Kokopelli

Kokopelli

Tue Dec 25 6:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 2226.1nm (4029.2km)
19 43.9N 155 03.2W

we actually arrived quite a while ago (11 Dec) after a 16 day passage from Taihae, Nuku Hiva. A challenging, and tiring passage, but overall good. We're here in Radio Bay, Hilo, Big Island Hawaii. We're working on the boat of course, shopping, and spending time with Mizzy's family. All good! We expect to be here in Hawaii for a few months. Peace and Joy to all, at this holiday season.


Sat Dec 1 6:09 2018 NZDT

on0passage, from Nuku Hiva (Marquesas Islands) to Radio Bay, Hawaii (Big island). Been out 5 days, all is well. The boat is sailing easily and well, ITCZ (ahead) doesn't look too bad. Expecting a 16 day passage. First world/'Murica, here we come!


Mon Nov 12 13:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 515.1nm (932.3km)
Avg: 9.5knts
24hr: 227.5nm
08 54.88S 140 06.12W

Back in Taiohae, Nuku Hiva. Here for some repairs, reprovision, and then we hope on to Hawaii. Hope to only be here for a week or two, but it's always a nice place to be.


Sat Nov 10 6:48 2018 NZDT
Run: 158.8nm (287.4km)
16 00.45S 142 26.70W

in the lagoon at Raroia. We've been working our way eastward, in preparation for sailing north back up to Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas. About 420 n.m. to weather. also watching for a weather window, to do this. So far, winds unfavorable. The village at Raroia is charming, very small. There are a couple small magasin grocery stores, pearl farming seems to be the main employment. But very friendly, going to church is important. The lagoon and reef is beautiful, clear water mostly. This is the atoll where Kon Tiki made their crash landing/landfall. Anchoring is difficult, lots of coral, and deep. We're floating our chain with pearl farm floats, to make it snag on outcrops a bit less.


Thu Nov 1 9:03 2018 NZDT

at anchor in Raroia, off a motu on the east side. Very friendly folks in the town. We're about a mile from the spot where the Kon Tiki landed, after crossing from South America. weather is unsettled, rain and squalls this morning. We're waiting for a weather window to sail NNE to Nuku Hiva.


Thu Nov 1 9:03 2018 NZDT
16 51.6s 144 40.2w

in the lagoon at Makemo, after a motor-sail crossing from Tahanea. anchored off a motu, called Punaruku. Good shelter, guys working ashore on coconuts I think. A beautiful spot, certainly. An old cemetery ashore, back in the bush. But recently swept, low walls of stacked coconut husks partly around.


Wed Oct 24 15:33 2018 NZDT
Run: 57.5nm (104.1km)
16 51.6s 144 40.2w

at anchor in Tahanea, just east of the middle pass. we've spent a few days here. it has no village, population seems to be one fisherman, and a caretaker. very nice, serene. mild weather, clearest water yet. high points? drift-snorkel diving the passes, with Paul and Kate from Iolea. one morning, saw a dozen large Mantas, just as close as you'd like to be. lots of beautiful coral. hunting lobsters on the reef, under an almost-full moon. tomorrow, planning an early departure, going to Mameko. approx. 52 n.m.


Mon Oct 22 5:12 2018 NZDT
Run: 108.4nm (196.2km)
16 30.4s 145 27.4w

on a mooring, at the south end of the Fakarava lagoon. had a good run down inside, stayed overnight at Pakokota. very nice! at the south end, dove the pass three times. amazing dives. and suddenly fi-phone is getting usable (slow) wifi. they are bringing in a 5g fiberoptic undersea cable, we hear.


Tue Oct 9 6:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 84.4nm (152.8km)
15 35.0s 144 08.3w

in the lagoon at Fakarava. on a mooring (free!) in 70' of water. very secure and serene. 8 boats in this mooring field, so on anchors. very clear water, ramoras under the boat, so . . . nice village ashore, fresh local vegetables available. pretty nice!


