08 June 2011

Day4: We made Oriental.

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. 

Today's route:

Tomorrow we run the inside up to Norfolk, VA.


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