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Old 02-09-2019, 08:57   #31
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

The good news is that itís a ketch which will make your dockings much easier. Use mizzen alone. I can mizzen my way into my upwind slip easier and more successfully than with my engine. Even solo sailing
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Hmmm..... I note that the OP has not returned since his initial post. Likely he has already departed or bailed out, and we're wasting our time (yet again!).

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Old 02-09-2019, 14:44   #33
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Hmmm..... I note that the OP has not returned since his initial post. Likely he has already departed or bailed out, and we're wasting our time (yet again!).

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That's fine though at least we get to talk sailing.....and boats.
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

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Hmmm..... I note that the OP has not returned since his initial post. Likely he has already departed or bailed out, and we're wasting our time (yet again!).

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Of course it's a waste of time. If we had anything better to do we'd be doing it.

But even though the principal has left the scene we can still debate and argue and maybe even learn something...while wasting time.
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As Homer Simpson would say, "Mmm, boats."
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Old 02-09-2019, 19:48   #36
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

I was in Suva in the late 70's and you get anything fixed there. I am surprised the Nadi would be that enticing....
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

Jovially ask the skipper about some of his stories, and you will soon find out whether you are relying on his experience, or him on yours.

Once I found myself onboard where unbeknown to me, I was the most experienced person by far. There were no problems, but some individuals will deliberately seek out ticketed persons like yourself and throw you (and everyone on board) into some terrible situations.

Another thing to try, is to deliberately play down any ability you have to the skipper and see if he goes cold on you.

You really need to know why you're there, or that his reason is the same as yours.
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

If I were you, I would put my boat in a modest little lake, and keep it there.
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

Not sure what the problem is. I sailed over 800 miles with no engine after being hit with a 79 knot wind that knocked out my engine and electronics. I did have to be towed into a very tight marina at the end of the trip.
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I had an engine failure while exiting the Navula pass!,fortunately the wind and tide were with me and I escaped unscathed. The current and swirling effects were pretty bad and not for the faint hearted so I would not recommend an attempt to enter here without a reliable engine. Sure, it can be done but timing would need to spot on and the wind in the right direction .There is no room for error,the reefs around there are littered with wrecks.
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

Don't know why the engine is not functioning, but I'd want to find out before crewing. Unless there is a real good reason, I'd be inclined to wonder what other parts of the boat are not being maintained properly.
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Old 08-09-2019, 17:12   #42
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Re: Sailing without engine - Suva-->Nadi (Fiji)

I once hired on to sail a boat from Santa Barbara to San Diego. I almost walked away when I saw it. It was ALL WRONG. The engine quit on the way out of the harbor. It didn't sail well. Long story short...made it to New Port Harbor and I had had enough of the boat, and the owner.
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