11/04/2007, 1/2 Way to Bahia Santa Maria
I know we are in water ration mode, but when I woke up at 0700hrs after 3 days of no shower, I figured who would miss a 1/2 gallon of water. Unfortunately, I am now the only member of the crew that doesn't smell and on a 36ft boat I can only get so far away from the other crew members! I don't think anyone has figured out why I spent so much time in the head/shower and "don't ask, don't tell" works great for me!
Lori is making biscuits, Eggs and potatoes with Ham Steaks for breakfast. Add to that a fabulous sunrise with calm seas, and again, I have to ask, can it get any better? But strangely every time I ask that question out loud, I get three voices singing in harmony, "Yes, A Damn AutoPilot"! Ungreatfull Swabs...every one of them, I say!
Rick had the fishing tackle out again looking for another fish to bloody the cockpit floor. (note to self: a bloody, flogging fish can make quite a mess of the cockpit) Our ETA into Bahia Santa Maria is late morning on Nov 5th and then we will have a few more days at anchor to relax and recover. I'm sure the crew's voice needs a rest after all the autopilot nagging.
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11/04/2007, Still on this Damn Boat...somewhere at sea!
I went to sleep with dreams of biscuits and sausage in my head and then woke up to steer the boat some time around 10 pm. I was no longer cranky and the wind was lessening. Sean made the decision to take down all the sails and motor. The wind was only puffing at 3-7 knots so we were going nowhere rather fast. I steered in shifts about 1/2 to 4 hours last night so I was rather tired today. My dreams of the perfect breakfast were dashed by the fact that I forgot to turn on the oven to preheat it for the biscuits. After some juggling it came together. I gave Rich 20 lashes for misplacing my spatula. That is what happens when you let a rookie in your galley (Ha Ha Ha!). I am off to go steer now. I have no inclinations on swimming today--though a salt water bath is better than no bath at all. I wonder if I could convince the crew of that?
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11/03/2007, Enroute to Bahia Santa maria
THIRD DAY carries 150 gallons of water for drinking, doing dishes and showers in 3-50 gallon tanks. When we left San Diego we filled all 3 tanks and made it 5 days on the first 50 gallon tank. There were 7 showers taken and all the dishes, cooking, coffee and drinking with that first 50 Gallons.
When we left Bahia De Tortugas this morning the bow tank was empty so we changed over to the port water tank. I was just awoken from a nap by the bilge pump and thought that strange, so once my detective work was done, I found out that we had just dumped 50 gallons of water into the bilge and pumped it overboard! 1/3 of out water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and most importantly SHOWERING was gone! As is often the case on a boat, it wasn't a single mistake or bad turn of events that hosed us, but a combination. First a leaky hose on the pressure side of the water pump, then the standard procedure of TURNING OFF the water pump when not using the pressure water was forgotten. A + B losing 50 Gallons of water.
So now with only 50 Gallons of water left in the tanks we will have to go into conservation mode until we can refill the tanks. Bahia Santa Maria doesn't have water but maybe we can refill in Cabo San Lucas before we head to La Paz.
So that's the bad news. The good news is that we have been flying downwind with the 130% jib polled out to starboard, the Main sheeted fully out to port and the mizzen staysail fling to starboard. The mizzen staysail not only looks great (which is important.ha ha ha) but it adds about a knot to our downwind speed, so the whole crew is happy about that!
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