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It’s my turn to talk a bit about what has been going on around here!
Yesterday we slowed the boat down a bit to test out some different sail set ups than we have been using. None of them we felt were successful enough, so back to the drawing board! We are doing so much downwind sailing; we wish we had our screecher or spinnaker working.
Household wise things have been going well. Our fresh provisions of fruit and vegetables have been holding out. I have found some things frozen in our fridge, but that’s ok. This trip, I have been better about making what I really like for breakfast – egg scrambles. David sticks with cereal. Lunch is typically a sandwich for David and tuna fish salad with an apple for me. We have about 40 servings of canned tuna on board! Dinner is always one of my advance-prepped meals. Last night I added some cooked ground beef to marinara sauce and pasta. Delicious! Tonight is pork chops.
We only did 2 nights of our 3 hour shifts, and then we switched to 6 hours. Yesterday morning, David had to wake me up in the early morning to take the main sail down, so he told me to sleep in – so I slept until he woke me up at 9:30! This morning we did a bit of the same thing – I get off shift at 1 am and sleep until either I woke up around 8:30, and then I have breakfast and he went down for a nap. We have not been napping much during the day anymore, which is nice because we actually get things done while out at sea.
Yesterday we also slowed down to run the watermaker. We are chock-full of water now. Running the generator for so long also means we got super-hot showers! I think David is disappointed by how much we slowed down, but I reminded him we have no choice. We cannot cross the Atlantic on one tank of water alone. We are not out here to break records, but to enjoy ourselves and make it to the states safe and sound!
I have been reading up a storm. We have been at sea for 5 days and I have finished 5 books:
The Book Thief
This Star Won’t Go Out
I’m a Stranger Here Myself
We have seen dolphins a few times, and have seen a few birds way out in the middle of nowhere. We have not visually seen any other boats. We have 3 on AIS right now, but the closest one is going to pass 16 nm away. We did see a very random bouy of some kind – out where it is 3 miles deep!
David got our fishing gear out yesterday and we trolled for a few hours. I hope we catch something on this trip!
We have been concerned about our fuel resources. The diesel we have onboard is our only source of power, either by running the engines with the alternator or running the generator. We have been doing some energy-saving measures, such as turning our radar off during the day, keeping screens we are not using dim, and enjoying low-power recreation such as books instead of movies. David put together a great spreadsheet showing how much diesel we have used so far, and then calculates out how much we will have left after we finish our trip, if we run the generator for x hours a day, etc. It’s pretty neat, and it did let us know that we can run the generator for 6 hours a day and still have plenty of diesel when we arrive in the Bahamas. At a certain point, we will have eaten everything in the freezer and we can turn it off – that will save us quite a bit of energy.
Anyway, we are looking good and traveling well. I hope everyone is enjoy the holidays off from work!
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