Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Is bigger really better?

Hope so - cause we just spent a lot of money upgrading our anchor!

The new Rocna
Our new anchor - a Rocna 33kg = 73 lbs.

Our old anchor - a Bruce "type" = 44 lbs.

That's a big difference and should really keep us from dragging (piece of mind). 

We chose the Rocna because:
  • Design allowed us to go bigger - it fit on our anchor roller.
  • Known for "superior" holding 
  • Plus the price was right with Doug's West Marine discount!
Of course, we still have to figure out how and what to deploy for our second/back up anchor.  But I know that Doug will make it happen.

Big event tomorrow! 

Sailing/motoring down to Keehi Marine Center to be hauled out for bottom maintenance.  A fresh coat of paint and new thru-hulls - Moondance will be good to go.

Great friends we have!  Some have "volunteered" to make the trip with Doug; others have offered us their boat to sleep in, plus their van for transportation. 

What a wonderful group!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Plan

Well, The "as far as we know right now" Plan!
Hawaii to Fiji - with lots of stops along the way!
Looks like short hops, huh? Except for the first one - it is about 10 days sailing to Fanning. Fortunately, it is supposed to be a downwind sail (going with the wind - better!).  And, we won't be in a hurry. We are going to enjoy the adventure and see as many places we can - probably our only chance. The best part of cruising - no schedule.  Well, except that weather thing! Thanks to friends on Tao for letting us copy their route!
Inventory Time

Love these sunsets!
So, the work on Moondance continues.

We are inventorying every locker and making our lists - and definitely checking them twice.
Who would have thought that a cruising boat needed so much stuff?  But, it does!  Especially when you are heading to remote destinations.

We have definitely changed.  It used to be hard to shed personal items, clothing, toys, etc..  It is definitely getting easier.  We always need more space for provisions and spare parts.

Guess we really are Cruisers!

"Not all who wander are lost." - JRR Tolkien