TROUBLE SAILING around ATUONA, Secret Anchorages – Hiva Oa – Tahuata – Fatu Hiva – Hanemenu S2E12

Disaster1280by720Linus and Daly’s sailing trip to and from Atuona, Hiva Oa was filled with mishaps and set backs, but they find awesome undiscovered anchorages along the way. The propeller shaft decouples on the early morning sail from Bay of Virgins, Hanavave, Fatu Hiva to Atuona, Tahuaka Bay, Hiva Oa. Linus has a spare bolt, but gets pretty grimy in the process. Moreover, they are too late to buy more diesel that weekend. Leaving the anchorage Linus fails to put a safety on the anchor chain in addition to the pawl and it deploys accidentally, letting out out the anchor and almost 200 feet of chain in deep water. Linus has to drive the anchor and chain back in the shallows to pull it up by hand. Steep 7-foot seas made it hard to go upwind to exit Tahuaka Bay, Atuona.

Linus discards his plans to sail to Hanamenu Bay, Hiva Oa on the northwest side of the island and instead sails to a closer no-name harbor on the northwest side of the island of Tahuata with white-sand beaches. The next day Linus and Daly sail to Hanemenu and explore the deserted settlement with a couple of cruisers. Its amazing how nearby islands and different sides of the small islands have dramatically different climates. Some bays are arid while others resemble a rain forest.

We use a Mantus Anchor and swivel on our boat. Get all your Mantus gear at
Mantus Anchors is a corporate sponsor of this video.
Support the videos at

On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Gone with the Wynns, MJ Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others.
Get Linus Wilson’s bestselling sailing books:
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

Slow Boat to Cuba
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Around the World Single-Handed: The Cruise of the Islander by Harry Pidgeon

Associate Producers: Anders Colbenson, Kevin Yager, Larry Wilson, and Daniel Cantrell.
Sign up for our free newsletter for access to free books and other promotions at
music by
Copyright Linus Wilson, Vermilion Advisory Services, LLC, 2018

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: