Matts blog 13

May 9, 2014 | General

Matts blog 13

Matts blog 13

The last couple of days have been relatively eventful considering we are well over 1000 miles from the nearest land. we are now 7 days into the trip and we all seem to have gotten into the routine of sleeping, when you can, for as long as possible. The crew seems to be coping well, despite Peters mental breakdown last night at the sight of a dirty oven. He couldn't even blame me for it which seemed to make him even more mad. A couple of hours after my last blog, in the middle of the night whilst i was taking my night watch on the fly bridge, I had a potentially devastating false alarm. The maretron system, a computer software installed on the boat to monitor practically every system on board, sounded an oil level alarm. Upon checking the Murphy sight gauge plumbed to the engine sump we realised it was a high oil level alarm. Initially we thought something was leaking into the sump but shutting down the engine and manually checking the oil level with the dipstick proved it was a false reading on the murphy gauge. The fault turned out to be an air lock, formed during the oil change, in the oil line to the gauge from the sump that was expanding due to the heat and lifting the oil level in the gauge. Disconnecting the breather line from the gauge at the 't' intersection where it meets the crank case breather line, and blowing down it manually, forced the airlock back out of the feed line and seems to have solved the issue. Being so far from nowhere we were almost expecting to see no other boats for the majority of the journey, based on the radar silence we had during the first leg. In the last couple of days we have had target after target on the horizon and it appears we have passed through a fleet of Japanese fishing boats. Crossing the equator prompted a mini celebration, Tony broke out a bottle of champagne, reluctantly let me have beer instead, and made some smoked salmon crackers. It was at about 2 in the morning local time so everyone was struggling to keep there eyes open and the moment was short lived as bed seemed the better option. The boat feels like it is getting bored, we have not had any significant waves or stormy weather since departing Nuku Hiva to put it to the test and it has been an extremely comfortable journey so far. We are on the border of the ITCZ now and the counter-currents heading east are working in our favour, our actual boat speed is 1.5 knots faster than our speed through the water and the sea has died right off. We are still 120 miles south of the recommended optimum currents, unfortunately however, in the next couple of days we are likely to have to do some thunder storm dodging. Not too worried about the potential storms we are facing, the boat has proven it can handle anything we are willing to throw at it. Due to arrive in Panama aproximately on may the 20th.
At 08/05/2014 16:50 (utc) our position was 03°43.47'N 124°21.64'W course 069T speed 10.0 True Wind Direction 164T True Wind Speed14.7

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