july-22-blog

Arrived Majuro safely. Had 12 hours of motoring at 3 knots. We had to slow down to time our arrival at the entrance of the pass through the coral into the lagoon for daylight. They bring very large ships into the lagoon here so it was very well marked but like most passes in this part of the world the markers are metal poles stuck in the channel edges. Difficult to see until you are right near them. The large ships are brought in with a pilot boat.
In many places like this some enterprising person has installed moorings. There are no regulations in place so these people do what they want. The mooring base can be anything from an old engine block to a cement block to a pile of old anchors. The quality of line and shackles will also be questionable. And, everything might have been installed correctly in the beginning but has been poorly maintained and left to rust away. I usually dive on the mooring to check it out for myself to determine if I can rely on it or not. These moorings in Majuro run $2 to $5 a day so u really can’t expect that much. I put off inspecting the mooring. I was just tired and the mooring is in 120 feet of water. For such a deep dive I wanted to be in top shape. Since I did not inspect the mooring Murphy’s law says that the weather report that said 10-15 knots of wind will turn into a storm with 40 knots of wind and driving rain. That is what happened. As I write this we sit at the helm ready
to start the engine if the mooring does not hold us. This can be anything from a line breaking to whatever is sitting on the ocean floor dragging. With a coral reef behind us this is not a good feeling. The joys of boating!