We finally have news on the port engine issues! We have been trying to find a new oil spray jet since April, despite having 2 on order with different companies for many months none ever showed up. Today Chris from Seadub milled out the top section of our original spray jet. We wanted to find out how it works and to see if there was anything obviously wrong inside. Everything looked fine apart from a flake of engine paint. He machined up a new top section, pressed it back into place and now it’s ready to fit back into the engine. At least we are now sure that it’s working as it should!
Our last night before arriving in Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas. The voyage from the Galápagos turned out to be a beautiful, easy passage with steady winds aided by good currents. Based on the Predict Wind weather forecasts and historical wind patterns from the great man Jimmy Cornell, we stayed north for the first part of the passage, taking advantage of the SE winds, and then when the winds shifted E we turned south west and a direct line for Fatu Hiva. In the end we sailed the whole passage on the one port tack, all 2,900 nautical miles. The passage, although further than the Atlantic crossing, took us only 18 days, 2 days faster than the Atlantic!
《Il mare incanta, il mare uccide, commuove, spaventa, fa anche ridere, alle volte sparisce, ogni tanto si traveste da lago, oppure costruisce tempeste, divora navi, regala ricchezze, non dà risposte, è saggio, è dolce, è potente, è imprevedibile. Ma soprattutto il mare chiama.》AB
《Ho sempre avuto l’idea che navigando ci siano soltanto due veri maestri, uno è il mare, e l’altro è la barca, E il cielo, state dimenticando il cielo, Si, chiaro, il cielo, I venti, Le nuvole, Il cielo, Si, il cielo.》BB