TIME: 2016/06/03 04:10
COMMENT: Beach House – Moored – South Fakarava Atoll
The sail yesterday from Tahanea to Fakarava was big squalls with lots of wind, rain and then poof!
We ended up motoring the last 15 of the 52 miles.
The pass was a bit of a challenge with current up to 4 knots against us on entry and if I hadn\’t been here before, would have been quite daunting as the
engine saga continues. I took the thermostat out of the port engine and determined that our coolant leak might be from the thermostat housing not sealing well despite having even put in a new gasket? The engine after running for well over an hour never even completely warmed up and the coolant leak was far less.
Our generator gave an error code yesterday and in today\’s squalls and rain, I\’ll try and sort it out. (It never ends folks…:-)
We\’re on a mooring that I was on 7 years ago and this is a magical spot where there are hundreds of Grey Reef Sharks that you can swim with on every dive.
The pass has to be flowing in and the local owner of Teteamanu at the entrance knows when that happens. This was one of Cindy and my favorite anchorages and where we first met our friends Bruce and Alene on \”Migration\” Bruce and Alene are now headed toward Japan to sail back down the US West Coast and come back to the Pacific.
Kyle on \”Bubbles\” caught a big tuna as he came into Fakarava yesterday and we all went aboard \”Water Music\” for sashimi and a nice evening.
When they cleaned the fish, they started a bit of a feeding frenzy off their transom as the sharks came for the freebies….
We also caught up finally with David and Amy on \”Starry Horizons\” and had a quick catch up before they\’re off for the two day sail to Tahiti.
We may get some real catch up time late this month while we\’re down for repairs in Tahiti.
We\’ll be here a few days before hopefully heading off to yet another new atoll to us – Kahuei about 45 miles to the NW.
Scott and Nikki – South Fakarava Atoll