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In April 2014 we caught a rope in the propeller in the Gambier and damaged the thrust bearing. Without use of the engine we had to sail directly to Tahiti without stopping in the Tuamotus. We hauled Pitufa out in Papeete and spent 15 days on the hard repairing the bearing, cutting open and cleaning the diesel tank and renewing the antifouling.

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1/19: Friendly neighbours tow us out of our bay in the Gambier
2/19: Our course passed the infamous nuclear testing site.
3/19: Times with strong winds on the way
5/19: Gennacker repairs under way
6/19: The calmest spot on Pitufa on passage
7/19: Mahi Mahi (or dorade)
8/19: Anchored off Papeete with pirogue practice going on
9/19: Technimarine boatyard
12/19: When the shaft was pulled backward by the wrap of the rope, the housing of the bearing cracked
14/19: Filth, algae and muck accumulated over 25 years...
15/19: Home sweet home
18/19: Engine rooms on sailing boats are always too tight
19/19: Splash!