The Adventures of Duet 
Duet at anchor, Tahanea Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

This is the blog of Duet, Hull 15 of the Nordhavn 50 series, and her crew, Ron and Nancy Goldberg.  Prior to this, Ron and Nancy cruised aboard a Nordhavn 46, Hull number 50 of the series, also named Duet. When not aboard Duet, Ron and Nancy are based at Lake Tahoe and can be reached at ncmgoldberg @ gmail.com.  

Duet is still in Fiji as of the end of November.  It has been difficult to get a good weather window to travel west. Based on current conditions, we expect to arrive in Australia by the end of December, or possibly sooner if all goes perfectly. 

Hurray!

Cruising in Fiji - Part Two

  •  11/30/2018
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We returned to Fiji on September 7th, having left Tahoe on September 5th. The complexities of the international date line still cause Nancy some confusion, so it was a few days before she knew what day it was, never mind what time. Regardless, the mission was clear, to get Duet off the dock and go cruising. Duet herself looked great. Jo's folks had taken good care of her, with weekly checks and monthly washes and bottom cleanings. Jamie, Captain of the Nordhavn 75EYF Lady Grey, was docked just ...
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Nananu-I-Thake Anchorage

Cruising in Fiji - Part One

  •  11/13/2018
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Our time in Fiji was to be divided into two parts, first, the four weeks or so after our arrival in Savusavu, before we flew home for the summer, and, second, the several months after we returned in mid September, before we departed for New Caledonia and Australia. This blog covers our initial visit. Upon arrival in Savusavu, our plans immediately underwent a change, because Ron got the local Savusavu flu bug. We've found that we are more susceptible to microbes in other countries, and our US f...
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The final route

Bora Bora to Fiji

  •  9/4/2018
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Ron began looking for weather windows to Fiji in late May, before Sean and Celia even arrived. Weather patterns can be glimpsed, if not solidified, as much as two weeks in advance. Often the details don't pan out, but the general trend is useful. Given that we planned to leave as soon as we could after Celia's departure, Ron wanted a good understanding of what was going on out there. Unfortunately, what he found wasn't great. During the Southern Hemisphere Fall, the weather between French Polyn...
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Barbara and Nancy getting set for water activities

Guests and Generators

  •  8/10/2018
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We returned to Papeete on April 12th, with a relatively short list of things to do before Barbara and Ken joined us in Bora Bora. Most of Ron's work was done, so he could help Nancy, which was not something he would necessarily volunteer for, but it definitely speeded things up. Nancy can only manage so many provisions at a time, whereas, with Ron's help, she can do several carts, all in the same day! Fortunately for Ron, his assistance was limited to one day of hauling heavy items, such as beer...
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Duet Arrives Safely in Fiji

  •  6/18/2018
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Duet arrived safely in Savusavu, Fiji, and we are awaiting the local officials to clear us in. It is early Tuesday morning here in Fiji, Duet crossed the International Date Line last night. We traveled 1,766 nautical miles in just under 11 days. More statistics will be available later. Duet, as usual, ran beautifully the entire way, despite some bumpy weather. It's very nice to be here! Thank you all for following along. Ron, Nancy and Sean Duet, N5015 Lying Savusavu, Fiji...
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Duet Departs Bora Bora Westward for Somewhere

  •  6/8/2018
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Duet Departs Bora Bora Westward for Somewhere Duet left Bora Bora yesterday (Thursday June 7) in the late afternoon, bound for either American Samoa or Fiji, depending on what the weather does. Pago Pago in American Samoa is about 1,000 miles, or 7 days, while SavuSavu in Fiji is about 1,800 miles or 12 days, from here. We won't decide where we are ending up until early next week. Right now we are on a more northerly track to Pago Pago, which keeps us out of the bumpier weather down south. Tur...
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February in Papeete

  •  4/11/2018
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We returned to Duet in early February.  We are expecting two sets of guests on Bora Bora in May, before we leave for Fiji. Given we weren't getting back aboard again until mid April, this trip was all about getting things done.  The idea is that Duet will then be ready to pull off the dock in good order, with plenty of time to cruise north at an easy pace.  How this will work out is anyone's guess, although experience tells us that it may not be quite as orderly or as easy as we hope.     Good ...
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How Will We Adapt To Foreign Power In The Southern Hemisphere?

