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Grabbing a mooring ball

Grabbing a mooring ball

Watching someone pick up a mooring ball has always been a source of amusement while sitting at anchor with an afternoon cocktail in hand.

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New holly and wild cherry floor

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We're stuck. Stuck in the eddy between New Zealand and the islands of Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

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Plugging bottom holes

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