05/26/2012, Halfway between Hawaii and SF
We're just about halfway home. Our trusty motor has been very helpful. We still don't believe the propeller is pitched right, but at least we're plugging away at 4+ knots through the water. We are very close to our originally planned courseline. The high seems to be moving south; we seem to be crossing the high now. That means really calm seas (no wind waves, just perhaps 2 feet of swell) and this looks very odd for the middle of the ocean. We are seeing quite a few floating trap balls of various colors: some white, some black, some orange. Probably these are from crab or lobster traps that broke off and are now just spinning around the gyre. Sean tried to pick one up but it was too heavy. He kept saying something or other about a treasure, but I couldn't understand him.
Quite a slow dayRon
05/24/2012, Middle of the Pacific Ocean
The engine problems got worse last night, and we weren't able to motor much last night. We needed to as well, as we are crossing a wind transition zone where the winds should be pushing us the right direction soon. So, we made some progress yesterday and last night, but not much. We have turned east for the most part!
Engine repair day!Ron
05/23/2012, Middle of the Pacific Ocean
The engine is still giving us trouble, but we have a few reasonable workarounds. They aren't GOOD workarounds and so I think Sean decided to raise the priority of this ticket to "High". Sean and Scott, with a little of my help, ripped apart most of the fuel systems of the engine today looking for the cause of our fuel starvation problem. No luck yet. We have some fresh ideas for tomorrow, though. And, because we had decent wind all day, we made good progress even without the motor. Me, I'm definitely more on the electronics side, so I got to observe more than anything else. And supervise, although they didn't realize I was doing that!
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