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    No its just a big bucket that gets filled up every tide , Tom, and then it needs to get out. I think wave action pushes the water in and over the fringing reef, but to get out it goes out the drain ... the pass. North Minerva reef is like that too.
    It effects timing too, its real slack tide is about an hour and a 1/2 or 2 hours after published low, which shows you what sort of back up is in there. Some people say 1/2 tide is best for that same reason. I say get there and have a look at the wave at the entrance.

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    The boy , who is now 22, has come home from uni in Tasmania. Somehow he's wangled his way into a job sailing Ngataki.
    Ngataki is a brick of a boat , husky , burly, but much loved in NZ as the depression era ocean cruiser built in the backyard by Johnny Wray.
    He wrote the NZ classic boating book , South Sea Vagabonds, which is a highly interesting and amusing book of adventure and misadventure . Still in print ( or reprinted recently).
    She's been restored by the Tino Rawa trust , the same people who own Tucana( the last boat he had custody of before heading off to school.)


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    seems it's great for filling with mates and using as a mothership... rumour has it you can sleep 7 in there.... with 2 bunks.

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    I read that book. A fair dose of poetic licence but a very entertaining book! I particularly like the bit about the launching. Is the current Ngataki the original or a reproduction?

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    Same boat Rick.
    Yes they do seem to fit quite a few in there eh Jase.

    So after my new tohatsu 3.5 crapped out at 10 months old due to an unfit for purpose fuel tap, Tohatsu wouldn't fix it under warranty.
    They were quite happy to sell me another tap for $50 though, it came right out the big bucket of new fuel taps sitting there at the counter.
    Oh I see, I thought, its' the ink jet printer business model, sell the motor and then make their profit from (ink)parts and service.
    I fitted the fuel tap, in effect not much more than an end loaded plastic bolt with a mild steel washer and nut. The washer and nut corrodes, loads the plastic thread and shears it off. The fuel then dumps over your teak, transom or the sea. Or all 3.
    So I took the 3.5 along with the 9.8 away to the pacific islands, and in Neiafu I put it on the dinghy to get ashore, at which time it dumped its' fuel again on its second unfit for purpose fuel tap.
    So that slightly over 1 year old Tohatsu 3.5 then became metal baggage we carried for 3000 odd miles .

    So why all this? So I can tell yall how to fix a 3.5 HP tohatsu!
    I just did it.
    Go to your yamaha dealer, buy a Yamaha 2 HP fuel tap, it' a properly made unit. It fits perfectly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    So why all this? So I can tell yall how to fix a 3.5 HP tohatsu!
    I just did it.
    Go to your yamaha dealer, buy a Yamaha 2 HP fuel tap, it' a properly made unit. It fits perfectly.

    Thanks for the heads up JB. I have a Tohatsu 4 stroke that I bought about five or six (or more?) years ago for my TS16, though it’s a 6hp and it’s probably got 2 hrs on it having been parked in the shed while I’ve been working away (last use I think was an EBS - that’s how long ago ). But I’m wondering if it’s the same fuel tap, probably quite likely and probably completely RS as well by now.
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    This sort of stuff is just infuriating Greg. So we have 2 Tohatsu outboards . One is the one handed lift onto the dinghy , go short trip outboard. The other is the 9.8 planing outboard , lets do a mission, go a few miles.
    As we know , my 3.5 is out of order ( till last night, when I fitted the new yamaha tap)
    So on the weekend we had a short , return in the dead of night trip ashore and we had to lift the big motor on . On removing the motor off the dinghy transom the next morning one of the toggles you use to tighten the bolts onto the transom drops off. This is a 2014 motor , call me old fashioned but I think of it as new as well.
    What the?
    say what?

    On inspection, cast alloy toggle handle, mild steel rivet through. The steel rivet has rotted and gone .
    So as I was picking up the new fuel tap for the little motor I had a look at all the yamaha motors on their stands. They have stainless rivets through composite toggle handles. I daresay they won't rot in 3 or 4 years when exposed to salt spray and a sea environment.
    I happen to have a dead yammy 2 hp as a spare which proves that. A friend gave it to me after he dunked it when he got knocked down in his 42 ft yacht. It was on its pad on the pushpit at the time but went underwater. ( snigger).

    So I've part picked the toggles off that and they'll do.
    but what next.
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    Friday here, goin' sailing tomorrow .
    But back to our trip....


