MV Shearwater

08 September 2013 | Kitchen Table
06 September 2013 | Admiralty Inlet
06 September 2013 | Mid Pacific
06 September 2013 | Off Oregon coast
06 September 2013 | Neah Bay
05 September 2013 | 47 42.7'N:125 27.6'W, 50nm from Wa entrance
04 September 2013 | 45 44.9'N:127 41.5'W, 197nm from Wa entrance
03 September 2013 | 43 51.3'N:130 07.0'W, 350nm from Wa entrance
02 September 2013 | 42 18.2'N:132 43.2'W, 498nm from Wa
01 September 2013 | 40 47.1'N:135 11.7'W, 636 nm from Wa
31 August 2013 | 40 23'N:138 20'W, 754 nm from Wa
30 August 2013 | 39 42.4'N:141 25.8'W, 882nm from Wa
29 August 2013 | 38 50.3'N:144 27.3'W, 1021nm from Wa
28 August 2013 | 37 18.7'N:146 40.4'W, 1160 nm from Wa
27 August 2013 | 34 41.2'N:148 30.1'W, 1292 nm from Wa
26 August 2013 | 34 11.0'N:150 23.5'W, 1420 nm from Wa
25 August 2013 | 32 25.1'N:152 21.8'W, 1565nm from Wa
24 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1706 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 27 25.9'N:153 57.0'W, 1893 nm from Wa
23 August 2013 | 24 57.9'N:154 31.8'W, NE of Hawaii

1591 Miles to Hawaii Running like a Deere

16 June 2013 | 11 24.9'N:176 17.6'E, NE of Majuro
David C
Present position: 11deg 24.9' N 176deg 17.6'' E COG: 065deg SOG: 4.0 kts Estimated position 24hours:12deg 07.0' 177deg 49.6' Baro:29.65last 24hr range: 29.62-68 Wind: NE 22-25 kts, 24 h range 18-30 kts mostly in low 20's Seas:3-4 Clouds 45% Cumulus Summary: A bit stronger this morning

Looking for that rhythm of a waltz and we are getting a bit of John Cage as we progress in fits and starts through irregular seas. Partly sunny though and shearwaters everywhere wheeling and diving.

Our power train includes a John Deere 4045TFM 75 which is a 4 cylinder, turbocharged, diesel engine which puts out 135 horsepower. We are running it now at 45 % load with fuel consumption of approx 2.7 gal/hour. Speed depends on wind, waves and current. Pushing a displacement boat is far different than a planing hull which needs much more power to get it on plane and keep it there,

The engine is secured to the boat on flexible engine mounts which reduce noise and vibration. A universal joint is employed to connect the "movable" engine to the shaft which must stay fixed and the joints allow for this. The shaft passes through a thrust bearing which tranfers thrust to the boat without "pushing" the engine forward. The shaft then passes through a dripless seal to keep outside seawater from entering and then a cutlass bearing keeps the shaft aligned and lubricates the shaft's rotatory movement with seawater. Finally the propellor creates thrust as it rotates through the water and pushes the boat forward.

It is a wonderful thing to hear the engine running smoothly in all types of seastate. Deere engines converted for marine use represents a small fraction of their business which is predominently land vehicles, tractors, construction equipment and generators. Bob Senter, our diesel guru really likes this engine which also has a counter rotating vibrational dampers which reduces vibration and noise further. Happy with the Deere slogan, "Nothing runs like a Deere".

One consequence of bigger seas is a significant increase in numbers of flying fish ending up on our deck. If the wave they take off from is above boat level, they have an unpleasant surprise especially at night. This morning I counted 9!

Just passed a huge group of birds working over a school of fish so we have put out lines to restock. If not successful, we may have to resort to pressure cooked barbecued ribs or chicken which is not as bad as it may sounds, although my captive customers would have a hard time ordering in a pizza if they complained!
Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: Seahorse Marine Diesel duck 462
Hailing Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands
Crew: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Shearwater's Photos - Main
9 Photos
Created 11 June 2013
11 Photos
Created 31 May 2013
Different colors of the ocean
15 Photos
Created 27 May 2013
17 Photos
Created 11 May 2013
Selected pics from trip official photographer and videographer
10 Photos
Created 28 April 2013
7 Photos
Created 24 April 2013
Fun with hydraulics
6 Photos
Created 12 April 2013
Crew trying on survival suits
4 Photos
Created 11 April 2013
From Build to Hong Kong
6 Photos
Created 24 March 2013

Who: Dave C, Dave N, Roger R, Wade B John M, Mark R
Port: Avatiu, Cook Islands