Bliss & Prep for Possible Gale Winds
23 January 2018 | East of New Zealand along 40 degrees South
We had a good night and day of sailing, keeping our new pale blue gennaker up last afternoon and throughout the night doing good speed. This morning we took it down as the wind freshened a bit to 14kts and also shifted more to the south than west. But we're still sailing well under jib and main averaging about 5.9kts. This morning I was dancing in the cockpit for an hour listening to good stuff through the Bose headphones again. With the sunrise, the gennaker pulling us well, and the birds, it was bliss!
My Dell laptop decided to go on the blink for a reason other than before. Since I had found the charging problem and fixed it, it decided to fuck up its keyboard first by writing many different letters at once when I hit a key stroke (which makes it a challenge to enter the password to log on!) then the keyboard altogether stopped functioning!
So I just stowed that worthless piece of tech away; I'm tired of getting mad at Dell computers. It's not a hardship at all since all the other computers are doing fine so far.
We probably going to get gale force winds in a few days. A gigantic low is predicted southeast of us by the 31st so we'll make sure to stay north of it (the low will be centered at 55S 135W I think) to stay in winds less than 40kts. So I did a check up on deck and taped shut the windlass and anchor locker so no water can get in the forepeak. The less water going in the "watertight" locker the fewer the chances of it finding a way to the bilge in the main part of the boat.
And just for good measure the watermaker is on the blink again! Today it produced about a pint and then quit producing. Now I don't have a repair kit anymore but I'm sure that all the seals and things I replaced the other day are still fine so I'm hoping that a piece of crap found its way in there and lodged itself in a valve, and since the pre-filter bowl had a lot of "floaties" in it I have a non-zero hope that it could be the problem. Now that I know how to take it apart, I can go through the same shit again tomorrow and clean everything, just not replace the seals etc.... With some luck it'll fix the problem. If not it's back to water rationing. No more Viking River Cruise for a while.
Saw a lot of birds today , and even an albatross this morning after sunrise. We're going to pass near a shoal that has only 30ft of water over it... just like that in the middle of nowhere. The skies alternate between completely blue and completely overcast a couple times a day, although the barometer, the wind and the seas remain roughly the same...