sept-24th-blog

Our autopilot pump has died. Hand steering the boat 24/7 for the next 6-7 days would definitely not be fun. The good news is that I do have a backup pump installed that was ready for activation with a flip of a couple levers and switches. Knowing that I would be single handing most of the time, making this a critical piece of equipment, I had a back up installed at the shipyard. The pump is a moderate duty pump called an Octopus pump that Seahorse has been installing for many years. Last I heard, due to many owners having problems they are switching to something else on future boats. It has lasted almost 10000 miles steering my very heavy averaging 35 ton displacement boat in some very treacherous conditions. I will replace it with a heavy duty Accu Steer brand unit upon returning to the USA. Almost all 550+ Nordhavns have that brand with almost a zero problem rate.
The weather has really calmed down allowing us to make 5 knots burning 1.6 gph as we are far enough north to skirt the edge of the eye of the Pacific high pressure cell and its associated benign weather. When the autopilot died the boat swung around 180 degrees. We immediately began making 7 knots in that direction at the same rpm with a drop in fuel consumption. That gives you an idea how the wind, swell and current hitting us directly on the bow has effected our speed etc. Marine diesel engines have a device on them similar to a cruise control in a car but it controls the rpms. At the same rpm we can burn from 1.3 to 2 gph depending on sea conditions and the amount of fuel the engine has to burn (engine load) to maintain that rpm.
There is a nasty storm coming down from Alaska that will hit us in a day or 2. The good news is the direction of the wind will be directly from the north. With our mostly easterly route we should be able to fly all of the sails and really make some speed. If our current speed holds the worst part of it will pass to the west of us.
31 54 n
136 07 w
Heading of 77 degrees.