Sun Oct 7 3:18 2018 NZDT
Run: 355.2nm (642.9km)
Avg: 2368knts
24hr: 56832nm
16 09.2s 145 15.7w

sorry, forgot to update the coordinates . . .


Sun Oct 7 3:09 2018 NZDT
13 17.9s 140 50.6w

among the Tuamotus. don't hit any. should be in Fakarava soon, if we're guestimating the slack current at the pass right. All good . . . so far.


Fri Oct 5 5:00 2018 NZDT
Run: 244.9nm (443.3km)
13 17.9s 140 50.6w

finally underway(!) From Hanemoanoa, Tahuata to Fakarava, in the Tuamotus. Approx 520 n.m., mostly SW. Finally an acceptable weather forecast(s). It's been light air, most of the way, so moving slowly but easily. Last night the exception, we crossed a trough between two systems (or somethin'). So squally all night, some rain, winds to 30's. But nothing bad happened, and today back to mild. I expect scattered squalls most of the rest of the way. First time in a long time we've dealt with that, I remember it used to be every night on our sail from Puerta Vallarta, and then west. Usually started just at dinner time. Looking forward to seeing friends in the Tuamotus! And diving!! With (big) SHARKS!!!3 17


Mon Sep 24 8:06 2018 NZST
Run: 52nm (94.1km)
10 27.9s 138 40.1w

Now back in HanaVave, on Fatu Hiva. R.L. Stevenson said it was the most beautiful bay in the South Pacific, I wouldn't say he was wrong. Waiting here now for a weather window to proceed to the Tuamotus, looking promising for Wednesday or Thursday, but it's forecast to be light winds. We sat in on the church service here this morning, very local, very nice. All conducted in Marquesan, which probably did not diminish how much I could understand very much. Saw a pod of dolphins here in the anchorage, whales are sometimes also seen here. It's a much darker anchorage than Hanemoanoa. We're here with Break Away (Yves and Martin) and Lola. Last time we were in here, there were a dozen boats or more. Now just us 3. A little rain right now . .


Wed Sep 19 15:09 2018 NZST
Run: 97.7nm (176.8km)
09 48.2s 139 01.9w

Back down in Hiva Oa. A tough sail down from Nuku Hiva, weather "deteriorated" to quite a bit worse than forecast (closer to the nose, stronger wind. lotsa rain, bigger seas). We were expecting to be as close to the wind as possible, and then motor into it when we came in to the lee of Hiva Oa. That still worked, just tougher. But only 20 hours. Anchored outside at Fahauku bay, where we can even get a little (weak) wifi! Into town, provisioning, etc. Topping up on diesel and outboard gas, a last fix of internet access? We're hoping to move on soon, on towards the Tuamotus, and diving!


Sat Aug 25 8:15 2018 NZST
Run: 6.9nm (12.5km)
08 49.4s 140 03.9w

We've moved! Around the island (Nuku Hiva) to Anaho bay, at the east end of the north coast. No town here, no cellular, no wifi. There is a church camp for Marquesan youth, and a vegetable farm. Very steep, very tall mountains around. Land access is by a dirt road. But the water is clear, it's a good, and safe, place to snorkel and dive. Well sheltered, very serene. A few goats visible, far up on the mountain sides. Two other boats here, one has friends we know already, on it. Brian 'n Mizzy


Mon Jul 30 4:30 2018 NZST
Run: 69.1nm (125.1km)
08 54.9s 140 06.2w

We're still in the anchorage at Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva. Mostly, I'm just correcting a typo in the latitude I had entered. Hope all of your are having a good Sunday morning. A fun evening last, a community dinner ashore with drums and dancing. Brian 'n Mizzy


