(Pouheva Village, NE Makemo, Tuamotus, French Polynesia)
Four days passed and I’ve got four days of moves and wins to report.
One. We moved from our storm hole on the east side of Raroia back over to Ngarumoava Village on its west side. It was here at a little magazine that we found our first win – propane! What’s that about a company strike and a supposed propane shortage? Not happening in the Tuamotus. We just bought ourselves a 30 lb tank completely eradicating any cooking gas worries we ever thought of having.
Two. We finally had to move on from Raroia. After a final dive of the pass we lifted anchor at 4:30 pm and motored out on an incoming tide. There isn’t necessarily a fridge door worthy win to report for today, but we had a pleasant and uneventful sail through the night which is always a win in my books.
Three. Today’s move comes in the form of an arrival. We managed to miss slack tide yet again so we took our time surveying the pass at our new atoll, Makemo. After some hmmming and hahhing on our part, and some encouraging insight from our friends and locals on shore, we decided to give the pass a go regardless of the rushing outgoing tide. Oceanna made it no problem and our win was waiting for us in the anchorage. Our friends Matt and Kate, who we had last seen in the Galapagos, were anchored there and keen to catch up.
Four. With Oceanna now stationary for a little while, our fourth day’s move comes in the form of propane. A seemingly sketchy decanting operation that Steam-Fitter Greg ensures me is relatively safe. Hey, I’m sure the last thing he wants to do is blow Oceanna up himself. Right? Anyhow, the reason for the decanting is that the valves here are all French, whereas our boat tanks are American. Therefore Gregory has fabbed up a transfer hose with a French fitting on one end, an American one on the other, and no pressure regulator in between. This allows the liquid gas from the higher, warmer, and more pressurized tank to fall into the lower, cooler, and empty tank. And wouldn’t you know it, it works like a charm! So today we had two wins – a refilled propane tank and a next level breakfast, as I’ve just discovered Spanish Omelettes!