04 May 2012
A Post from Stoshman
Yesterday after noon brought us to the most remote gas station in the North Atlantic Ocean. Our tank read well under half so David and I set out to transfer 17 jugs of fuel. The task was to un-lash all but 10 jugs from the side rails. Then syphon, one by one, without too much spillage, the diesel into the main tanks. At the end of a couple hours our main tanks were full.
We figure with fuel and water usage, Palarran is a Ton lighter.
Skinny Dave's soon to be famous Nacho deluxe for Dinner. He made a minced meat chili from scratch, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream completed the feast. David about passed out after eating and was in bed by 8:00pm.
Last night's watch started out with confused seas and a light breeze, turning to West 15kn from astern. Skinny Dave on midnight shift saw 20-25kn W wind and brought Palarran to over 11 knots at full sail. David's early AM watch saw a couple squalls and lighter variable breezes. We sailed for a total of 14 hours before losing the wind again. We made 180 miles yesterday.
This morning we joked about a lack of chores and wondered what would come up next. Just then our starboard 6'6" Penn Slammer rod with matching Penn Senator spooled with 60lb mono started to sing. David was soon locked into a nice Mahi-Mahi. After a good fight I gaffed the 30 pounder and brought it aboard. The next few hours were filled with fileting and packing him along with a Bigeye Tuna and Skip Jack. Three fish in less than one hour after fishing for 5 days straight.
Dinner should be good. Skinny is making soy ginger tuna, stir fried rice, and steamed vegetables. Tomorrow we will tell you the story of Skinny Dave.