Wed Jul 25 15:00 2018 NZST
Run: 109.6nm (198.4km)
09 54.9s 140 06.2w

We're in the anchorage at Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva. Had an easy overnight passage from Tahuata. Chilling here, working on the boat. Some of the usual troublemakers (watermaker), some first-timers (solar controllers). But we have real wifi available, we just completed the paperwork for our 12 month visa here, so life is good! This is a great anchorage, yuge, with good holding. Generally well protected, a bit rolly. Incredible rock formations, a wild landscape. A spot on the pilgrimage route for sailors, for many generations now. It's good to see the couple dozen boats in the anchorage, from all over the world. Mostly smaller and older, few of the newer, million dollar/50+ foot ones. Different from some places we've been. And we're here with our memories of previous stops here, and the people we were with then. Very nice! Brian 'n Mizzy


Tue Jul 17 8:06 2018 NZST
Run: 61.3nm (111km)
10 38.0s 138 40.0w

We're in the anchorage, Hana Vave, at the island of Fatu Hiva. The famous Bay of Virgins/Bay of Phalluses. All very good. A spectacular bay, last night watched a drum and dance session at the local community center/park. Very much by locals, for locals. Amazing, they sure can shake it. We were unable to get here last time we were in French Polynesia, to hard a beat to weather. This time we made it. A deep anchorage, about 10 boats here, 4 are ones we know from farther back. Working today on the solar controller, anchor windlass, and outboard motor. And perhaps a hike to the waterfall. Brian 'n Mizzy


Sat Jul 14 13:57 2018 NZST
Run: 1874.5nm (3392.8km)
09 47.7s 138 22.4w

We're in the anchorage, Baie Tahauku, near Atuona, on Hiva Oa, in the Marquesas archipelago. Our passage was about 23.5 days, All in all very good. Hiva Oa seems amazing, awesome scenery and fine people. A few changes since we were last here, there's now a better dingy dock, and a yacht service yard with haul out. Our needs are pretty simple. Anchored inside the harbor now. We're properly checked in, easy and no charge. We plan/hope to go on to Fatu Hiva on Sunday, after the Bastile Day celebration here. Tamare dance competition! All is good! Brian 'n Mizzy


Sat Jul 14 13:57 2018 NZST
Run: 3733.3nm (6757.3km)
06 58.0s 111 06.0w

on-passage, Isla de la Plata, Ecuador to Hiva Oa, Marquesas. A bit past half way, all's well. Finally feels like real trade wind sailing; bright sun, some clouds, fresh steady breeze from ESE. Offshore swell, 2 meter, "rolling down the trades". Running right now deep, under just the working genoa. Somewhere out here Bob and Lesley on Moon Rebel, and Toby and Juliet on Sunflower. We may see 'em? Mizzy just made bread!


Tue Aug 22 2:36 2017 NZST
Weather: post tropical storm

Well, we are in Bonaire. It's been so long since we made a passage of more than one day. This one was from Martinique, about 470 n.m. We did it in 71 hours, almost all under sail. This boat is quicker than Alegria. And, generally, easier to sail and more comfortable. We had two days of dead down wind in light conditions, so played with learning to use the whisker pole. Unfortunately, it's a Forespar line-adjustable, and collapsed to it's shortest length. A bit of subsequent research discloses that Forespar doesn't recommend it for long downwind passages, and anyway, it's only recommended for boats to 46'. I guess our rig company missed that too. But Forespar is sending me the parts at no charge, I'll learn how to disassemble and repair. Some things don't change . . .

We both like Bonaire. It's heritage is Dutch, that is the primary language, along with a local creole and of course english. Good local supermarket, not too expensive, everything labeled in Dutch. Fresh fruit and some vegies come up on a picturesque boat, from Venezuela. It's lived up to its reputation as a great place to snorkel and scuba, there's hundreds of marked sites. The hurricanes are going by to the north of us, as we'd hoped. And there's a shipping service for stuff from the US, we're hoping that will work out well for us. We also have a replacement watermaker membrane on the way, (see ?some things don?t change?, above), as a warrantee/customer service freebie from Spectra. Planning to linger for a few more weeks here, then on to Curacao, perhaps for a haulout.


