How to fix your yacht around the southwest Pacific; Summary of 2.5 years cruising in the south west Pacific


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Overview of 2.5 years Cruising Southwest Pacific and Eastern Australia



Leaving Whangarei, NZ, May 14
My Trip

or

How to fix your yacht around the southwest Pacific

Doug Nicol

Hakura

The Overview

• Left Whangarei 26 May 2014.

• Returned 28 Oct 2016

• Travelled 13 052 nautical miles (24 172.3 km)

• 42 crew (including Lorraine and John both twice)

Ocean Passages

• 5 830 nmiles offshore in 6 passages

In 2014

• 1st Whangarei to Neiafu Tonga

– 1494 nmiles and 12 days @ average of 5.2 knots

• 2nd Neiafu to Savusavu, Fiji

– 529 nmiles, 3.5 days @ 6.3 knots

• 3rd Veda Pt Fiji t Noumea, New Caledonia

– 765 nmiles, 6.2 days @ 5 knots

• 4th Noumea to Coffs Harbour Australia

– 896 nmiles, 6.2 days @ 6 knots

• In 2016

5thGladstone to Noumea

– 970 nmiles 5.5 days @ 7 knots

And finally

• 6th Noumea to Whangarei

– 1176 nmiles over 7.1 days @ 6.9 knots

Coastal Sailing

• Tonga - 467 nmiles over 84 days

• Fiji - 311 nmiles over 50 days

• New

Ready to clear Customs
Caledonia - 10 nmiles

• Australia - 6434 over 680 days

Major Work

• Neiafu - engine rebuild

• Noumea - fixing battery charging

• Bermagui - gearbox (not) fixing

• Hobart - gearbox (better) fixing

- New engine room hatch (wonderful)

• Sydney - gearbox replacement

• Brisbane - gas jets on the cooker fixed

• Airlie Beach - engine stop switch needs replacing (still not done)

• Brisbane - New BRS (wonderful), plus bags (big red sail)

• Townsville - replace spray dodger (wonderful)



Highlights

• Getting there and back again

• Spending time with my kids

• Reconnecting with old friends

• Meeting and working with great crew

• Being in the warmth (tropics or subtropics for 19 moths, 14 continuously)

• Seeing lots of marine mammals

• Humpback whales – Tonga, Fiji and Australia (about 300 in 2 weeks Sept 16).

• Sperm whales – Fiji and New Caledonia

• Dugong – Australia

• Dolphins (bottlenose, common, Indo-Pacific humpback, spinner, Risso’s, Melon-headed, and False killer whales) and seals – lots

Sunrise over the Kermadec Islands, 400 miles NE of Whangarei

• Plus a Croc - Australia



A great big thank you for all the people that crewed with me, whether for a couple of days or several months. I would not have been able to do it without your help.





To all the fellow cruisers I meet long the way, including some several times, thanks for including me and sharing stories and good times.



If you want more details of the various legs of the voyage, please feel free to read my earlier blogs.





Thanks Doug


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Leaving the Kermadecs behind


Flare training once outside NZ waters (600 miles NE of Whangarei)


A visitor from last night


Making progress under sail.


Me at work in Neifau, June 14


the clear waters of Tonga



The engine coming out


The engine going back in


Some the bits to stop the water getting back into the engine.


Tonga


Eastern Fiji


Savusavu, Sept 14
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Being attacked by fish


Me in Suva


off western Fiji


The new crew under training, Oct 14


They are getting the idea


20th December 2017

Cruising South Pacific
What an adventure. Loved the blogs.
20th December 2017

I've enjoyed following you all the way...
I look forward to your next voyage!

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