Galapagos - Marquesas - Day 7 - 04 00.29S 109 28.13W
Mike and Liz Downing
Fri 7 May 2010 01:12
We are using the gas cooker, rather than the microwave, for our main meal in the evening as although the conditions are pretty good, the bigger swells that come along from time to time do induce rolling and as the microwave is not gimbaled, so anything inside it would fall over. We switch the gas on and off at the gas bottle before and after use, which is not as easy as it sounds. The genoa sheet goes over the top of the gas locker lid, which is in the side deck, and when the sheet is in use, as it will always be on this passage, the gas locker lid cannot be opened. To get round this and keep under full sail, we tie a short piece of rope to the sheet using a rolling hitch and take it to the midships cleat to take the strain off the sheet. The gas locker can then be opened. The rope cannot be left on so we have to repeat this when switching the gas on and off. (We have a solenoid switch and a hand switch that are also used, but feel happier switching it on and off at the bottle.)
Fishing line is out again, but nothing as yet. Other boats who fish on a regular basis have complained that the fish around here are too big and keep breaking and taking away their lines and lures. We don't think that's likely to be a problem we'll have!
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