Sat Mar 11 13:54 2017 NZDT
Run: 381.1nm (689.8km)
14 04.47n 060 57.47w
Weather: winds 15-25 kts from the east, rain squalls

on the anchor, in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Quite a ways down into the southeast Caribbean. Finally got away from the Virgin Islands, after watermaker problems, fuel injection problems and mosquito-borne illness problems. But all better now. Had great sails down, Virgin Gorda to Dominica. Got there in time for =E2=80=9CYachtie Appreciation Week=E2=80=9D, free moorings and parties! 365 rivers on Dominica, most with waterfalls. And a volcano, currently not too active. Joined there by Steve and Ronnie Finn, they sailed with us for a couple weeks. On to Marinique. Very cool, French wine! And caught Carnival there, pretty wild. Thousands of people, in the streets, very peaceful. And now St. Lucia. All good!


Sat Dec 3 1:57 2016 NZDT
Run: 1475.4nm (2670.5km)
18 19.34n 064 37.22w
Weather: warm, calm, overcast

on a mooring, Kelly Cove, Norman=E2=80=99s Cay, BVI=E2=80=99s. Off and cruising again!


Ain't it great to be off the dock and gunkholing amoung the islands!? We're having the same experience in Malaysia and it's easy cruising at that. Fishing boats at night make passages kind of hair raising, but there's little coral to negotiate here and the mountainous islands are stunning. The Langkawi area reminds us a bit of Tonga, but with much higher topography. Is Kokopelli still on target for the Canal a few months from now? Sending wishes for the happiest of holidays, with our love, Robbie and Bev
Mon Oct 31 10:06 2016 NZDT
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.5nm
37 01.49n 076 20.44w
Weather: warm, sunny

on the wharf, Hampton Public Pier. final prep for our run to British Virgin Islands. carousing with the Salty Dawgs


Mon Oct 31 3:09 2016 NZDT
Run: 44.4nm (80.4km)
37 41.36n 076 20.62w
Weather: cool, sunny

on the anchor in Indian Creek, VA. Here to see Hank and Seale. Onward tomorrow.


Thu Oct 27 1:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 183.8nm (332.7km)
Avg: 2.5knts
24hr: 61nm
38 19.90n 076 22.57w
Weather: cool, sunny

on the anchor in Solomon=E2=80=99s Island. Overnight here, then south. Quite a bash getting here, but then a good sail


Mon Oct 24 1:15 2016 NZDT
Run: 26.8nm (48.5km)
35 40.67n 076 10.50w
Weather: windy, cold. but the sun is shining, good day for solar.

on a mooring at Oxford, MD, at the Tren Avon YC. Saw Wayne and Sue, now on to Solomon=E2=80=99s Island, MD this a.m.


Sat Oct 22 5:45 2016 NZDT
Run: 219.2nm (396.8km)
35 58.48n 076 28.99w
Weather: sunny, warm!

on a mooring at Annapolis. watermaker fixed (finally). SSB working, too. so onward! planning to go to Oxford yet this afternoon.


Sun Oct 16 3:18 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
39 08.77n 076 30.94w
Weather: sunny, cold

finally back in the water, finishing up the painting was delayed by rain associated with Matthew. SSB is better, still waiting on watermaker work. But all is good, expecting to be in Hampton, VA on schedule (26 October).


Thu Sep 29 23:51 2016 NZDT
Run: 0.2nm (0.4km)
39 08.75n 076 30.77w
Weather: rain!

now hauled out at the Oak Harbor yard. Bottom painted, prop adjusted and greased, ready to go back in the water this afternoon or tomorrow a.m. Weather permitting, still the bottom paint touch-up to be done. =20


Hi Brian/Mizzy, you are a long way from the Pacific. When are we going to be able to share an anchorage again? Maybe in French Polynesia when we arrive there in 2018?
Mon Sep 26 1:42 2016 NZDT
Run: 31nm (56.1km)
Avg: 310knts
24hr: 7440nm
39 08.77n 076 30.95w
Weather: =20

anchorred off Oak Harbor Marina/Yard, in Pasadena, Maryland. we=E2=80=99ll haul out the boat on Monday, to paint the bottom, and a =E2=80=9Cfew other things=E2=80=9D (it=E2=80=99s a boat, after all). some friends are still here, and others are coming to visit. optimistic about the yard, etc. expect/hope to be back in the water in less than a week. all good!


