Category Archives: broken things

The Hatch Horrors

Water, Water Everywhere Several of our Lewmar Ocean Hatches have been a problem for some time now. Way back in 2011 as part of my preparations for cruising we replaced our crazed and cracked hatch lenses with new, shaded ones. Presumably new seals were installed, but we didn’t really address Read On..

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Dinghy Disaster II: Trapped Down Under

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..

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For Want of a Hose…

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..

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Why You Should Check Your Oil Every Day – Day 5 to Fiji

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..

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Look Ma, No Engine!

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..

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Camp Evenstar

Our home is out of the water and has been for a couple of weeks now.  We pulled Evenstar in Opua to get some much-needed work done.  The basic list is: New standing rigging.  All the wires that hold the mast up are original to the boat and need replacing.  Read On..

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Day 9 – Where to Start

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..

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Reports of Resurrection are a Bit Premature

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..

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The Benefits of a Broken Autopilot

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..

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Day Three – So Much for Uneventful

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..

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