    After leaving Fulaga we meandered up the Lau group chain visiting yagasa cluster , Namuka I lau and Komo islands. All well worth the visit although I might have said , we did have a hell night in Yagasa. A wind change had us backed onto the cliffs , I was on watch most of the night , had the motor running for several hours waiting for light to get outa Dodge.

    Komo on to Oneata., where we had the most ,let me say , exciting bit of navigating to do. As usual ( by now ) we entered a reef pass and had 2 or 3 miles to go to get to the island anchorage. We had a night passage to do out of there so it was a matter of going in slowly , marking the two dangerous bommies at the entrance with waypoints and having the 3 navigation devices plotting tracks. They all agreed, sighting the dangers agreed, we two boats , Riada and Mahia doing the same and choosing the same track. Good to go at 10 o dark.

    Why the night passage? .. because the next place was 70 miles away and we needed to see to go in and its only light between about 6.30 or 7 and 5.30.. So that was an hour of tense instrument navigating out of there between the 2 bommies at 100m apart and the main reef pass of about 4 or 500 M. Pitch black, cloud cover , no star or moon.
    We did that Ok running flat off in about 20 knots , so quite fast and then threaded the next reefs by Lakemba before hitting some relatively open water. And then on to Vanua Bulavu again.


    One of our friends was in a bit of trouble . He'd got a coral cut a month or so before and was fighting infection . Man its a worry, he'd had a couple of rounds of antibiotics and had been in hospital twice to get the coral out. He was back in hospital in Lakemba and that is a bad anchorage.3 days there with 1st mate and sister in charge of the boat, they did well but not without incident. They were getting out of there and heading to Malaka bay in Vanua Bulavu so we were going to catch up and stand by.
    That worked out well and he got on the mend after that, but it does bring me to the Malaka bay fish attack story...........


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    That there is a beltfish, Beliti( sp), and the knife is about 400 mm long , 16 inches say .
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    It jumped in our bed at 5 am.
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    The answer is yes, we do want to hear all about the big fish that jumped into your bed at 5am.

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    Yeah , thats bad leaving it like that isn't it, Not my intention . Got a phone call ,finally got my rear ended car back , went home , loaded boat , went sailing , had a party with all the old classics plus their boats, came home, had a big lie down.

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    Hard to adequately describe waking from what passes for REM sleep these days at 5 o dark in a remote anchorage in an island in Fiji because a fish has jumped in the bed between yourself and your wife.
    Kirsty noticed it first ,and while I was still saying ' whaaa'?' she announced that the thrashing was in fact a fish. Somehow she'd managed to scuttle up the hull and was doing a spiderman impersonation from the deckhead.
    What I could see was something silver going nuts and what looked like the beak of a piper opening and closing. They have a lot of long nosed , long beak fish up there, some called Long Toms that grow out to 3 or 4 ft in length.
    I must have have strung some cohesive thought together because there was no way I was grabbing it near any mouth parts. I grabbed it around its middle and peered at the 'beak', cept it wasn't a beak , it was the tail opening and closing from a streamline to a normal fishy tail shape. This meant the teeth were in fact at the other end.
    Once the geography was sorted out I clambered one handed out of that there bunk and put what turned out to be the slimiest fish in the world into a bucket where it expired due to lack of breath or crush injuries, or both.
    Spiderwoman detached herself from the beams and I looked around in the pitch black to see what barsteward might have thrown a fish at us for reasons of the mischievous kind.

    There were no boats in near proximity, Riada has about a metre freeboard then coamings . On top of the coamings is a hard dodger of another metre say. That dodger has a companionway thing going on but its 2 metres above sea level.

    We needed to investigate this thoroughly and properly , a mystery needed to be solved.

    ' What would Gus from CSI do?' I thought.
    ' what would Dexter from , er .. Dexter do?' I thought.

    First I looked around above decks . On the large hatch coaming directly above our sleeping heads was a slimy /scaly residue.


    Looking at the dodger hatch coaming obliquely and above that there was also a similar residue.

    AAAAH HAH.

    Using a convenient tool for aligning the track of the missile, a fishing rod, we worked out the probable track and trajectory......

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    Below decks in the investigation ..... with topper pad and sheets and pillows and all our sleeping stuff removed ..

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    Concluding the investigation it became evident that the aforesaid Beltfish jumped into the boat all on its lonesome, probably chased by something bigger and heavier,( not that there were any dents in the topsides) all was left to do was have a closer look at the business end of its physiognomy

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    Interesting how its mouth is shaped I thought , that beak affair there looks like it would do a nice job of clasping whatever unfortunate prey might get hooked in those backward angled lower jaw fangs.

