Wednesday 4/3/13 15:00
18 10.931 S
95 10.116 W
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Finally after two weeks of rolling in eight to ten foot following seas it has let up a little. I am sure that if it goes totally dead I will long for the high winds again. We are sailing along on course at about five knots with only seven to eight knots of apparent wind. It is surprising that a person can sleep when your body is rolling side to side and the boat is creaking and moaning. Just imagine taking your kitchen and tipping it thirty degrees one way and then slamming it thirty degrees the other. Stuff is always banging and clanging around. There is always that one can or jar that clinks up against a cabinet. Then when you climb out of your bed it quits then just as you fall asleep it starts again, it can drive you totally nuts.
We have developed a way to hang the generator from the boom so it is gimbaled and does not tip over, which it did when we were hit by a particularly large wave. The thing kept running lying on its side as I scrambled up to shut it down. The only thing that happened is oil ran into the air cleaner and chocked of the motor. When I got it started again it started smoking like crazy until it burned the oil out of it. Because the auto pilot has to work so hard to keep us on course in the rolling seas we seem to have to run the generator at least twice a day to charge the battery. Without the generator we would have to take turns steering the boat and that would have been a challenging sail for the next 2 weeks. Every day there is something to fix.
Yesterday we saw a pod of False killer whales (that’s their real name according to our Nature book). They are about 12 feet long. They hung around the boat for quite a while swimming alongside and then diving under the boat. It is always amazing to see them up close in the wild. There are also schools of flying fish that seem to all take off in unison and fly about 5 feet. Every morning we find a few on deck.
I am surprised just how much easier it is with another person on the boat. I actually get a chance to sleep five or six hours at a time. And having someone to talk to makes a big difference and Barb does not let me forget to eat.