A very bad night sleep was had by all. The rolling motion of Hot Ice keeping everyone from sleeping properly. Over and above that, the battery to which I connected by apnea machine was running low and there was not enough charge to use it overnight. It must be connected to our engine which is not starting from the 3rd day. Mark has tried to fix it on several occasion but the relay is in a very difficult position to get to under the engine and I think he has resigned himself to the fact that it won’t be repaired on this trip.
As a result the batteries aren’t charging and we do not get hot water to wash. We will also need to sail onto the mooring in Rio. The skipper is not phased about this and in fact see it as some sort of challenge to be able to complete the entire journey under sail. None of us are concerned, although some hot water would have been nice to have for washing.
As a result we have shuffled sleeping berths and I have moved to the starboard side bunk which is next to the engines so I can get power from our other engine that does start. It’s a generator engine only and powers everything else except the propeller and hot water.
Everyone seemed to get up about 6am but you could see it was a bad night when most of the crew went back to bed after breakfast. Shaun, Mark and myself stayed up and chatted. The day started off overcast but the blue sky came out later in the morning for the day. Later in the morning a school of skip jack tuna started to swim alongside boat and they stayed there for most of the day. Our resident fishermen, Jean and Mike tried to lure one but they were not interested. They were in my view too small to eat anyway.
We headed west for the entire day and hopefully made good ground. It’s hard to think that Maserati is nearly finished and we are not over half way yet.As we are going it will take us at least another 14 days.For someone that is a very busy, I am finding it hard to do nothing and there is 14 days more….
Till tomorrow when I will tell you a little about various aspect of living aboard.