31 March 2011 | One Big Ocean
we had a good run today, flying the spinnaker at 8 knots most of the day until the winds started to pick up so we packed it away and flew with the jib at 6.5 knots. The seas were fairly comfortable.
We have an abundance of fruit that is all ripening at once: oranges, melons, avocados, tomatos, mangos, pinapples... so I made a tropical salad with fresh romaine lettuce, chopped tomato, diced mango, and a creamy cilantro salad dressing. This was topped off with salmon cakes (canned salmon mixed with egg and pan fried).
Meanwhile John prepared a pineapple Thai style--with the dark spots cut out spiral style around the pineapple, and the stalk where the leaves are serving as a sort of handle. It was a refreshing dessert after the salad.
Tonight, I'll be preparing barbequed rib-eye steaks for dinner, with a raspberry-chipotle sauce and garnished with fresh chopped pineapple chunks. We'll have sweet potatoes and butter to go with it as a side dish.
It's important to have good, fresh (when possible) and varied food for a long passage like this.
I did a boat project today. I ran a cable to the cockpit so that we can display the battery voltage on a digital display in the cockpit. For the digital display I used my backup digital VOM. This turns out to be information that is of vital information on a minute by minute basis. The battery voltage needs constant monitoring to be sure that it doesn't drop too low before starting up the genset or the engine to recharge the house bank.