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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 will be cruising in the Society Islands in May.  In June we will depart for Fiji, where Duet will remain until September, while we return home for a visit.  We will then continue to New Caledonia and Australia, arriving in Brisbane sometime in November. 

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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