22 January 2009
We had a great sail south from Ipala, with 12 knots of breeze on the beam, we were able to make 6 knots under sail.
Along the way, we saw a fantastic display of whales playing very near our boat.
At one point, while we were running the engine, the motor stopped. I determined that a fuel filter had clogged. We have two fuel tanks, so we switched to the other tank. Then I showed Francois how to bleed the air out of a diesel engine fuel system to get it running again.
We had hoped to make it to Carreyes, but that would have put us arriving at sunset, with no margin for error. So we decided to pull in earlier at Chamela Bay. We got into Chamela just around 630 PM and dropped anchor in 20 feet of water. I tested the anchor by running the engine in reverse and looking to see if the boat moves. It did, which indicated we didn't have good holding. So we decided to raise anchor and try somewhere else.
In raising anchor we had trouble with the windlass again; the circuit breaker kept popping off. As a result it took a long time to raise the anchor in order to reset it elsewhere. We finally got the anchor up, and set it down in a different location, where we found firm holding.
When we get to a marina, I will have to look at the windlass and consider replacing it. It's clearly not up to the task.