took a brief side trip to San Martin Island, N30 29.241 W116
06.103. Gary has never seen the island before and although
Dennis has passed by several times, he was offshore or at
night and couldn't see the island. Seeing the island reminded
me of my first trip down Baja with Gil and Susan Roys on board
their MASON 43 in 1981, when we anchored and explored the
island. At that time there was nothing but a couple of fish
camp shacks. Today it is still a fish camp but there are dozens
of shacks, boats and lots of fishermen. We can't stay long
if we're are going to make San Diego in the early morning
so "Nordhavn" is off once again.
had our first two "mechanical failures" today. We had to do
a partial rebuild of the Groco head (one of the most important
pieces of equipment on NORDHAVN) and we lost our first NAIAD
cooling pump. It could be that the manufacturer of this pump
assumes that it will be installed on a vessel that puts 100
hours per year on the pump. Our real world NORDHAVN use of
this pump has proven it to be quite unsatisfactory.
we recall our failures so far on this leg there have been
few. We had to replace a bad Iridium antenna that was cracked
and kept getting wet, the head and now the Naiad cooling pump.
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