  •  3/27/2018
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Preparing Duet for her South Pacific journey included deciding how to deal with foreign electrical power. Duet is configured and outfitted for US-style split-phase power: 120/240 VAC, 60 Hz.  This is the familiar 3 conductor system comprised of 2 hot wires (often labeled L1 and L2), and 1 neutral wire (plus a grounding wire).  This is shown in figure 1.  120 VAC is available between either L and neutral, and 240 VAC is produced between L1 and L2.  Most of our AC equipment requires 120 VAC, so ea...
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Guests in French Polynesia

  •  1/24/2018
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As our regular readers know, Duet doesn't have guests. Or at least we didn't before Sean joined us on our Pacific crossing. After he left, we thought carefully about whether we wanted to have other guests on board. There are advantages, for example, guests mean there is someone else for Nancy to talk to, which gives Ron a break. Friends get to experience what our lifestyle aboard Duet is really like, rather than just viewing the pictures. They see areas of the world that they might not otherwise...
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Off To Tahiti

  •  7/28/2017
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After about a week of waiting in Tahanea, OMNI Bob forecast a short window for Duet to reach Tahiti. Since our plane home was leaving in less than two weeks and we needed to get the boat ready to be left alone for three months, we tore ourselves away from Tahanea and our cruising friends, with promises to return on our next visit. We exited the atoll just before low slack at around 11AM local time, with a 40 hour journey putting us into Papeete Harbor around dawn. The weather was relatively sett...
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Onward to the Tuamotus

  •  7/9/2017
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Our 500 mile 72 hour trip to the Tuamotus was uneventful, except for a series of squalls. The first was the fiercest, packing winds in the low 40's. Nancy is glad she slept through it.  This interlude did demonstrate that putting the storm plates back on the port side was a good idea, as this squall came from the port side. Putting the plates on was a bit of tour de force, as we no longer had Sean's help. We spent some time figuring out how to actually get the plates on, preferably without drop...
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Cruising the Marquesas

  •  7/3/2017
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Duet has been in French Polynesia for about 7 weeks. We cruised the Marquesas Islands for three weeks after our arrival. They are really spectacular, they look just like Jurassic Park, high stone cliffs, lush vegetation. They are also quite hot and humid, so Duet's air conditioning was working overtime. After the Marquesas, we visited an atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago for two weeks, before moving the boat to Tahiti, where she will spend the summer. Our big news is that we have decided to keep...
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SUBJECT: Re: Cruising in Fiji - Part Two From Blessed and your old slip in Costa Baja. Hey Nancy I really enjoy your blog and the wonderful details of the good, the bad and the ugly of your travels. We are moving on to Panama the first week of January, transiting in May and will be exploring the east coast the following season. I have installed Open CPN, GPS tracking and GE for my laptop. I downloaded GE charlets from an existing source via Panama Posse. Did you create your own GE images for your route or did you create them yourself? If you obtained them "all ready for Open CPN from what source were you able to get them? Thanks a ton! On Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 6:11 PM www.mvduet.com < blogcomments-J6A70@[...]> wrote: >

 johnr.cavanagh  12/11/2018

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Exciting. Great narrative 

Confirming my desire never to take a trip like that...Thanks.  We enjoyed 

every moment 

Happy New Year 

Deb and Mark 

 Mark Rosenberg  12/4/2018

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Thanks for a wonderful 'trip'. My boating experiences 'inland' haven't prepared me for the amount of ongoing maintenance you're involved in.

 Chris Smith  12/3/2018

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Great to hear from you guys and see some pictures!  Sounds like a great trip and experience.  Look forward to catching up in person.  Stay safe ....hugs, J&C

 Carol and Joe  12/3/2018

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Great blog Ron and Nancy chock full of interesting information, stories and accounts of some hefty food bills. Wow!  The grocery shopping is a total wallet buster there in Fiji. 

Take care and be safe and please avoid cyclonic weather on your way to Australia. Hugs,

Michael and Mabel 

Hugs,




 Michael Reynolds  11/30/2018

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