04 June 2013 | 07 14.9'N:166 04.5'E, 296 nm from Majuro
Present position:07 deg 14.9' N 166 deg 4.9' E COG: 090 deg SOG: 5.4 kts Estimated position 24hours:07 deg 15.8' N 168 deg 22.4' E Baro:29.74, last 24hr range: 29.68-77 Wind:NE 18 kts, last 24hr we have seen the wind shift E>ENE>NE 10-20kts, we had a couple hours of 10-12, but now back to 15+ Seas:3 M, and have also shifted to NE, bringing them more onto our port beam; thank goodness for the para-vane stabilizers Clouds:40% scattered cumulus
Summary: 296nm to Majuro.
No big news. No ships seen in the last 3 days. Just long distance released a nice fish on the 30W rig. Had Dave turn the boat around as we were close to being spooled and fish must have turned, gotten some slack and poof. Will keep trying.
Salt is a part of this experience. With spray from wind and waves, everything is covered with salt. As you hold on to the rails to walk up and down the deck, crystals cover ones hands. Any minor cut will talk to you. Clothes don't dry well as they get salt spray when hanging outside. I do see a possibility for marketing pure North Pacific sea salt in small quantities for many dollars. Maybe for scruffing one's rough areas. We can set up a stand at Nordstroms. It is a wonder that any electrical equipment still functions. The difference in quality of stainless steel fittings becomes readily apparent. A4 or 316 is rust proof. A2 or 304 does not do as well. I now better understand the quest for good quality stainless while running around Mong Kok.
Everything else is status quo. Mahi in coconut-lime with a hint of fish sauce was pretty good. Got a dutch oven in Pohnpei and will try to make crusty bread if it will rise and stay risen in the bounce. Don't know if it is the bounding main as in "sailing, sailing over the" but that is about as good a description as any.
Less than 3 days to Majuro.