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VOICEOVER GUY: A family, cruising the world under sail. You first met them in Dinghy Disaster: The Panama Horror. Now they’re back in a new adventure in the land of giant crocodiles, poisonous toads, huge mouse-eating spiders, and drop bears. Fasten your seat-belts and prepare to be Trapped Down Under. Read On..
So here we are, almost a week later, and still in Savusavu, Fiji. Last Friday it went according to plan. Mostly. We got up and had breakfast, went to the market, cleared out of customs and spent all but the last $1.60 of our Fijian money. We set off around Read On..
Every book on cruising, every engine user manual, every “tips and tricks for not killing your engine” guide, every coastal and cruising instructional course out there says one thing in common: Check your engine oil every day. This is basic, but I am convinced that only the most meticulous people Read On..
If you’ve followed this blog you will know that the generator – a Westerbeke 6.0 kw diesel – has been the bane of my existence almost since the day we left cruising. If there was one “do-over” for this whole experience, it would have been to yank this stupid, leaky, Read On..
The Engine Troubles We didn’t blog about it when it happened, but we did lose the engine for a while last Sunday. We were concerned that a few people may be over worried about us if we made a big deal about it out here ? but after all the Read On..
The autopilot worked beautifully for about three hours, then right before dinner it coughed up an error message and stopped working. “Clutch is Overloaded” or some such nonsense. It then refused to engage in any and all calibration and configuration exercises, telling me to Check your wiring. What I am Read On..
For several years I’ve been trying to get other family members to come post on the blog, I finally succeeded! Give Kathy a warm welcome as a new blog author. – B.J. Some might look at a broken autopilot as thousands of miles of grueling hand steering and misery… but Read On..
Well the last twenty-four hours has proven an interesting course of events. The Bad News First In brief, last night around midnight just after I took over watch we lost the autopilot, it failed for what we think is good. It is tough to tell, we have an e-mail into Read On..