Finished!

Everything comes to an end, if you can wait long enough, that is! Our dull stay at this outpost of the American devastation and human degradation comes to a conclusion towards the end of the week. There would be a lot to say about the spiritual misery of this place, about the broken spirit of the Samoans who content themselves to live their lives licking the handouts from Uncle Sam gauntly upper extremities, about a trash society that does seem uninterested to clean up after itself and the packaging of the goodies of consumption floats eternally on the waters of this bay, which nature quite obviously had intended to be gloriously gorgeous. It would be a tale of tumorous growth, of cold distances, of an almost absolute lack of initiative, of many empty smiles squeezed between obese cheeks, remnant of the Polynesian friendliness, but murdered daily by big SUVs with tinted windows and expensive rims. It’s a tale most of us are all too familiar, few of us make time to listen to and still fewer bring ourselves to make an effort to understand. Why? some furious but muffled genie cries up to the heavens, Why have we let it all get so far off track?

In spite of our sincere intentions to turn a blind eye to the devastation around us and focus on practical things like bringing Aluna up to specs to once again carry us away from it all to places where healing can happen, the reek of social decay is too strong and forcing yourself to look away only churns up the festering of depression in the underground. So for once we’re very much looking forward to setting sail and transform this all into distant but essential memory.

The fruits of our distraction from what’s important for humankind are visible though around us. Alunita 2.0 now sports a bright white coat and has shed the girly colors of her youth. The locations of cleats for her sailing rig have been refined and we’re anxious to put her through her paces as soon as we’re in more peaceful waters.

     

In the meantime the new deckpod cover has seen ample use already, in spite of having been put in position only temporarily. Still missing are the side flaps to cover the entrance cutout and small gutters at the sides to continue collecting rainwater from it. The design is already showing its many advantages, one of them the fact that we can keep it partially open, covering or shading only one half while having the other open for ventilation. The blue border cut out of a recycled rest of normally very expensive UV resistant Sunbrella fabric adds a nice accent to the otherwise all too white floating castle.    

The agile observers of tiny details might have noticed that Aluna finally, after having happily floated on the wide watery world without one, now sports a built in ships compass!

 

As I’m writing this, sitting on a sterile orange plastic chair in the aspiring Internet Café of Ronald McDonald and staring mindlessly at the endless chain of supersized SUVs lining up for the drive-by window, a weak low-pressure trough is disturbing the normally benign weather of the low-latitude South Pacific winter around here. Heavy downpours have been sagging from dark grey clouds and 25-knot winds with gusts to 30 are predicted for the waters of the open sea. In spite of having yesterday checked out of the island with officialdom and having paid the shameless departure fees, we’re holding out just a little longer in the devil’s den, savoring the sweet feeling of living below the horned one’s radar, illegally but righteously, stretching the ridiculous rules for the good of humanity. Within three days the atmosphere should clear up sufficiently for the definite escape! Next stop: The mysterious Kingdom of Tonga!

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Finished!”

  1. Angela Zawadzki Says:

    Very sad Samoan tale. It doesn’t sound like there is much energy left in the place and therefore in the people. Unfortunately the sad tale is told again and again wherever the conqueror forces its democracy on foreign lands. Good thing you are taking off for an independent kingdom.

    Much love and peace.

  2. Dave Riley Says:

    I REALLY like your outrigger setup and would appreciate more detailed information about it.

    Materials?
    How did you get the bend?
    How did you get the bend ‘just right’?
    What’s your strapping material?
    The ratchets above the ama are used for…? (Possible answer: different weather conditions?)

    I love the rig because it can be moved about according to the prevailing wind to each side of the canoe.

    Awesome.

    ‘Tis a major light bulb moment for me.

    Thanks.

    • Dave Riley Says:

      Just signing up to notifications…

    • alunaboat Says:

      It’s a Gary Dierking canoe, made with epoxy and ply. The amas are naturally grown branches, you look for the appropriate curve when you select them. Amas are lashed to hull and float with rope, which is then covered with strips of inner tube. Not sure what ratchet you’re referring to.

  3. Dave Riley Says:

    I realise it is a Dierking build but I thought his outrigger was a different design. I appreciate yours for its simplicity and the fact that it can be easily swapped to the other side and portaged on board. So, in effect, yours is Islander traditional and utilises three pieces of timber ‘fitted’ by cradles (which you mention elsewhere) and lashed into place.So long as the trees bend their branches just so..all is proa ship shape…

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