TIME: 2016/04/28 18:12
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Marquesas Islands – Day 2 – 168 nm, 2601 nm to go!
Our engine issue is currently much better due to Ken Dickinson\’s trick he recommended of venting our crankcase with an external tube.
We\’re burning or passing through less oil and seem to be leaking none – Thank You Ken! The engines will have to be completely re-done when we get to Tahiti to find out what the issue is. My guess is bad parts? (not likely), something left inside an oil galley/breather tube or improper assembly?
Something completely unexpected or a different issue? But why both of them….ummm.
Judgment shall be reserved for the experts.
Having said that, we finally found the trade winds last night at 8 pm local time at 3 deg 30 min South x 093 deg 30 min West.
As such, \”Miss Piggy\” is flying under full sail! We\’ve the full main and reacher and with 16 knots of wind, 13 apparent on the port beam, we\’ve been averaging around 9.8 knots the last 4 hours. Favorable currents are always appreciated!
The big water maker is giving me a bit of an issue, but I know how to fix it, the little one is working fine. Nice having two!
The weather is good, the winds look to be consistent (if not a bit too southerly for my ideal liking), but hopefully no stronger. We just don\’t need any more (unless and until it goes straight out of the East). Our strategy is to head more westerly when it\’s rough and tumble and more southerly when it lightens up – which it undoubtedly will at some point.
We sail MUCH faster than we motor and this is the kind of conditions where \”Beach House\” gets to stretch her legs; she\’s a true Ocean Greyhound.
Starting to settle into the daily routine.
Scott and Nikki