Day 25, shit day according to Gerry
16 June 2021 | 07 47.405'S:129 37.340'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
07 47.405 S
129 37.340 W
Weather; cloudy and wet, wind 5- 12 knots, waves 2 - 3 metres
MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY CAROL, WE HOPE IT'S A SPECIAL ONE, WE WILL BE THINKING OF YOU.
I asked Gerry what I should write about the last 24 hours and his reply was "shit", so that was how our day panned out. The clouds never totally disappeared for the entire day and night, the sun barely came out so the solar panels weren't charging the batteries, it rained on and off all day and night finding the one place in the cockpit that we can't keep the rain out Ð it runs down the back stay and splashes onto the seat in front of the helm where we sit. Having said that we had a dry moment mid-morning when Gerry announced that we needed to go out on deck as the halyard for the jib had broken, oh joy! Gerry went out first and pulled the broken halyard out of the way and made sure that we had the spare ready to attach to the top of the jib. I joined him as he was pulling down and in the sail, trying to keep it from being blown over the side of the boat and into the water whilst we were bobbing along rolling from side to side at about 4.5 knots. I've explained the same proce
dure before so I'm going to cut it a bit short here. Gerry attached the spare halyard to the top of the jib furler and sprayed it with magic fairy dust to make sure it was moving freely, he then retired to the mast and I took up my precarious position at the pulpit. Whilst Gerry winched the sail up, I fed it into the track trying to keep it from flying over the side of the boat and keeping away from the sheets which were thrashing about and likely to whip me at any given point. We managed to get the sail back up into place and I then had to hurry back to the cockpit to tighten up the sheets and make the sail flyable whilst Gerry finished with the winching, positioning of the pole and tidying up. We had only just finished and were safely back in the cockpit when the rain began in earnest, causing a wind shift and the jib had to be furled away as it was now flapping uselessly. With no sun to make the solar panels worth their keep we then had to run the gen set to top up the ba
tteries, all good on that front for now. Time to change out the water maker filter, as he had put the new membrane in a couple of days ago Gerry thought it would be a good idea to change out the filter so that all the water being produced is as good as it gets. This was a fairly quick and easy job and although the old filter wasn't at deaths door it was probably a good time to do this little job. The fuel polisher was again run, we just don't trust that fuel is free of debris and we need to be able to keep the gen set and the engine useable and by polishing the fuel this should help. We each tried to have a nana nap in the afternoon as we are tired and not really getting enough good hours of sleep in so we are taking it when we can get it. There was no sun set as we hadn't seen the sun all day but the sky got darker, the clouds continued to form and drop rain every now and again all through the night and the swell picked up with the darkening of the sky, not really what we
needed. The wind was all but gone so we were being driven along more by the swell than anything else and it was very rocky and unpleasant with things being thrown from one side of the boat to the other and then back again. Yet again we had to run the gen set during the night to top up the batteries, this time however there was another hiccough and a bit of a splutter after a minute or so of running, oh no not again. This would be the first job of the morning Ð investigating and possibly changing out the 10 micron filter yet again. Sure enough when the time came the filter was blocked by some rusty residue and needed a new filter, this is getting to be a serious problem as we now only have one spare filter left and we aren't too sure if there will be any filters to purchase in Nuku Hiva. I have suggested to Gerry that he sends off an email to the authorities there to make sure that they have some in stock for when we arrive as we only have 4 day visas which doesn't give us ti
me to get spares flown across from Papeete if we need to. There is no way we are going to continue on to Fiji without any spare filters at hand because Murphy's law says that if we haven't got them we will certainly need them and we aren't prepared to challenge Murphy! By the time dawn came around we had probably managed a total of 4 hours sleep between us, today was going to be a catching up sort of day. The sky at dawn was a patchwork of various colours of grey (like the book Ð 50 shades!)not a touch of blue or sun to be found anywhere. The wind has continued to come from behind us and we have been struggling to keep it at less than 150 degrees so that we can keep sailing by changing our course heading frequently, this will only be possible for a while longer as we don't want to be too far off course by the time we are in sight of Nuku Hiva.
In the last 24 hours we have put another 129NM under the keel and we didn't run the engine in the 24 hours.