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Duet at anchor, Tahanea Atoll, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

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 ampersand gmail.com.  

Duet is now in Tahiti, having traveled about 3,900 nautical miles from Mexico since March.  Over the next year, we will explore the Society Islands and the Tuamotu Archipelago.  French Polynesia is a spectacular cruising area, with friendly people and many remote anchorages.  We look forward to our time there. 

Off To Tahiti

  •  7/28/2017 12:46:39 PM
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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 5:25:29 PM
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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 12:29:18 PM
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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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Last Sunset at Sea

Pictures from Duet's Pacific Crossing

  •  6/15/2017 8:39:20 PM
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During our crossing of the Eastern Pacific, from Mexico to the Marquesas, we used an Iridium GO! for email.  It worked perfectly throughout the journey, but is not capable of sending pictures of any size.  Once we got back home we got the pictures sorted out and are posting them now.  For the first time, we are also including some video, although it is mainly unedited.   As regular readers will recall, we departed Puerto Los Cabos a day later than planned, so we have several sets of departure p...
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Pacific Ocean Crossing

  •  5/24/2017 9:46:37 PM
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This blog was written by Sean Kearns, who came with us aboard Duet when we crossed the Eastern Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the Marquesas, French Polynesia. Sean is the first person we have ever had travel with us on Duet. He did a great job of not only living compatibly with us in close quarters, but also fulfilling his role as a key member of the team throughout what was an incredible, but sometimes difficult, 17 day journey. This chapter of crewing on Duet is where my adventure begins and en...
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Duet Arrives in Tahiti

  •  5/16/2017 7:57:23 PM
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Duet arrived safely today in Papeete, Tahiti, after an uneventful 300 mile passage from Tahanea Atoll, in the Tuamotu Archipelago. This completes the first part of our journey, which has brought us 3,900 nautical miles miles since we departed Mexico in mid March. It has been an incredible trip thus far. We have made one change to our plans. Duet will be staying in French Polynesia until mid 2018, rather than continuing on to New Zealand in the fall of 2017. This area is just too beautiful to ru...
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Mexico to French Polynesia Part Three, Days 12 - 17

  •  4/21/2017 4:40:14 PM
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This blog is composed of some of the emails we sent and/or received during our recent 2,700 mile journey from Mexico to French Polynesia Blog Part Three, Days 12-17 Just Before Crossing the Equator, Ron emailing our weather router, Day 12 We seem to have discovered the west setting current stream. At 16:45 UTC, DUET is at 2 34'N / 128 37'W. SOG last 24 hours has been 7.9 kts and the GPS is now reading mid 8's. COG remains 215M Wind is 7 kts, 134 to starboard. Seas are 3-5 from stbd quarter ...
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Mexico to French Polynesia Part Two - Days 7 - 11

  •  4/20/2017 5:38:49 PM
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This blog is composed of some of the emails we sent and/or received during our recent 2,700 mile journey from Mexico to French Polynesia Part Two - Days 7 – 11 Ron emailing our weather router, Day 7 We are having more problems with our hydraulic stabilizers and I am trying to assess the potential benefit of heading further south. We are currently at 11 52'N /119 25'W. Apparent wind 18 knots, from NE. SWH is at least 8 feet and we have certainly seen a few 10 footers, as you predicted. The wav...
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Mexico to French Polynesia - Part One Days 1 - 6

  •  4/20/2017 2:21:31 PM
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This blog is composed of some of the emails we sent and/or received during our recent 2,700 mile journey from Mexico to French Polynesia Part One - Days 1- 6 Duet Departs email to friends and family Duet is departing San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, this morning, Thursday March 16th. The journey to Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas, is about 2,700 miles, so we expect to arrive in about 18 days, around April 4-5. Our buddy boat, the Nordhavn 60 Daybreak, is leaving from about 250 miles south of here this ...
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Duet Departs

  •  3/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
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Duet is departing San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, this morning, Thursday March 16th, for Nuka Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands.  We expect to arrive in about 18 days, after a journey of around 2,700 miles.  The weather for the first 8 days or so is expected to be calm, which is about as good as it gets for this length of journey.  Our buddy boat, the Nordhavn 60 Daybreak, will be departing from a little further south this weekend.  We will be in touch with them every day.   You may follow us as www.sn...
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First Words From Duet's First Crew

  •  3/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
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As I begin to write my perspective as the first crew aboard Duet I can't help but to hear the words from Dr Seuss's book, Oh the Places you'll Go. Boating is one big adventure and you're likely to get mixed up with many strange birds as you go, and it's just that chance I love about boating. It's easy to say I'm a parent of 2 beautiful kids who likes to read Dr Seuss. Being the husband to a very understanding and beautiful wife makes me a very lucky man. And me? I work full-time as a firefighter...
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Preparing To Cross The South Pacific

  •  3/11/2017 12:00:00 AM
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As our regular readers know, Duet will be crossing the South Pacific this year. The journey, which begins in Mexico, in mid March, covers almost 7,000 miles. We will do it in two 3 month segments, with a 3 month break in the middle. We are fortunate that we will be traveling with another Nordhavn, a 60 named Daybreak. We are on similar schedules, so we should see them frequently throughout our journey. It will be an incredible adventure, as well as a considerable challenge. But first, we had t...
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