30 July 2008 | 19 20'N:105 14'W,
Well, we just lost our wind data for a second time...no solution in sight yet.
While beating to Banderas Bay last night in 25 kt winds - gusts to 30...and under bare poles, we decided to unfurl the staysail when the wind subsided to 20. Half way through the process part of the sail track broke off the self tacking boom. (BAD)
At first light we noticed the horizontal rigging that passes over the yoke and joins each of the 2 bows providing structural stability to the forward part of the 2 hulls, parted due to the "turnbuckle" unscrewing.....no cotter pin in sight!!! (BAD, BAD). On seeing this we decided it would be prudent to stop our course to Banderas Bay (70 miles) and head downwind (much gentler ride) to Bahia Navidad (40 miles).
Oh, and did I mention yesterday that our starboard engine alarm went off indicating there was no charging from the alternator. Upon inspection, I noticed the alternator ground wire was no longer attached to the engine block because the bolt holding it there CRACKED off....this is one of 3 bolts that holds the alternator bracket to the engine. Upon further inspection, I found a second bolt that broke off, which which is one of 2 that holds a fuel system part to the engine block.
Also our second reefing line somehow lost it's sheath....we will determine the cause of that in B. Navidad.
Oh, well, just another day breaking in a new boat....
So here we are, now sailing down wind through countless squalls to a safe harbour in B. Navidad for some much needed repairs.