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Preparing to Get Underway

April 08, 2011

Hard to believe we’ve been in Hawaii for 7 years. We’ve enjoyed our time here, but really miss the cruising life! And, we’re preparing to take off once again!

Reflections has undergone a major refit, inside and out. All rigging and everything on the mast has been replaced, new windlass, new decks, new mainsail, cushions, woodwork, radios and more. If we don’t leave soon, we’ll have to start over.

We’ll be heading southeast towards the Marquesas for another pass through French Polynesia. We have decided to go where the wind blows and won’t beat ourselves up to get to the Marquesas. If we make it, great! If not, the Tuamotos or Society Islands will be just fine!

From there, we plan to head west and revisit Samoa, on to Wallis and Fortuna and then north through Tuvalu to the Marshall Islands for cyclone season. Beyond that, we have no definite plans, but are looking at the possibility of Palau, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. We’ll let you know just as soon as we decide. All we need now is a good weather window so we can get moving again.

In the meantime, welcome to our new blog! If you enter your email address, we’ll send you a quick email every time we post a new story. I can even update the blog from the middle of the ocean using the Ham radio. This should be fun! Hope you can join us!

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