Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 4

May 16, 2002

As of 1:00AM EDT, our stats are:
13 02.289 North 62 38.903 West
Distance made good last 24 hours- 165 miles
Average speed 6.875 kts
1700 RPM
Fuel burned 71 gallons
Fuel remaining 829
Range at current speed- 1920 KM
Distance remaining to Panama Canal 1,085 KM
Course 281
ER temp 111 F

We are just "slidin' along, singin' a song" as we make our way toward Panama. It is 1:00 AM as I write this. I am standing my "short" night watch which is midnight to 2:00 AM. We picked up the same watch schedule as crew #3 and just inserted new names. It works great.

It is truly great to be at sea again. It has been over a year since I have made a passage and the wonderful state of mind and since of well being that one gets on a passage had somehow been forgotten. One week ago, I was stressed out to Def-con 5 and now I can't remember why....? At the moment, I aging backwards.

Despite the still working cell phones and the Iridium phone (which hasn't rung yet) and e-mail, we are still morphing into a mindset that this is our little world and the mission is to get this boat (and ourselves) safely to Acapulco without incident.

Yesterday was our first full (day light) day at sea and we used it to get settled. Bags were unpacked and items stowed and remnants of crew #3 were disposed of as we took position of our ship. I awoke with a residue of my sea sickness, but nuked it with two Excedrin - a trick that I learned some years ago. I am now bullet-proof and this will last for the next 3 weeks.

As the above data figures indicate, we are running at a rather high RPM for the beginning of a passage and being a little wasteful of ADE's fuel. With the short duration of this leg, and the fact that we are feeling that time is of the essence, we want to put miles in the bank early. We can slow down later if we need to, but I don't expect it.

While this is obviously partisan, I want to take a moment to recognize what a great little ship this is. After CROSSING THE ATLANTIC(!), "Nordhavn" was ready to depart on the next leg within about 5 hours. Most boats of this size couldn't (or sensibly wouldn't) make such passages and if they did, would probably have a long work list to attend to before departing. People who know me are aware that I am partial to the N62, but I must say that you can't help but love this little bull dog.

We do an engine room check each hour (religiously). Sometimes we just turn on the light and look in - especially at night if Mike is sleeping in the guest stateroom (next to the ER door). When the bright fluorescent lights are turned on, one feels a sense of confidence. The engine room is bright white and spotless. The trusty Lugger (now 4119 hours) is smoothly purring away- almost with an attitude.

I have a great crew. Mike Gregovich, a mechanical engineer, has been my neighbor for 17 years and works for PAE as resident engineer and technical writer. Mike is an excellent cook and last night produced a tasty dinner of baked chicken, special "Mike" rice, cauliflower and salad last night. Jeff Merrill is the Projec Manager for the N35 and also does general sales of all Nordhavn models and brokerage. Jeff is a master of details and one never lacks for information when in his presence. He has been a huge help as we had to navigate through the hundreds of details to accomplish the quick turn around. Jeff is also a music lover and keeps the stereo stocked with the perfect Jimmy Buffet CDs. Also, at precisely 5:00 PM, Jeff is the operator of the blender.Jeff is a graduate of Stanford and Mike is a graduate of Cal, so there is a friendly rivalry between them.

It's now 2:00AM and I'm outta here...


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