Radio troubles – but Totem arrived safely in the Marquesas

A few hours ago, we made landfall in Hiva Oa. Our 20 day passage was beautiful, occasionally exciting, and extremely memorable! It was only marred by the failure of our radio (we think the tuner is to blame…more troubleshooting is in order) on the morning of the 17th. We'd been having issues with it since a few days after our departure but before we could crow about our equator crossing, the situation went from "minor and annoying" to "inoperable". No fun…the radio is our lifeline for communications, a key part of our safety plan, and a sanity link to other boats.

More details will dribble out here, but for now, I'm going to catch up on some sleep!

9 Responses to Radio troubles – but Totem arrived safely in the Marquesas

  1. Nick Keyes April 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm #

    Hi Behan-
    Welcome to the other side of the world! And congratulations – you guys have just pulled off a Real Adventure – a rare thing in this day and age. Hope you all get the rest you deserve. Looking forward to welcoming you and the crew in SEAsia one of these days!

  2. boatbaby April 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Whooo-hooo! I am so happy for you all! I had been wondering why the silence. Enjoy your new slice of the globe and rest well, you deserve it. Can’t wait to hear more. Congratulations!

  3. Seven C's April 22, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Yay! Fantastic on the crossing! Let the kids all play on the beach for us too! (Since it is still raining up here 🙂 )
    Hope you can get the radio working properly again without much expense.
    We all look forward to hearing more about the adventure 🙂

  4. jody April 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Awesome! Congratulations to all of you and a job well done. Enjoy your much deserved rest.

  5. Jeanie Campbell April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    I’m sure I wasn’t the only one worried about the long silence. So glad to hear you are all well and with stories to tell! Can’t wait

  6. Jim and Heather on Meerkat April 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Congrats!!!!! Yeah, we were starting to get a little worried too – checked a few other places online and kept our fingers crossed. Hope the radio problems get taken care of and ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!! Giant hugs to all ♥!

  7. SV Windarra April 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm #

    Congratulations to the crew of Totem! Well done.
    Relax and restore. Make sure you try the pamplemousse. They are similar to grapefruit but taste much better.
    — The crew of Windarra

  8. Toast April 23, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Congrats! Good to hear from you. Assumed it was the radio based on your prior posts. Looking forward to reading the details. Enjoy!

  9. jhelms2196@aol.com April 23, 2010 at 5:14 am #

    Congrats from an old parrothead in Mississippi. I must say I wasn’t worried, but definitely concerned and figured you must have lost your radio transmitter. Anyway, enjoy paradise and recharge those mental batteries. …you have an adventure to talk about for the rest of your lives.

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