- Position and Time: S 05-09 by W 138-20 at 2140 UTC May 17, 2574 miles from
- Average Speed and Course: 6.3 knots, 199 degrees true, 1600rpm
- Wind: 15 knots at 300 degrees relative
- Waves: 3-4 foot swells at 12 seconds, 2-3 foot wind waves.
It is time for some current talk, as in flow of water kind of current. On Tuesday evening our speed magically picked up by about 1.2 knots, which means we have finally escaped the clutches of the evil equatorial countercurrent (translation: where the current goes opposite way of our travel direction near the equator). Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! After 4 whole days of painfully slow speed (low of 4.4 knots), we are singing and dancing in the aisles to celebrate the restoration of our speed. While still keeping at 1600 rpm just like before, we have seen our increase to 6.3 knots and had a recent high of 7 knots. It is quite possible we will now have to use Einstein’s special relativity equations in our navigation calculations due to our new blazing speed.
To answer a few questions on the blog and email:
Baby squid fly. For real. The bigger they get, the less capable they are of flying and eventually (and thankfully) they lose that ability as they grow. We found a squid on the pilot house roof, and there is no way a wave washed it up there! And no, we are not eating the squid.
Eric and Christi both have general class HAM radio licenses. Although we have not had any time to use HAM since we have been so busy. But if you want one of those elusive “maritime mobile” contacts in a remote grid, let us know a frequency and time.
Under certain kind of motion and activity, without some remedy Eric has gotten sick. On this trip Eric has been pretty consistently taking anti-motion sickness medicine to be safe and has felt great. The drug of choice is over the counter drug branded Sturgeon, which you cannot get in the
And some FYI statements:
We changed the main engine oil and filter just before we left. We used 15w-40, the CJ rated stuff with is about 50% synthetic.
We are running 10 micron fuel filters, except in the transfer filter which is 2 microns.
We got fuel about a week before departing and ran all of it through the 2 micron filter via the transfer fuel pump.
We timed getting the fuel when the fuel dock was about half full or so, which is supposed to be the best time get fuel. Sentiments have settled after being stirred from adding fuel, and also we not sucking from the bottom either.
We are using Stanadyne fuel conditioner.
We changed to active fin stabilizer oil filter just before departure.
We got the bottom cleaned the day before we left.
For the majority of the open ocean trip the radar has been set to 12 miles with a 9 mile 360 degree alarm zone.
We run at full throttle about every 24 hours for 5 minutes to clear out any soot from the smoke stack, and in theory clear any gunk on the engine cylinder walls caused by running at lower RPM for extended periods of time.
Our 160 gallon per day water maker has been on about 1/3 of the time during this passage.