Wed 11Nov09 Day33 YES!!... One working watermaker ...

Wednesday 11th November 2009

Watermaker finally OK - with only slight dripping from a connection that was dripping before - can't tighten it any more - think it's the hose - metal spiral in plastic wall of hose... NO water spurting all over aft cabin! - and water tanks full...YES!! (Just hope it continues - I'll always be worried until hoses are replaced entirely with fresh ones of exact right size!)Had to take off hose completely and remove some Teflon grease I'd used to help get hose onto connector - not a good idea ... but after a short while, and a bit of struggling, I was able to start it up and slowly bring it up to pressure - very trepidatiously, I have to say..... !! Great news!! I feel quite elated .. and I relaxed for rest of day after putting aft cabin back together again.

Today's noon position & weather report:
LATITUDE: 26-57.43S LONGITUDE: 024-52.69W
COURSE: 150T SPEED: 2.3 !!!
WIND SPEED: 5 WIND DIR: NW WAVE HT: 1.5M WAVE PER: 4
SWELL DIR: SW SWELL HT: 2.5M SWELL PER: 8
CLOUDS: 10% BARO: 1021
AIR TEMP: 28.0C SEA TEMP: 28.0C
COMMENT: Variable, v. lt. wind- again. Slight fair current DMG:54M By log: 47M!!

We're struggling to keep above 2 knots - mostly below, in such light winds it's difficult to keep a good course in roughly the right direction...

Looks as though this will continue for 2-3 days...

Groupama will need to go well W of where I am to avoid this high - which is all set to spread out further...

Lovely sunset - but noticeable long big SW swell from Southern Ocean weather.. soon..!

Written by : Mike

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