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  1. AmericanVagrant

    Abort Mission: Marquesas to Los Angeles

    Thanks for the tips, sounds like Honolulu may be preferable for my purposes. I also read that Radio Bay has been closed. @El Boracho Although their ban prohibits us entering the contiguous European Union, French Polynesia has themselves opened up to all travel beginning July 15, provided the traveler follows their guidelines:
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    Abort Mission: Marquesas to Los Angeles

    @El Boracho Would Hilo be the best stopover for provisioning and possibly a visit from friends flying in from the mainland?
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    Abort Mission: Marquesas to Los Angeles

    Thank you, that's very helpful. Getting here wasn't particularly difficult, aside from the doldrums being very frustrating. I sailed rather than motored through and it added quite a bit of time to the trip.
  4. In 2017 I began what I intended to be a circumnavigation - a few months into my trip during the crossing from La Paz to the Marquesas, my mom's health declined substantially. With no one else available to care for her and her affairs, I put my boat into storage in Hiva Oa and returned home. Her condition continued to degrade since then and in December she passed. I decided to quickly resolve her estate and return to my boat in May to continue onward, when suddenly Covid happened. As it is now, my boat will have been sitting for about three years minimum by the time I'm able to return to it and I will have burned as much time as I had intended to take for the full trip. Further, there's no telling what cruising in the next couple years will look like. In the time that I have been home I started another business that I really enjoy, one which probably wouldn't survive me leaving again for a substantial trip (more than a couple months). Moreover, I have some other hobbies that I had been deferring until after my trip to get further involved in, but which I have invested myself in over the last couple years. All these factors have led me to conclude that I should defer my circumnavigation until later down the line. I'm 31 and although it is a prime age to do it, it's also the age I gave early on for when I'd move on from perpetual travel and begin setting up something more substantial. I spent my 20's traveling and am very satisfied that I've fulfilled myself in that way. So I'm looking for advice on planning the sail from the Marquesas to Hawaii and then from Hawaii to Los Angeles. I understand that I will want to head northbound from Hawaii until I meet the westerlies, but if I'm to do this all in one go what months would be best for it? I don't really want to hire a delivery captain, no matter who sails the boat I'd need to return there to do some work on it before she's ready for sea again. Thanks for any advice
  5. AmericanVagrant

    WHO: US has potential to be "epicentre of outbreak"

    We had an opportunity to contain the outbreak but the response was just too slow - and even now there is insufficient federal action. Much of our culture promotes bravado and a cavalier attitude towards everything other than dollars, freedoms and bald eagles. We're probably screwed, good luck everybody your government failed you.
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Not sure if this has been posted, but: February 10: Trump says without evidence that the coronavirus “dies with the hotter weather” February 24: Trump baselessly claims the situation is “under control” February 25: A senior White House official falsely claims the virus has been “contained” February 25: Trump falsely claims Ebola mortality was “a virtual 100%” February 25: Trump falsely claims “nobody had ever even heard of Ebola” in 2014 February 26: Trump wrongly says the coronavirus “is a flu” February 26: Trump baselessly predicts the number of US cases is “going very substantially down” to “close to zero” February 26: Trump wrongly says the flu death rate is “much higher” than Dr. Sanjay Gupta said February 27: Trump baselessly hints at a “miracle” February 28: Trump baselessly hints at an immigration link to the virus February 29: Trump exaggerates Tim Cook’s comments about Apple and China March 1: Azar wrongly says 3,600 people have been tested March 2: Trump falsely claims “nobody knew” the number of US flu deaths March 2: Trump says a vaccine is coming “relatively soon” March 4: Trump falsely claims Obama impeded testing March 4: Trump wrongly says as many as 100,000 people died of the flu in 1990 March 4: Trump says “the borders are automatically shut down” March 4: Trump says he believes there was a coronavirus death in New York, though there hadn’t been one March 4: Trump falsely claims the Obama administration “didn’t do anything” about H1N1 March 5: Trump misleadingly describes a Gallup poll relating to his handling of the virus March 5: Trump wrongly claims the virus only hit the US “three weeks ago” March 6: Azar wrongly claims there is no test shortage March 6: As the number of cases and deaths in Italy rises, Trump says the number is “getting much better” March 6: Trump falsely claims anybody can get tested if they want March 6: Trump exaggerates the number of people on the Grand Princess cruise ship March 6: Trump falsely says US coronavirus numbers “are lower than just about anybody” March 6: Trump baselessly muses that “maybe” the coronavirus improved US jobs numbers March 9: Pence says Trump’s “priority” was getting Americans off the ship March 13: "I take no responsibility."
  7. AmericanVagrant

    How has the coronavirus COVID-19 affected your sailing?

    My cruising boat is in the Marquesas, I was planning to return to it in May. At this point it seems getting back this season is unlikely. The reason it's there is because I sailed over in 2018 but my mom's health declined during the jump so I returned home to take care of her. She passed in December so I was putting the affairs in order to allow me to continue my circumnavigation. Oh well, maybe next year...
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    Iridium Go

    I thought the Go was great, really looking forward to Starlink as gspot alluded to. SpaceX is aiming to test in North America this year and attain global coverage in 2021. Would allow me to make a living at sea full time, whereas now doing so can be tricky.
  9. There are only two types of people that I won't allow on my boats: those that discriminate against others based on their beliefs, and the MAGAs.
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    Perkins 4-107 enduring leak on the pump

    I have a Perkins 4-107 that has been leaking diesel at the injection pump since I first purchased the boat a few years ago. The leak is coming from a high pressure side banjo fitting. I have given the pump to 3 separate reputable builders and no one can recreate the problem on the bench, they all say it looks great (it has maybe 200 hours since a rebuild). I've proposed that the lines might be bad and they all said no way, they look great. I had the olives changed on the offending lines with no luck. I've replaced the bolt, the washer and tried numerous different torques. I've searched downstream of the pump to check for blockages to no avail. A mechanic here in LA said that it could be a nick on the sealing surface of the pump, and wants to charge me a couple hundred dollars to mount it to his machine and diagnose. He said if it's a nick I might need a new pump, unless he's able to get it out with a soapstone. I have the pump with me, but the boat is in Hiva Oa, French Polynesia. I need to insure this problem is fixed when I return to my boat. There is a cheap rebuilt pump off a 4-108 that looks identical to the one on my 4-107. Is it? Should I buy the replacement pump or keep pulling my hair out with this one?
  11. AmericanVagrant

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Almost considered this mock-worthy given the context of the article, but if the reason for rescue was depletion of provisions then I can't hold that against the vessel. I'd say for $3k it looks like a good deal. From this article:
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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    Kinda interesting - the vessel mentioned above (with the rescued 78-year-old sailor) is for sale at $3000: How great would it be to see Rimas on this thing?
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    I don't recall what he said that led me to this conclusion, but I'm fairly certain he's in southern California...Lake Arrowhead/Big Bear areas I believe