Day 5 - Head still Clogged:

Blue Note
Marco M.
Sun 21 Dec 2014 14:23
Date: Sunday 12/21/14 - Time:  14:20 UTC
Position 13:49.749N  36:42.903W
COG 255M SOG 6.0kt, Wind 72T 12 kt,
Temperatures: Air 26.9C, Sea 23.1C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 151 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 113 NM
Sailed distance since departure:753.9 NM
Time since departure: 5d 1h 30m
Average Speed since departure: 6.13      kt
Average VMG since departure:   5.21  kt
Intention: sail to Virgin Gorda
Distance to End on rhumb line: 1617 NM
ETA: Friday January 2, 2015 @ 13:00 UTC

Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):

  Yesterday afternoon was spent trying to unclogged the hose going from the head to the anti-syphone.
We tried (unsuccessfully) with:
  •  Hot water
  • A cork screw tied (using a large crimp connector) to a thick battery electric cable

The conclusion is that in the 1.5" hose there is too much of calcification builds up that a short obstruction (like a lemon seed) might have just caused the clog.
Option "B" to make the head functional again is to use a 1" ID hose to by-pass the faulty hose and go directly from the head to the thru-hull.
The connection of the 1" inside diameter hose with the 1.5 " ID connector at the head was solved by boding the outside of the 1" hose to the inside of the head connector using epoxy for plastic.
This was performed carefully this morning after breakfast.
Because the curing time for full strength of the epoxy  is 24 hours. We will have to wait tomorrow to see if the solution will work.

Meantime, the skipper demonstrated to the crew the proper and safe way to relieve themselves in absence of a function head:

  1. The "Green Bucket Deposit" option
  2. The "Direct Deposit" option

Crew is thrilled to had such a unique  experience in the middle of the Atlantic  !!

Beside head-related issues. The sail is great with a last 24 sailed distance of xxx NM.
The heading is still WSW to avoid the center of high pressure (with its calm wind) that has developed on the Cape-Verde to BVI rhumb line.

Green Bucket
The "Green Bucket Deposit" - Note the use of life jacket with harness tied to boat and the ready to use toilet paper.
Note also for for a real deposit is probably better not to use the the crotch strap (and to remove pants)

Direct deposit
The "Direct Deposit" option. Note again the safety life jacket and harness.
It is recommended not to use the crotch strap for a real deposit.
Note also the intense _expression_ to mimic the deposit concentration.


Different view of the "Direct Deposit" option.
Note the wash-down green hose ready to be used for post deposit cleaning.
Again: crotch strap should be avoid for real deposit.