Cruising With Canons
26 March 2010 | Isla Mogo Mogo, Panama
Running engine using each filter for 20 minutes after replumbing fuel system did not preclude obstreperous Westerbeke from taking a nap while maneuvering through anchorage this morning during departure. Restarting for temporary bursts of power allowed raising sails for control in minimal breeze until air sucking hose was clamped into submission. For the uninitiated this illustrates cruising rule #47 which states that no level of preventative effort will be effective, 33.3% of the time. This is an average and will, of course, be higher in more critical situations.
There are, I am told, otherwise intelligent people who watch the euphemistically referred to 'reality' series "Survivor". You know who you are. Please let me remain ignorant of any such little peccadillos as respect is such a difficult thing to regain. It is filmed right here on Isla Mogo Mogo and Isla Chapera. Pleased to report that there is no sign of such activity at present.
On the way across from Isla Taboga, which consisted, primarily, in motoring over glassy seas, finally got around to checking operation of tiller pilot, installed something over a year ago. What! He has a tiller, you query? No, a Voyager wind vane. Uh huh, uh huh. Doesn't that steer by the wind, you persist? Well, yes, sometimes. It requires wind. If there is none, the little electronic rascal can use mechanical fella to hold a heading or course. Cool! Deal is, this Rube Goldberg arrangement uses scads fewer electrons than big honkin' unit below deck and serves as a backup. Way cool! Discovered, given the two possible configurations of port or starboard steering, it was set on the wrong one. This illustrates cruising rule #32 stating that given two equally likely choices, the option selected will be wrong 66.7% of the time.