SV Panta Rhei Retirement Trip

Vessel Name: Panta Rhei
Vessel Make/Model: Able Apogee 50
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Larry and Karen
26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?
24 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
22 May 2016 | On Passage Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
21 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro to Dutch Harbor
19 May 2016 | Majuro, Marshall Islands
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26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 5: Repairs at Sea

What a great day. First off, the sailing is smooth and effortless with steady 10-12 knot winds. Seas are fairly flat but slightly rolly. Heel angle is about 10 degrees, not too bad.

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 4: Motoring Through Light Airs

The refrigerator is working now. It got air in its water cooling system caused no doubt by the long boisterous conditions. Then after I bled the system and restarted it, the fuse burned up. The problem is that the fuse terminals are too small and they heat up, which causes the fuse to fail, I need a [...]

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?

Passage Notes 3: Japan Ahead

On Wednesday May 25 at 04:23 local time our position is 19d35mN 172d11mE wind 10 knots making cog 337 at 3 kts

24 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 3: Sea Water in the Boat - 2422 nm to go

Position at Tues May 2016 local time is 17d50mN 172d3mE.

22 May 2016 | On Passage Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Passage Notes 2: Hard To Weather - 2730 nm to go

2730 nm to go

21 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro to Dutch Harbor

Passage Notes 1: Majuro to Dutch Harbor 2754 nm to go

2754 nm to go

Passage Notes 5: Repairs at Sea

26 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
What a great day. First off, the sailing is smooth and effortless with steady 10-12 knot winds. Seas are fairly flat but slightly rolly. Heel angle is about 10 degrees, not too bad.

Most people that speak of wonderful ocean passages are talking about the concept of an ocean passage, not the reality. In reality important things break and you have to deal with that. Usually dealing with that involves a great deal of suffering. Which is why you had the things that is broke in the first place.

Our reality is that we had a leak somewhere in the pressurized fresh water system. It was pumping our water over pretty fast; about every 12 minutes it dumped a teapot of fresh water into the bilge. 24 hours a day, every day, every 12 minutes. It had to be fixed, but there are thousands of feet of plumbing in a boat. Where was the leak? Even looking for water means opening up the space, which is itself a lot of work. But today I can report I found and fixed the leak. Yay! It was a pin hole in a cold water hose that was about 15 inches long. We needed to replace the hose, and (great joy!) we have about 8 feet of replacement hose of that type. Spares, you have got to love them.

And I found new connectors for the refrigerator fuse and replaced the burned up ones. So the refrigerator works, too. It all sounds so easy. That is because I leave out all the tough stuff. In this case I left out the effect of the long pump down and extended high expansion valve time which caused oil in the refrigerant to pool in the lines and disrupt the thermal feedback to the expansion valve, causing the control loop to "run away". It happens and we overcame it by doing a reset and allowing the temperatures to come into normal operating range which causes high freon flow initially which sweeps away the oil that had poooled in the wrong places.

I also left out the difficulty of replacing the hose. There is a trick. You must first lubricate the ends of the new hose with something like super lube or you will never manage to assemble it. Of course you find this out by trying. Trying happens in very difficult places to reach and involves copious sweating. Only then do you really really think.

Position is 23d02mN 172d24mE
Speed is 7.2 K.
The wind is 10.7 knots.
cog is 357T
157 Ahr solar energy and still making it.

A record day. Something to write home about. wait a minute, ...

Last night I wore a t shirt to bed. Its getting cooler. Yay!



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Passage Notes 4: Motoring Through Light Airs

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
The refrigerator is working now. It got air in its water cooling system caused no doubt by the long boisterous conditions. Then after I bled the system and restarted it, the fuse burned up. The problem is that the fuse terminals are too small and they heat up, which causes the fuse to fail, I need a larger fuse and new termination for its sockets, I can get that in Dutch Harbor. Until then I use it until it fails and then get out another spare.

Our floorboards are all swelling. I got out the hand plane and made a little space. I also reinstalled the anchor wobble stopper. It makes a clunking noise in storms without that.

I have an idea how to stop the leak in the Groco strainer. That may get worked on tomorrow.

We are motoring now. Wind died to less than 5 knots and we were trying to use that to go due west. Not our destination. We brought 30 extra gallons on top of the 200 we normally carry. We decided to use some of that. Between 20-30N we need a motor. We'll use whatever wind we get, but there isn't much.

The new batteries are working wonderfully. Two of the old batteries had completely failed. Big difference.

Larry and Karen

Passage Notes 3: Japan Ahead

25 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Japan?
Larry 😜
On Wednesday May 25 at 04:23 local time our position is 19d35mN 172d11mE wind 10 knots making cog 337 at 3 kts

We expect light winds for next two days.

Karen is sleeping, Larry is watching.

Floorboards are swelling shut and we have a fresh water leak, a slow leak but we need to look for it. I am also going to try to fix the leaking Groco fuel strainer and the refrigerator. That's a pretty ambitious schedule for us. We'll see what we get done after the day starts. Right now we'd both rather sleep.

We are running with no reefs and going the wrong direction because of the wind. Oh, well. Japan? The wind is forecast to bend a little better direction as we move.

Larry and Karen

Passage Notes 3: Sea Water in the Boat - 2422 nm to go

24 May 2016 | On passage from Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
Position at Tues May 2016 local time is 17d50mN 172d3mE.

We are making 6 knots and have 2422 nm to go.

cog 9.2 degrees magnetic. winds 19k

We are hard to port for endless days as we move to weather. This puts sea water pressure on our Groco sea water strainer that feeds the gen set. It leaks at its top seal. We are getting buckets of sea water into the engine compartment. We shut off the thru hull, but there is still a small leak.

We are still hot. Larry's seackness is improved.

Everything is hard to do including type this email!

Larry and Karen

Passage Notes 2: Hard To Weather - 2730 nm to go

22 May 2016 | On Passage Majuro, Marshall Islands to Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Larry
2730 nm to go
Sunday May 22, 2016
1428 local time

12d48m N 170d 53m E
making 6.3 knots cog 358m

Winds are 17 knots and we are running hard to weather so the boat is tipped and I'm having trouble staying in place to type this.
Both Karen and I have little clothing on. Yes we have the hatches closed.

I'm beginning to feel a little better. Karen fed me a cup of tomato soup and later a cup of beef stew. I really appreciate her doing this. Its not an easy task. It had been two days since we had eaten. Karen has had some crackers, but that is not much.

It is hot and sunny now. With the refrigerator off, the solar panels just about keep up with the load with enough extra to make it through the night. There is a west setting current here. Our heading is 017 but our course over ground is 003. That made it hard to miss the northern most islands of the Radik Chain. The wind clocked east, fortunately.

Note that we are sailing to weather. This magnifies the roughness of the sea a great deal. All those weather maps that say this is easy need interpretation!

More later.

Larry and Karen

Passage Notes 1: Majuro to Dutch Harbor 2754 nm to go

21 May 2016 | On Passage from Majuro to Dutch Harbor
2754 nm to go
12d24mN 170d52mE 8.0 knots 11am local;
21May 2302 hrs utc


We are sailing fast and that means that we are sailing on our ear. Its very uncomfortable. Also, Karen is hot. So, she is running around the boat naked. In order to help her I opened the hatch over the main salon. About half an hour later we got aboiut a gallon of sea water in the hatch from a wave splash. Not good. It drenched the computer and now the keyboard doesn't work. I'm using the back up computer to send this email. That is difficult in these conditions, so be patient.
We also had the refrigerator fail.

Larry and Karen



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