POV 2

The adventures of POV 2, a Lagoon 42 catamaran, crossing the Atlantic.

12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
12 December 2018 | . 300 Miles from St Lucia
10 December 2018 | 600 miles from St. Lucia
10 December 2018 | a dark night
09 December 2018 | 650 miles from the Caribbean
09 December 2018 | 19 Degrees North, 48 Degrees West
07 December 2018 | 20 Degrees North, 45 Degrees West
06 December 2018 | Westing along the 20th Parallel near the 43rd meridian
06 December 2018 | pasthalf
05 December 2018 | Top of the Hump
05 December 2018 | Oval Office
05 December 2018 | Middle of the Atlantic
04 December 2018 | middle of the world
04 December 2018 | Area 51
04 December 2018 | atlantic ocean
03 December 2018 | Middle of the Atlantic
03 December 2018 | In The Galley
03 December 2018 | wherever we were last night

The Boys: Cy

12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
Chris
 

Taking turns any the helm.

The Boys: David

12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
Chris
 

Taking turns any the helm.

The Boys: Cy

12 December 2018 | 2 Days Out!
Chris
 

Taking turns any the helm.

It's a Bright, Bright Sun Shiny Day

12 December 2018 | . 300 Miles from St Lucia
Mark
300 miles until we land in St Lucia! If our E,SE winds continue, we might even make it there by Friday morning. The sun is shining this morning but it didn't seem so bright yesterday afternoon when we started having autopilot and rudder issues. The autopilot would shut down saying it couldn't control the rudder. At about the same time, we started noticing huge fields of sargasso seaweed in the water. After taking an underwater picture of the rudder and seeing the sargasso hanging from it, we concluded the two events were related. Doing wide arcs with the steering wheel periodically cleared the weed and the autopilot functioned much better. Nevertheless, all of last night's watches required more diligence and no departures from the helm including my watch when winds increased from 20 to 32 knots and the autopilot stopped functioning again. Cy, just one member of this amazing crew, heard the commotion and got up to help me put in a reef. But this morning, the autopilot is working well, the sargasso is not as prevalent, and David wakes up to make an expresso latte.

Things that go bump in the night

10 December 2018 | 600 miles from St. Lucia
cy
The tranquility of night does not exist at sea. three hour watches result in interrupted sleep and when you're trying to rest as you lay in the cabin all is not quiet. the catamarans twin hull design it makes a cacophony of sounds. The result is banging, crashing and creaking that makes you wonder how this thing is still floating. The banging and crashing is so loud and sudden that it makes sleeping a challenge . That and the accompanying chaotic pitching motion in the pitch black adds to the experience. None of us has had a full night sleep since leaving land. After this interrupted sleep comes watch. The first thing that greets you on night watch is utter darkness. There is no moon and the world in it's blackness is undefinable. Go into a closet, turn out the lights and this is what the bridge is like. The boat is tossing and rolling from unseen but noisy seas. The reassuring dim lights of the navigation system is the only frame of reference and only source of information. Large powerful squalls which appear as ominous towering dark thunderheads in the day appear as quarter inch specks of red on the radar screen at night. That is of course until you hit one. Ask David

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Per Cy- things that go bump in the night

10 December 2018 | a dark night
david
Day 15-the rouge wave
Cy was on watch at about 8:15 pm. Chris was lying down before he started at 11, and I was asleep because I was to be up from 2 am- 5 am. The cabins were stuffy so we each had the hatches open at the “ vent notch” setting. Cy, at the helm, opened the side awning because, as he stated, he wanted to “feel the ocean”. Per his report, not more than 5 minutes later, the huge rouge wave washed up over the port hull and soaked him at the helm. Well, you cannot imagine what it is like to be sound asleep on a boat and be awoken by water cascading on top of you. By the time I realized what was happening, I was drenched, and frantically reaching for the hatch levers, which I couldn't see, and barely feel through the cascading water. Then it was gone for a second as the boat rolled the other way, and back for a second dousing as she came back to port before I could focus enough to close the hatch tight. Chris called it a convergence of extraordinary energy.

Later in the night I had my second abrupt washing. I was on watch, minding my own business, doing what I was supposed to be doing, watching the wind gauges, watching the radar, watching the helm angle (that’s why they call it Watch), and multitasking as I was texting with Peggy, and a small red blip on the radar formed about 4 miles off the stern, but to windward, the bad omen place. I watched it and it seemed like it was gonna pass far to our port side. I mentally prepared for what I would do if it got closer. I loaded the furling line on the winch. The main was already reefed. It started to rain so I brought in the cloths and linens that were trying to dry from the previous soaking, and by the time I got back to the helm, the squall had exploded to a all encompassing red blob on the radar, then the rain turned into a blowing torrential downpour going sideways. I ran to the winch to release the sheet so I could furl the jib some, and then felt the boat turning up into the wind, and ran back to the helm, and saw a message on the autopilot screen that it had lost rudder control, so I quickly put it on standby, and took over the helm. By this time, Mark and Cy were up to help, and got the jib in 25%. Then it was over. The wind backed down to the mid 20s from a max of 37 knots, the autopilot reengaged, and we all stood there dripping wet, wondering what happened.
Vessel Name: POV 2
Vessel Make/Model: Lagoon 42
Crew: Mark, Cy, Chris & Dave
About: Old enough to know better, just not wise enough.
POV 2's Photos - Main
13 Photos
Created 26 September 2018
There's so much to do to get a boat ready to make her uniquely yours. Zach is raising the France country flag, which is flown as a courtesy to your host country. Here's also a picture of putting the name of the boat actually on the boat. Why the name POV 2? As many of you know, Pam named our Sonoma county home, Point of View. It only seemed fitting to use the name again for our home on the water.
3 Photos
Created 20 September 2018
These are pictures from our two hour test sail. First time I've ever launched a Code Zero sail (well, I had a lot of help). The boat handles amazingly well.
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Created 20 September 2018
Pictures include moving the boat from the basin/canal to La Rochelle's main marina. You can see the medieval fortresses of La Rochelle. Between the two towers is the city's old harbor. They used to hang a large chain across this harbor entrance at night to prevent ships from entering.
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Created 20 September 2018
Here are some pictures of the galley items in the cabinets. Look good, Pam?
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Created 20 September 2018
Zach and I spent most of Sunday unpacking the 50+ boxes from Amazon and Amazon France. Furnishing a boat is like furnishing a condo including items for the cabins (sheets, blankets, pillows), the heads (towels, floor rugs) and the galley (plates, silverware, glasses, pots, pans, cooking utensils), as well as numerous safety items (liferaft, EPIRB, rescue sling).
4 Photos
Created 17 September 2018
This album includes some pictures of other boats before they are placed in the water. A huge semi literally moves the catamaran on its side from the factory (60+ miles away) to La Rochelle. It is then put on the ground where it is fitted with its mast and rigging. A large crane then envelops the boat and attaches two large straps around its bottom lifting it up and crawling to the dockside where it is lowered into the water.
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Created 17 September 2018