    Then I opened its jaws a little bit, the beak withdrew and Nosferatu came out....
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    Friday here...
    After the fish attack we spent some time back in the Bay of Islands, Vanua balavu, it was about 60 or 70 miles to our next destination of Taveuni, unless the weather cooperated and we could visit a special place. It did, and the direction meant reaches instead of a run.
    The risk is the same as normal , if the wind comes up in an exposed location like this place , Duff reef, you have to ride it out at anchor . getting out at night would be doable but would expose you to more risk than staying.
    Its remote and not often visited except by locals who use it as a fish camp. Big Atoll with one sand cay about 2 metres above the water. You could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw the palms , they weren't there 5 years ago when my friend Dave went there in Riada II.
    You enter the atoll from the west between wide reefs and bommies and go about 2 miles in to the sand cay. Closer you get the more you need to sight navigate around the coral.
    Mahia there is a balsa core Lotus 1280 designed by Alan Wright circa 1990 or so.( oops .. maybe she's a cedar core, I'll have to check.) Great boat, walked this cruise, as did her owners Mal and Pauline. Like us they did all the 'local ' cruising and island passages 2 up ( with the occasional family visitor) and had crew for the ocean passages to and from NZ . we spent a lot of time with them to both of our advantage . They pushed us into some memorable places and experiences , and we did the same . This one was us pushing them to go to place they'd never heard of or would have thought of going to.

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    Greatest fish story , first time I have heard that one.

    Although I would prefer the fish to the copra rat which landed on my chest in the Tuamotous. This was followed by two hilarious rat hunting days ,with a full on midnight chase on our deck involving two bare asses a Hawaiian sling complete with a very bright deck light. The final score resulting in a number of gel coat chips and despite my blood thirsty intentions the rat abandoning our Contessa unhurt using the anchor chain and swimming ashore.

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    Guess what , its friday here.

    a rat! that would be a serious concern. yes the fish story has been repeated ad infinitum and caused great hilarity particularly amongst the 2 boatloads of people we invited over for coffee the next day.

    In this screenshot you can see The Duff reef atoll over to the right and the next destination about 10 miles away to the west, Weilangilala. The tiny speck in the SE corner of Duff is the sand cay.
    The tracker pings every hour , which is why it fails to show our track out and around to the west to enter Weilangilala.
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    Weilangilala is quite magnificent , but has this one leeetle problem , and that is the island is at the wrong end of the lagoon for the trades. So the guides all say anchor down in the SE corner behind not much of a reef.

    But , but .. there's an island.....
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    Later on in the trip we got know a Fijian guy quite well and were telling him where we'd been. He commented that the suffix 'lala' meant empty , or unoccupied, which we found interesting . A place like that would be difficult to live on , a bit small to live the castaway life and quite understandable .
    Now however , it is privately owned and has a caretaker.
    If you wanted any insight into what Fiji is like, one thing to take away from it it would be this . Fijians are the most welcoming and friendly people who want to talk to you and chat, give you food, be helpful. Offer something back and you're friends for life.
    So we'd only been anchored a few minutes and a panga came flying in through the reef from Taveuni, did a circle and invited us ashore.
    Getting anchored didn't seem so promising at first glance because we were in a deep lagoon , say 20 odd metres and right in front was a turquoise shelf. How to assess depth without launching the dinghy?
    Mahia took the lead and sounded it, it was 4 metres but shelving pretty quickly. We hooked up and sat on the lee shore and with 3 odd miles of fetch across the lagoon.
    Paradise. Riada sitting facing into the SE trade wind, the reef out of sight in the distance on the other side of the lagoon.
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    Were'going to head off for our usual christmas cruise in a few days. Its funny weather , been way too good too early. In my experience that usually means it'll not be so good over January. What I like to see is it blow like snot before Christmas and then we hopefully get some settled weather while away.
    In a macro kind of way last year was cooler and we had no ex TC come down or threaten us at all until really late . thats what held us up from leaving in may, a sequence of 3 or 4 Tropical cyclones busting around up there around Tonga and Fiji. This year we have really warm sea temps now! like 6 or 8 degrees higher than they should be , so I think we'll get a bit pasted over summer this year.

    Anyway , time to get that pacific cruise report done and gone. After Weilangilala it was a progressive move into more traffic and more built up areas. We hung around the Taveuni and Viani bay areas and had some terrific snorkelling on some very famous reefs.
    This is a Monk design a long way from home( talking about it in another thread reminded me) Cythera(sp)
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    Rabi island gave us a glimpse back into 'remote' idyllic anchorages again particularly at Albert cove. \
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    A lot of Outriggers on Rabi, they're Banabans from Ocean Island in the old Gilbert and Ellice islands.

