Day 3 on the Ocean
27 July 2011 | South Pacific
The last 24 hours we made 147 nautical miles; we had pleasant sailing with winds in the 12 to 15 knot range and moderate swell. For a while during the night the winds were less than 8 knots so we motor-sailed. We are getting our sea legs and settling into the rhythm of life at sea.
Last night I made three pizzas for dinner. Breakfast was scrambled eggs and onions wrapped in a tortilla (practical because you can eat with one hand). The photo is of us enjoying lunch today while heeled over at the usual 20 degree angle. Pascale made a delicious cole slaw with cabbage, apples, grated carrots, apple vinegar, mayonnaise, and sesame oil. Pictured (L to R) Bruce, crew member Daniel, Francois, Antoine, Pascale.
The Yamaha generator died and refused to run last night, so we had to run the engine periodically to keep the batteries charged. This afternoon I got out the manual for the generator and the tools to look it over. After cleaning the spark plug and re-gapping it I confirmed that we were getting a healthy spark. But the engine was so flooded from repeated starting attempts that the crankcase oil was mixed with gasoline. After changing the crankcase oil our generator was back up and running again.
That Yamaha portable generator has been an excellent purchase. We use less than a gallon a day of gasoline running it at night to keep the batteries charged. If we were using the diesel engine for this purpose we'd be using about 5 times as much.