June 29th. 7th consecutive day at sea.
1-3 foot seas from the north east and 0-15 knots wind from the north east
5.1 knots at 1.3 gph
Mainsail and mizzen deployed
We have settled into our daily routine now. We have a nightly watch schedule and during the day whomever naps when they want. Our watch durations depend on weather and sea conditions. In really bad conditions we do a 3 hour on and 3 hour off alternating through the night. In nice conditions we switch to a 5 hours on and 5 hours off. Watches consist of hourly engine room checks. During these checks we use an infrared temp gun to check various parts of the engine (exhaust, cooling and oil systems), transmission running gear for temperature variations from norm. An abnormal temp is usually a precursor to bad things to come. We have not seen another boat or anything for that matter but beautiful star and cloud formations and sunsets and sunrises for 6 days but still keep a vigilant radar and AIS watch.
The diesel duck 462 is the perfect boat for two guys. We each have a nice stateroom with ensuite head. For those of u who know the interior layout, my boat has the salon desk area closed off and converted to a full size separate washer and dryer cabinet. With this configuration the forward stateroom and head can be closed off with a heavy curtain.
I can not say enough about the flybridge completely equipped with full instrumentation and a Stidd helm chair. Shade under the large Bimini, 360 degree view, cool breeze. 99% of our time is spent here.
It is very easy for two people to find their own space if needed.
Last but not least our fish catching drought continues.
500+ miles to Ponephi. Passing Chuuk. Not sure what we are going to do yet. After almost two years of cruising I am excited about getting the boat back to S California.