In hoisting the mainsail some of the guys to a batten got caught and the engine hoist broke the gaff. There will be no more sailing for sometime.
David has bad cramps in his legs at night and Marian said they have been getting worse.
We followed the coast line rather closely. It was of little interest. Some reefs and interesting small islands; but the coast consisted of hills where the wood had been cut in places. One of the Togian Islands was visible in the distance. Passed through a very active school of fish and finally caught one.
At 2:30 we were very close to the small island settlement of Marisa, which is off the coast beyond Bumbulan when we ran aground on a sand bar. We were off by backing the engines in about 15 min. Finally we anchored near the settlement of a few native huts. David wanted to come here because he had heard in Gorontalo that Maleos were here. I stayed on board to photograph some specimens while the others went ashore in the launch.
We have a very vicious land crab on board which I photographed. This crab can crush a piece of hard wood in its pincers and is said to eat coconuts. They are found mainly on a single island off this coast. Their method of eating coconuts is to climb a tree, drop the coconut, and return to the ground to crack and eat the pieces.