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For those of you tracking our “Location” page closely, or look at it when you wake up, no you haven’t gone crazy. Yes, we have essentially stopped in the water, and yes there is a rational explanation.
When we provisioned for this crossing, we did a good job of making sure we have plenty of food and reserve drinking water on board, filled up with as much diesel as we could for power and propulsion and topped off the water tanks. The food and diesel have been holding out quite well, but since neither Amy nor I enjoy going days without a shower and smelling rather ripe, we had used up a fair amount of the water in our water tanks.
Fortunately, we have our Cruise RO watermaker to come to the rescue. It can make 30 gallons of water hour, but it doesn’t like air being drawn into the system, which can happen when you’re going too fast or the waves are too high. So we evaluated the weather forecast, determined that coming further north had a better chance of reduced wind and sea state and altered course. Unfortunately, even with that course change, the wind and waves are still too large for us to slow the boat enough to make water and still head in the correct direction.
So, we are currently “hove to”, or perhaps more accurately forereaching as we are maintaining some forward progress, in order to smooth out the motion of the boat and allow the watermaker to work it’s magic. It seems to be working and in another hour or two we should have completely topped off the tanks and be ready to get back on course!