Mon Sep 26 1:36 2016 NZDT
Run: 37.2nm (67.3km)
Avg: 744knts
24hr: 17856nm
39 23.01n 076 01.48w
Weather: =20

anchorred in the middle of the Sassafras River, Maryland again I think. after a run up and through the Delaware/Chesapeake canal, and down to here. very calm and quiet this eve. tomorrow=E2=80=99s travels should get us to the haulout yard, etc.


Mon Sep 26 1:33 2016 NZDT
Run: 103.2nm (186.8km)
39 19n 075 20w
Weather: =20

an un-dramatic run down along New Jersey, and now about half way up the Delaware Bay. at anchor in Cohansey River mouth, just down stream from a nuclear power plant installation. should be a good place to catch 3-eyed fish.


Wed Sep 21 0:27 2016 NZST
Run: 32.7nm (59.2km)
Avg: 218knts
24hr: 5232nm
40 25.01n 074 01.16w
Weather: overcast

anchorred off Sandy Hook, New Jersey, near Atlantic Highlands. Had a good run down through the city, pretty impressive. We were there for the high-security following the recent explosions. the west side of the East River was closed off, so we were held back a bit from the city. But many awesome and iconic sights and names. NYC has been a force in our pop culture for generations. lots I recognize from Monopoly and Mad magazine. an easy run through Hell Gate, we caught it at slack water. Down the Jersey coast tomorrow, looks like very mild conditions, afraid we=E2=80=99ll be motoring again.


Wed Sep 21 0:18 2016 NZST
Run: 51.7nm (93.6km)
Avg: 517knts
24hr: 12408nm
40 49.76n 073 42.79w
Weather: overcast

on a mooring (free!) in Manhassett Bay, NYC. Just a few miles from the entrance to the East River, and NYC. Grocery store accessible!


Wed Sep 21 0:18 2016 NZST
Weather: overcast

in Lloyd=E2=80=99s, Huntington Harbor, New York (Long Island). On the anchor


Wed Sep 21 0:12 2016 NZST
Run: 48.2nm (87.2km)
41 15.52n 072 54.08w
Weather: clear, light

in New Haven, Connecticut. Anchored just inside the breakwater. Peaceful evening.


Sat Sep 17 4:00 2016 NZST
Run: 15nm (27.2km)
41 18.84n 071 58.54w
Weather: overcast

in Mystic, Connecticut. On a mooring, and spent two days at the Mystic Seaport Village museum. Always love that stuff. Now on, further west! Long Island Sound to NYC.


Hi Brian. Just noticed you are planning on traversing the Long Island Sound to NYC. The Nissequogue River off of Smithtown Bay (in the Long Island Sound) used to be my old stomping grounds as a kid where I explored with a Sunfish and a small outboard jon boat. Have a great trip! Mark
Fri Sep 16 3:42 2016 NZST
Run: 57.9nm (104.8km)
Avg: 1158knts
24hr: 27792nm
41 17.82n 071 41.21w
Weather: warm and mild

anchorred outside at Cuttyhunk, Massachusetts. Nice small town, got a plate of the local oysters from the Raw Bar/Dock.


Fri Sep 16 3:39 2016 NZST
41 27.89n 070 35.63w
Weather: clear and calm. =20

finally away from New Bedford. final score: teeth fixed, one pulled. watermaker working better, but some still to go. no success with having the engine checked, but it=E2=80=99s doing OK. no problems, and minimal inconvenience, from Hermine. and we had a good time! crossed over through Woods Hole (fierce currents) to Vineyard Haven, on Martha=E2=80=99s Vineyard island. anchored here as a cold front passes. a very fun spot!


