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We Return to the Carenage
This has not been our usual trip. We've seen four islands, hosted a guest, but set foot ashore very few times. After many weeks here, we're wrapping this trip.
A young man needs his rest. Ian asleep.
Ian seemed to enjoy his time aboard, here texting friends at home.
This lovely vessel is a Choy Lee, we think, designed by the same guy who designed our boat.
This young woman and her SO lived aboard a lovely yellow-hulled boat and flew a flag advertising a dentist. We're unsure of which of the couple it was.
Lovely Conni creating cocktails in the galley.
There's a gibbous moon up there if look closely. It's another lovely South Pacific sunset.
We've spent a lot of blog words on this vessel, the wrecked 63-foot motor yacht hauled from the Tuamotus. Here she is approaching the Carenage through the mooring field.
Finally ashore, the motor yacht receives care. They'll patch her hull, splash her, and let others rebuild her interior.
There's great color in this photo! The TraveLift is being adjusted to lift Wings.
To ensure that the lifting slings don't catch something delicate, a diver goes beneath the boat to check.
Dominique, the boss, adjusts the sling position with his remote control attached to the black belt.
Masked Conni watches from the shade.
Both sets of sling must be checked for location.
And, up she comes! This is a 50-ton lift and Wings weighs about 13, so there's no problem.
And, Wings is a boat no more!
Wings travels to her cradle.
Mana Iti or "little spirit" is a beautiful boat, another design by our designer, Robert Perry. She's a Ta Shing built in Taiwan.
This is the damage that I caused when I drove us aground about 5 minutes from the slip. Oops.
This is the main damage in the starboard ama of the motor yacht. It caused the boat to sink to her main deck on that ama.
Here's a side view of the damage caused by running onto a coral head. At right is the remnant of the starboard keel, the forward end completely missing.
This is the derelict ferry that makes entry into the slip so difficult. At long last, they seem to be dismantling her.
The object of this construction is to allow a fork lift to pull a boat trailer into and out of the water. They used what they had! Adding a trailer ball to the pin on a huge shackle is wonderful!
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