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FIRST BLOG ENTRY
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START OF TRIP
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(where we bought the boat)
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After departing from New Zealand a day late (Saturday April 15th), we made the 1100 nautical mile passage in 10 days. The trip was surprisingly uneventful. In fact, we motored nearly 90 hours because of the lack of wind. With the help of Peter Mott at Northland Radio we had daily radio contact and were able to avoid a developing cyclone along the way...
|Ready to be warm again...|
|Some flat seas...|
|Back to catching FISH!|
We arrived very late on the 25th and anchored just inside the main barrier reef for the night. Early the next morning we motored the last three hours to the Vuda Marina where we were greeted with a lovely song and cheerful BULA BULA's, which is the Fijian way of saying hello...
Customs, Immigration, Bio Security, and our Health inspection went without any trouble and by noon we were settled into a med mooring style slip. We re-connected with Lisa (s/v Enchanter) and she took us under her wing and gave us the lay of the land and took us (by bus) to Lautoka (one of the big cities here in Fiji) for provisions and to acquire an internet hookup... Big THANK YOU to Scott & Nikki (s/v Beachouse) for giving us the internet gizmo for Fiji when we saw them in New Zealand...
|$1 Fijian = $.50 US|
|The bus to town $1.60 FJ|
|Lisa & Cannela (s/v Enchanter)|
|Our first "Happy Hour" in a very long time...|
|Our first Fijian sunset....|
The one big job we had NOT completed in New Zealand was to haul the boat and paint the bottom. Like everything else in NZ, the cost for a haul-out is really expensive... Last year we met Adam, the manager of the Vuda Marina in Tahiti and he sold us a haul-out certificate for $50.... The regular cost for that here is around $250... GREAT savings...
|Boats stored in "Cyclone Pits"|
|We had to remove the wind generator....|
|And still didn't have much clearance...|
|Bottom paint on...|