Mon Sep 12 1:21 2016 NZST
Run: 20.3nm (36.7km)
41 27.89n 070 35.63w
Weather: blustery, 15-20 g 25, SSW. 90% cloud cover. =20

finally away from New Bedford. final score: teeth fixed, one pulled. watermaker working better, some still to go. no success with having the engine checked, but it=E2=80=99s doing OK. no problems, and minimal inconvenience, from Hermine. and we had a good time! crossed over through Woods Hole (fierce currents) to Vineyard Haven, on Martha=E2=80=99s Vineyard island. anchored here as a cold front passes. a very fun spot!


Wed Sep 7 0:18 2016 NZST
Run: 5.5nm (10km)
41 38.09n 070 54.78w
Weather: blustery, overcast

on a mooring, New Bedford, Massachusetts. came here to get our watermaker fixed by the local Spectra reps. also found that acceleration is slow on the diesel, probably the turbo. so we=E2=80=99ll have that looked at, too. also hurricane/now tropical storm Hermine is nearby, so we=E2=80=99re waiting on its passing. and getting some long-delayed dental work done. etc. New Bedford is a working waterfront, dominated by the fishing fleet. has an amazing whaling museum, more scrimshaw than I ever imagined. rum featured in the local taverns, also craft brews. and quahogs! probably here through Wednesday . . .


Hi guys. That looks like a really cool place. Have fun and good luck with the dental. Hope to see you in the Bahamas.
Mon Aug 29 1:09 2016 NZST
Run: 42.3nm (76.6km)
41 38.87n 070 48.42w
Weather: calm, sunny!

on a mooring, Mattapoisette, Massachusetts. feels like we escaped the coming cold in Maine just in time. here mostly to get our watermaker fixed. and also found that there’s a compass adjuster who lives and works here, he’ll be aboard later today to do this. finally found the mysterious leak in the aft head area yesterday. the joys of boat life! and also found, and I think understood, 3 more in the engine bay! and it’s Sunday, so some boat cleaning. All good!


Sun Aug 28 7:45 2016 NZST
Run: 45.9nm (83.1km)
42 02.78n 070 10.99w
Weather: SW 12+ kts, foggy

on a mooring, Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts


C'mon, Brian and Mizzy! Where's the detail? Is it true you've been eating raw turtle? And seeing how close you can get to naval destroyers before they send out a chase boat? And flying your genoa from only the head with two sheets to see if it will work like a spinnaker? Don't make me use my imagination! If not these feats of daring, then WHAT are you doing? Love, Bev
Sat Aug 27 6:21 2016 NZST
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
42 36.64n 070 39.34w
Weather: calm and warm

anchored for a night or two, inner harbor, Gloucester, MA


Sat Aug 20 6:27 2016 NZST
Run: 60.7nm (109.9km)
43 43.665n 070 12.056w
Weather: high clouds, 20%, calm and warm

on a mooring at Portland Yacht Club, into the weekend


Wed Aug 17 1:39 2016 NZST
44 05.500n 069 05.500w
Weather: high clouds, 30%. calm

lingering here on the anchor. Starting south on Thursday, heading towards the Chesapeake


OK! We've now subscribed to Kokopelli and will look forward to every little detail you share here. But not to think that excuses you from the long personal messages we've been exchanging for the past few years! We wouldn't give those up for anything. You can follow Mersoleil beginning in Indonesia and going all the way back to Seattle on YIT! Waiting in SE Asia for you to catch up with us again. Love from Bev & Robbie

Hi Kokopelli, Now we can keep an eye on you guys... Neat application... Hope you guys are having a great time. Our sailor friend in Alameda, John Kuony says he plans to move to Main when they retire. Is it that cool? Best, Jim and Jess

Hello Brian and Mizzy. Great to hear from y'all. We just left Clearwater, FL headed to the Cedar Keys for the evening and then jumping over to the panhandle tomorrow. We made the executive decision to take Texas Crewed back to Texas. I like this app. I'll check it out. Thanks for the update.

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