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Jan
20

Kitchen project

Three factors are really grinding down our nerves and energy in the Marquesas: the rolling in the open anchorages, the heat (how can you get anything done when you’re sweating like a pig even in idle mode?) and the nonos (in places where they make it to the boat). Hooumi bay is reasonably calm (at least with a stern anchor), the nonos haven’t found us… Continue reading »

Jan
17

Nonos

The Wikipedia only says the following about Nonos: Simulium buissoni, the black nono or no-no noir des rivières, is a midge species in the genus Simulium found on Nuku Hiva and Eiao, Marquesas archipelago in Polynesia. This short sentence gives no idea how annoying these critters are. Their bites itch at first, but after two days they get infected, swell up and keep itching like… Continue reading »

Jan
10

Two new articles in January issues…

January is a good month for us, at least publication-wise. Both magazines, All-At-Sea Caribbean and Ocean7, have new articles of us in their January issues. Birgit Hackl: Plant a Garden on a Cruising Boat, All At Sea Caribbean, January 2016, p. 42–46. Free download from allatsea.net. Birgit Hackl, Christian Feldbauer: Nachtwachen, OCEAN7 01 (Jänner/Februar)… Continue reading »

Jan
10

Exploring

The giant Baie de Controleur east of Taiohae is divided into 3 inner bays: we just spent a few days in the easternmost Hooumi, we stayed in Hakahaa with its charming village Taipivai when we visited 2 years ago and today we took the boat over to the westernmost bay of Hakapaa. Despite the northeastlery wind direction there were still quite some confused waves coming… Continue reading »

Jan
07

Time-out

After all the holiday activities, we have sought the quiet of Hooumi bay on Nuku Hiva and spent much time on the boat catching up with chores and, of course, chilling out a bit.