Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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Monday, May 3, 2021
While there we enjoyed a restaurant meal for the first time in a month. The halibut burger was awesome.
Now, with sun setting, we're gliding across glassy water (Bob: at 2400 rpm) listening to Santana and thinking about what a great trip it's been.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
I did fuel math today (5/1 @ 16:00) . Fuel remaining by counting engine hours: 21 gallons. Fuel remaining by gauge: 35 gallons. 188 miles to refuel.
Engine rpm options:
2000 rpm: 20 gallons needed, 3 am arrival at fuel dock.
1800 rpm: 18 gallons needed, 6 am arrival at fuel dock.
1600 rpm: 15 gallons needed, 11 am arrival at fuel dock
We set the rpm to 1700. The burn rates are guess work. We really have no idea if we're going to run out of fuel or not. No wind in sight. We have food for a week if it's needed to wait for wind.
Danny tells a story from his watch last night of small birds being harassed by big birds until they were forced to land on the deck or crash into the dodger. He'd scoop them up with the fishing net and fling them into the air where they flew away.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
The wind/water generator is finally out of service for good. In the first half of this trip it provided electrical generation from the wind turbine. When that failed we changed out the wind turbine for a water turbine and pulled it along behind us for most of this half of the trip. Now the shaft to the water turbine has broken.
Offshore sailing is hard on gear. Wear and tear and exposure to the elements is relentless, so the parade of equipment needing maintenance is relentless. A guy really gets to know his boat on a trip like this.
Bruce Frank, we're thinking about you.