Free & BrEasy - Pedro the Polar Bear
At 7am the boatyard (TechniMarine in Pappeete, Tahiti) was full of life. Hammers banging, machines screeching, men shouting and dogs barking. What a difference from our beloved Moorea. At 7.30 am precisely, straps were placed under Free & BrEasy and she was lifted out of the water and driven to a new temporary home in the boatyard by a Travel Lift. As well as checking out the rudder this was also an opportunity for a spring clean. We set about de-barnacle-ising, replacing zinc anodes, repainting the antifoul where it was beginning to bleb, removing the black tyre marks from docking in Papeete harbour, regrinding the fittings on the boom which were showing wear. In fact everything was going smoothly except the reason we were there - the rudder! The problem was that there was no. read more...
Andromeda of Plymouth - Party nights......well what else do we do when cruising?
Although we were some 850 miles away we thought we should join in the party spirit and have little Hawaian do ourselves with the shorts and the flowers and a little champagne courtesy of Marylin and Martin from Rocking Horse.They thought we needed cheering up after the latest round of challenges - thanks, it was lovely and Susan can report that champagne and two pain killers from Peg Leg's and you really don't feel much and sleep like a top. We hope you all had a great time and the party really rocked Andromeda certainly seemed to but maybe that was the bubbles.Lincoln came and looked at the gear box yesterday afternoon in the torrential rain and pronounced it in not bad condition. We have not damaged it too much and we should, hopefully, be able to leave in a few days after a few more. read more...