Day 23, change out the 2 micron fuel filter
14 June 2021 | 07 07.255'S:125 27.880'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
07 07.255 S
125 27.880 W
Weather; cloudy, wind 8 - 14 knots, waves 2 - 3 metres
Well this was a slow day, the wind really didn't blow hard enough and stayed mostly to our stern. We left the jib poled out for the entire day and overnight but it was a struggle to keep it full and the odd gust that we got tended to back wind the main causing a lot of banging and crashing. Our average speed was down to about 5.5 knots which felt like we were crawling along rather than moving fast enough to get anywhere. Gerry decided to have a look at the hydraulic vang/backstay pump whilst we were relatively slow moving, this involved removing the companionway stairs and accessing the engine compartment as the back side of the hydraulic pump is located just inside the engine compartment. He topped up the oil allowing him to test the pump, it revealed a leak in the pump as the level dropped but he couldn't find where the leak originates from. He did manage to pressurize the vang but only in high speed and not low speed which means that we at least have function if not optima
l. We had a small incident whilst he had his head stuck in the engine compartment, a wave hit us sideways on and knocked the boat pretty hard on its side which had the flow on effect of loosening the engine compartment door which was tied back and slamming it into Gerry's behind and head, there was much yelling and cursing as I pulled the door back open and refastened it. Gerry has a nice bruise developing on the side of his forehead, it probably knocked some sense into him, but luckily no other damage. The day passed with still nothing new to tell you, no sightings of anything except flying fish. We passed the time playing guess that song/artist/album and I have to say that we have a lot of music that I really don't recognise, probably stuff that Abigail has bought or there are a lot of album tracks that we never play, sticking to the old favourite ones from choice. Our night watches were pretty boring, it was a juggling act to keep the wind from changing sides as it veere
d around to the stern and had us running dead square for a lot of the time. Once again we had to run the gen set during the night and at the first run the damn thing spluttered a bit, this was not good as Gerry thought the issue was resolved with changing out the 10 micron filter yesterday, it was now time to look at the 2 micron filter. Getting to this one is a little more difficult and there was a bit of sailor speak as he managed to spill a bit of diesel in the compartment, not much but enough to require a bit of kitchen towel to mop up. So once the 2 micron filter was changed out it was time to try it out once again, this time there was no spluttering and the gen set ran as it should which meant that some minute particle had managed to get through the 10 micron filter and got stuck in the 2 micron one, thank goodness we have plenty of spare filters. Of course all this happened in the pitch black of night and the head torches were needed to see anything which is probably
how the diesel got spilt Ð not enough visibility in the compartment! So on to this morning and the dawn sky was decidedly a Galah day Ð the clouds were shades of pink and grey and there was no sun to be seen, again a problem for the solar panels and battery topping off. The wind has remained to our stern and is flitting from side to side at the 150 degrees mark each way, we have left the main out to the starboard side and have the jib poled out to the port side to try and make the most of what wind there is but there is a lot of banging and crashing when the sails back wind and it's happening a lot, we just wish the wind would decide on one side or the other then we can take appropriate steps to harness it. We are moving along at 5.5 Ð 6 knots for the time being, still surrounded by the clouds but the sun has just started to peek through now at almost 10.45 am.
In the last 24 hours we covered 150 NM with no engine use, we are more than 3/4 of the way to Nuku Hiva with approx. 873 NM still to go, it seems like this will never end!