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April 2001 - Proving that Nordhavns are oceans apart from the rest, four of our vessels arrived in the Marquesses Islands in the South Pacific during April of 2001. They were noticeably the only power vessels in the anchorage. The Marquesses lie in the northern area of the large island group known as French Polynesia and are generally considered to be the first logical landfall when cruising the South Pacific.

Each of the Nordhavns departed from different ports yet all rendezvoused in the tiny port of Atuona on the island of
Hiva Oa.

The four vessels making the voyage were:

N62-10 "ATLAS" owned by Jim & Jo Wallace. Departed from the Galapagos Islands.

N57-10 "BAGAN" owned by John & Janet Imle. Departed from Mazanillo, Mexico.

N62-15 "KARMA" owned by Marge & Marty Wilson. Departed from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

N62-18 "ROVER" owned by John & Gail Maloney. Departed from Dana Point, CA.

The distance traveled by each vessel was nearly the same, within 200 miles, despite the different points of departure.

We are happy to report that even with surprisingly rough sea conditions, each Nordhavn arrived safely, on schedule and without incident. Among all four vessels, the only gear problem was a water pump failure on ROVER. Luckily, this was a fairly simple problem to fix. While calm conditions were expected, 15 foot seas and 40 knot winds were experienced.

As recommended by P.A.E. during long passages, each Nordhavn started off slowly at low RPMs and gradually increased speeds as the boats lightened due to spent fuel. Following is some interesting data from BAGAN and KARMA.

BAGAN N57

Total Hours Run: 368
Total Distance: 2,697 nm
Total Fuel Burned: 1,350 gal. main engine/51 gal. generator Fuel Remaining: 569 gal.
Average Speed Over Ground: 7.32 knots
Average Nautical Miles Per Gal: 2.0


The Imles graciously answered our e-mail questions:
Q. When and where did you leave from?
A. Manzillo, Mexico 3/28/01

Q. How long did it take to get to the South Pacific?
A. 15 days to Hiva Oa

Q. Why did you choose this destination?
A. To sample the cultures here, the weather, the diving, and the sheer beauty. Not disappointed! And, we aren't getting any younger. We decided to do it NOW, while we have our health and energy levels.

Q. Why is this a great accomplishment for you?
A. A long time dream to travel the world "on our own bottom." We have been global travelers in business and now want to do it at a different pace and with a different focus. We also savor being self sufficient as a couple and knowing that we can deal with any situation well.

Q. Was this especially impressive as a power boater?
A. Crossing the Pacific by power boat is still a novelty. We are glad to have been "pioneers" in a sense. And we were the first N57 to make this crossing. This proves the N57 as a great design for long range, "couple operated" boating.

Thanks, we are in Paradise…..Moorea. It's really great!
John & Janet


KARMA N62

Total Hours Run: 361
Total Distance: 2,726 nm
Total Fuel Burned: 1,484 gal. main engine/18 gal. generator Fuel Remaining: 1,389 gal.
Average Speed Over Ground: 7.55 knots
Average Nautical Miles Per Gal: 1.84

Written by Dan Streech, P.A.E Owner/Manager

My wife Marcia and I flew to Hiva Oa as guests of Marge and Marty Wilson for two weeks of cruising among the gorgeous Marquesses Islands. Upon our arrival in Atuona, we were amazed to see that the little bay was full of boats but they were all sailboats except for the 3 Nordhavns. During our two weeks of cruising, we only saw one other powerboat (under 150') that had traveled to the islands on its own bottom.

Our favorite island was Fatu Hiva. We had heard about this picturesque and nearly perfect little slice of paradise from Marge and Marty as we were getting to know them during their purchase of KARMA. They had visited this island several years earlier during their previous circumnavigation. Marty described it as the most beautiful place on earth, and I can tell you that he might be right.

The Marquesses are geologically "young" volcanic Islands and therefore don't have many good protected anchorages. Most anchorages are open roadstead or at best have a swell or surge rolling thru them. We used the flopper stoppers in most anchorages, which made life aboard quite pleasant. The islands have a cornucopia of fruit, which we picked and brought aboard the boat. Of course, there were bananas and coconuts everywhere for the taking, but we also found limes, mangos, pamplemousse (like grapefruit), breadfruit and avocados.

The Marquesean history is fascinating. While in Hiva Oa, we spent the day with Pepe Rue a local Marquesean who speaks good English. We drove around the Island in his 4-wheel drive Toyota truck and listened spellbound to his wonderful stories of the local culture. The ancient Marqueseans were an intelligent but warring and cannibalistic society and it is generally agreed that the Hawaiian Islands were populated by exploring Marqueseans. We learned so many things about the local politics, French rule and evolution of the Marquesses Islands from the stone age into the age of the internet.

At the end of our two wonderful weeks in paradise, we had to return home. Several urgent e-mails had brought our dream vacation to an end. As the great General said; "We shall return."

Dan Streech

 

 

 

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