Tiffany and I are soaking up some resort time at Musket Cove Resort on Malolo Island, a very pleasant 15 mile sail from Vuda Point Marina. The rains parted right after my last post and it’s a very hot, tropical paradise again, unless of course you’re a frog. Tiffany and I took a hike this morning up to the ridge-line that runs above the resort. Every so often on the path, we’d notice a dessicated little 4-5” long frog dehydrated down to a little strip of amphibian jerky. Yeah, it’s hot here! At least now we can jump off the boat and cool off whenever we start over heating. Unfortunately we came in on a outgoing tide yesterday and the water coming off the shallows was about equal to the ambient 90 degree temperature. So frozen drinks at the bar were in order to assist in regulating our body temps.
5 months in Vuda Point Marina didn’t do much for Bodhran’s bottom. Upon leaving the marina, I’ll pulled up to their mooring buoy, cleaned a think layer of muscles and barnacles off and then proceeded to chip away at the hull’s crustaceal armor plating. I only got the first couple of feel below the waterline cleaned up and Bodhran is making about 1 full knot less then she should while motoring. With how think the bottom is, it’ll probably take me a few more days to get it all clean. Still we were able to make between 2.5 and 4 knots sailing into light airs on the passage out to Malolo Island, so I may have to leave the bottom cleaning job for manyana.
After 4 contacts at Trojan, I’ve finally got put in touch with a local distributor in Suva. I’m waiting for a reply right now. It looks like they might come up and meet me in Vuda Point and take a look at my batteries. For now, I’m just sticking close enough to internet to facilitate a meet without having to spend too much time marina bound.
………And the prize for the oddest thing that I witnessed yesterday: A man on a horse pulling a panga through the shallows between islands to pick up 3 kids from the resort and pull them back over to the island where the village is.