Sea Day November 2, 2012

It’s Friday morning, around 0950, and I’m about 111 nautical miles (nm) from Cedros Island.  My position is N30 05/W115 57.  I’ve gone about 120 nm in the last 24 hours, and that’s rippin’, for me.  I know, I know, you can walk that fast.  It’s about 5 miles an hour.  But you wouldn’t be hangin’ on with each step, having someone throw water in your face, grinding squid ink into your deck at night, OR having as much fun as I am!  My next waypoint is Isla San Benito, then Cedros Island.

I’m about 8 nm off the coast, have great visibility, and the coastline is stark and beautiful. I haven’t noted any other vessel traffic out here at all, by sight, AIS or radar.  I’m on my own, and loving it!  I’ve been thinking about some of the other offshore passages I’ve made over the years, and how some of them were the most unpleasant experiences.  So many people think I’m crazy for doing this singlehanded, but I’m not on a hell ship.  I’ve sailed that boat before, and never again.  There has to be respect for your crew, regardless of the position of your other crewmates.  Makani, Kai and I get along just fine.  Now if I can just get them to stand watch…

Things I have learned so far:

The best place to catch a nap is on the salon floor, with my ‘throne’ reclined fully.

I thought I was alone on this boat, but whenever I open a locker, someone throws things at me.  Got hit in the head by cinnamon earlier…

When scooping coffee out of the can, place the can inside the sink first, unless you enjoy cleaning coffee grounds out of every nook and cranny in the cabin…

Diesel jugs leak, no matter how tight you screw on the lid.

Makani must sit in my lap whenever I begin to chart, log, or write on the computer.  I’m writing this one handed now since he’s sitting on the other.  He already changed the font when he stepped all over the keyboard.

Old cat food stinks.

I’m the luckiest person on the planet right now!

I need to go plot my position now.  I hope everyone is having a great Friday!

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