Yes, we made Oriental, NC. No, the trim tabs are not fixed.
It would appear our problem was not solenoid valves. Shortly after heat shrinking the connections, I thought to myself, it would have been a good idea to put a voltmeter on that. But, we didn't.
This morning we were on the ocean at 6:40am. Still listing!!! This is getting frustrating.
We had 224nm to cover today to make up for our lost time. Full port-side tabs needed to stabilize the boat while on plane. To maintain course the autopilot applies 3 to 5 degrees of starboard rudder, just to maintain course. Something is still not right.
Ten hours on the ocean gives a guy a chance to think. One side works and the other doesn't??? What if I take the good solenoid valve from the good side and move it to the bad side. That should work! And it did. What it also exposed... Capt. Chris noticed a sloppy switch. Broken!!! I will have to replace it in the next 200-400nm ;-)
A really good sesame seed tuna tonight. Unlikely looking place. Fantastic dinner!!!
Yesterday, they forecasted 10-15kts and 2ft seas. Actually, it was 20-25kts and 3-4ft seas. Interesting enough when you are 'forced' to run full trim tabs down in a following sea.
Interestingly, 3 Sportfish left Charleston, SC this morning at exactly the same time with the same destination in mind. We ran the same course all day.
Tomorrow's weather: It's going to be a hot one!!!
Overnight: Mostly clear, with a low around 76. Southwest wind between 11 and 13 mph.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 96. Heat index values as high as 102. Southwest wind between 10 and 13 mph.
Tomorrow we run the inside up to Norfolk, VA.