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Murre has Arrived Hiva Oa

May 24, 2011

Position: 09.48.16S 139.01.88W
Taa Huku Bay, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands
Wind: light and variable but beautifully cooling
Depth: 10 feet
Bottom: Heavy mud and rock (volcanic)
Anchors: bow and stern
Neighbors: ten other boats in this tiny bay
Language: decidedly French
Temperature: 82 degrees
Vista: Green and mountainous
Bar: 1012

Departed Cabo San Lucas: April 28, 0645
Arrived Hiva Oa, Marquesas: May 24, 1303
Days enroute: 26.5
Miles covered (noon to noon): 2775
Avg. miles per Day: 105
Hours motored: 6 (four in the doldrums and two to get into harbor)

Fresh food remaining: four oranges, eight onions, one squash (that I’ve had since January)

Water used: unsure at moment, but less than the forty gallons on the main tank, which continues to give. Washed dishes in fresh water today for first time since Cabo.

Looks like: Hawaii
Feels like: Hawaii
Smells like: Hawaii
Birds of: Hawaii
Sounds like: Paris

..and that’s just grand

It was a long passage, and I’m ready to stretch my legs.

All for now.

  1. Mark Aeolus M31 permalink
    May 24, 2011 9:14 pm

    Congratulations Randall!!! Gotta admire a man who follows thru with what he’s set his mind on. And your write-ups of the trip have alot of us checking in daily, great job. My wife asked a couple of days ago after I told her of one of your “interesting days”, why is he doing that? I just smiled and said, because he can. Do tell us how the perkins pans out. Mark

  2. Bolster permalink
    May 25, 2011 8:10 am

    Good on ya, mate!

  3. May 25, 2011 3:27 pm

    Randall – We are thrilled and relieved that you are in paradise now (and not the other paradise 😉 Fantastic that you only motored 6 hours! Congrats and looking forward to sharing your further adventures vicariously.

  4. John Stewart (Beard) permalink
    May 26, 2011 8:48 am

    Congratlations Randall. I hope you speak French!

  5. May 28, 2011 8:41 pm

    Thanks all for the well wishes. The writing up was enjoyable and helped to keep me sane.

    Mark, two oil changes later the Perkins is starting right up and running as per usual. I think the issue was the intake of saltwater through the exhaust.

    Beard, greetings! I do not speak French. If you do, be at the airport at 2pm. And bring beer.

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