for a trawler just makes sense. More comfort and space, plus the wind never cooperates in Mexico. Of course, this will make us "Trawler Trash", but we are OK with that.

Plus, we want to do some canal boat trips in Europe - why not?

This move will bring us much closer to our Family and Friends (yeah!), plus we have missed Mexico. 

Until Moondance sells, we will continue to enjoy beautiful Fiji!

For all of the details: YachtHub Listing