August-16th-blog

We have crossed the international date line so I think it might actually be the 15th. Our 8th day at sea. The good weather per the forecast has come and we are back to cruising at 5 knots burning 1.3gph.
I received a question about running the boat at night. I try to time my long passages to take place when there is a lot of moon. But, u still really can’t see what is front of the boat, it is just too dark. You closely monitor your radar and AIS systems to help avoid running into something big but with the small things you just have to cross your fingers and have a good strong boat in case u hit something. My forward scanning sonar really only works at very slow speeds. Diesel Ducks have 4 watertight bulkheads and thick steel plate in all the critical areas including a double steel bottom due to the fuel tanks lining the bottom of the hull. Our night watch/sleeping system has morphed into a 4-5-5-3 system with two people on board. 8 pm-midnight and 5 am-10 am is when Jordan sleeps and I am on watch. I sleep midnight to 5 am and 10am to 1 pm. The rest of the time we are both awake or trade off napping. It is a big ocean and your chances of hitting anything are very sma
ll. To give u an idea how big, for the last 8 days at sea covering 900+ miles we have not seen another boat or for that matter anything whatsoever in the water. Completely empty. The largest things we have seen have been some small trash pieces floating by.
Being isolated on a small boat for such a long time especially at night effects people differently. I just talk to myself a little more than I do when I am on dry land.
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Current heading of 68 degrees direct to our Johnston Atoll waypoint. There is a nasty tropical storm crossing our path in about 5 days. Hopefully it will loose a lot of its strength before it hits us. This time of the year that is what usually happens. The storms start off very strong by Mexico and as they head west they weaken.