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    We made our way through the Texas reef and back east to The Ringolds, Budd reef, but had a pretty trying night out there. Amazing what you get used to but I reckon we had 3 or 4 ft high swells coming through our anchorage, we had to wait to daylight to move. we ended up sailing out through the same reef pass we came in ( tight) and going back to Viani.

    Viani bay to fawn harbour , nice . should have stayed longer.

    Fawn to Savusavu, the metropolis. We stayed there a week but that was about 3 days too long for me.
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    Savusavu to Koro for a night and then over to Macogai . despite the poor weather it was fantastic to be back there . There's something about that place that just draws me in . Its the old leper colony for the south pacific and quite haunting looking at the old buildings and graves. It was badly hit by Cyclone Winston a year back , the turtle hatchery seems to be gone but they are rebuilding the giant clam hatchery. One man there! It used to be avillage with families and kids running around but the houses are all gone and the people have left.
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    Good thing you didn't have your undies on the line there JB!

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    Looking down on Savusavu. This is a clearance port. Great market , really interesting ,too busy for us newly formed introverts used to ridin' the open range.....
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    The beautiful LFH Mary Harrigan..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Good thing you didn't have your undies on the line there JB!

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    heheheheh... too much I could say to that...but . yes.

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    One of the buildings at Macogai , the old leper colony.
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    One of the small ( ex) clams at Macogai. We snorkeled on some massive ones in the bay.
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    We left Macogai in quite a breeze and stopped at Naigani for the night . Next day was threading the reefs up the North Eastern coast of Viti levu.
    It breezed up during the day and we shifted gears down progressively to keep boatspeed down. Its just a minefield...
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    That shot looks like nothing , but there were reefs right and left and we were approaching a tight s shape passage up by the islands in front.

    whoops , no more photos allowed according to woodenboat, ah well.
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    Success, just had to wait a bit..

    We crossed the Bounty boat passage in the Southern Lau group, now we crossed Bligh water south to North to Yadau island
    Yadua had the tightest pass we had made , except perhaps for the Hunga lagoon in Tonga. But it was different because it stayed narrow for a couple of hundred metres perhaps. 30 metres wide? perhaps less.
    Cool place though and exciting to do.
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    A lot of those pictures aren't showing, JB.

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    Yeah. Waste of time.

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    But they're great when they do show!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    But they're great when they do show!!

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    Agreed.

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    Encouraged by maxwaterlines persistence with the images, and its friday here.

    Yasawa island group is interesting but commercialised, so we became a bit weary about then. There were some highlights and its definitely worth visiting but it wasn't our favourite place.
    This pass at Blue lagoon was pretty cool, about 4 m deep at the middle.
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    I might have posted this one real time a few pages back... Dave Perillos old navigator now working as the market garden sales boat. She's been damaged a couple of times and repaired, now a cousin or brother of the guy Dave gave the boat to owns it
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    The manta pass just around from the manta resort was a must visit place . It was a buzz.... this unit was between 6 and 7 ft across right by the dinghy , we swam right with them ... fantastic. I'd recommend the place as tourist / fly in destination just for this experience.

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    Some chart perspective for those who are interested in that sort of stuff. Waya at the top left is the bottom of the Yasawa group, notice there are no soundings. there are none on the electronic charts either.

    The Mamanutha chain starting middle left around Navandra has a bit more info. You'll note the area off to the East , the coast of Viti levu, getting to and from there is quite tense. Actually the whole place is good for the core.
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    For me this was an invaluable tool and just a great buying decision. Its the Vesper vision AIS. Its on its own screen as opposed to an app on your phone or an overlay on your plotter( which it does as well)
    Apart from the AIS function this anchor watch was perfect for us . I could roll over and spy it from the bunk at night , if the wind was getting up or changing that would be often.
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    We came to quite enjoy what I'd call 'anchor watch art' for the history and sometimes strange faces or 'cloud' shapes.
    This particular art was interesting and I used it to get unhooked . The wind started from the North at Navandra, cranked around to the south east and then returned to the North east. The reason we were stuck up there is we had a wrap on a rock or bommie and were hanging off that. We'd learnt about that in Viani bay too, so after looking at the anchor watch I was confident that I could hang to port and motor North to unwind , which we did.
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    Great shots JB!

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