Black Pearl

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Melting in the Marquesas

Obedient cruisers have two landfall choices when immigrating to the Marquesas.  Boats jumping from Panama end up at Hiva Oa, which follows the rum-line to idyllic Fatu Hiva.  Boats jumping from Mexico end up Nuku Hiva, an upwind bash to Fatu Hiva. …

Landfall Delirium

An errant wave blasts through my cabin’s open hatch.  I swivel the fan to whir over the wet bedsheet. Through the galley my footprints mark a moist floor. It isn’t so damp as dank. Dampness settles over everything, but dank rises up and with it the…

Sniffing for Land

The wind bellows into her sails and whispers “go”.  We are threading through squalls.  Spinnaker #2 “Mini Mexi” snapped off the halyard at the top of the mast—all green and white and red in the drink.  The four of us move like a fine-tuned…

Restless Watches

I have never “rested” so much.  I lie in my cabin for hours, turn on the fan, open a book, color, write.  I can even play guitar lying down.  In another world, one in which I sleep through the night and go to work in the morning, I rarely give…

Week Three: Equatorial Heat

It's hot.  Our water maker works like a champ, but requires running the engine for power, and we are fuel-limited.  The salt water pump to our sink tap is handy.  Cook pasta and wash dishes with sea water. Fill the squirt gun with seawater.  Laundry’s…

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