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Date: 09 Dec 2007 15:01:18
Title: Southern Princess Day 14 12z 15:41N 55:06W

In the last 24 hours we have motored for 22 hours 54 minutes!!! This part of the Atlantic is not as rough as a ferry wake in Sydney Harbour.
 
Irene has been commenting about the noise the furniture makes in the aft
cabin and she has not been able to sleep there. I have been checking on the
noise and it has been getting louder as the trip progressed so we checked
the port aft deck locker where the auto pilot ram is mounted.
 
Oops, the plywood bracket is loose and working backwards and forwards which was causing the noise. Not a good installation, with parts only fibreglassed on one side and epoxy glue, designed to join a horizontal and vertical plywood panel to make it extra strong, has been applied over urethane varnish and the varnish has just let go. We have sent an advisory to the other 6 Beneteau 57's in the rally so they can check their installations. I know Sue in Storyteller had mentioned the noise in their aft cabin.
 
Justin did a great job with repairs and after a couple of hours adrift in the Atlantic we are up and motoring again. Still no wind!
 
We have 330nm to go and enough fuel to go the whole way if needs be.
 
Something big hit the fishing line yesterday as it not only took the lure, it took a 100 feet of line as well. Just to make sure, while we were drifting I went for a swim to see if the line was wrapped around the prop. It wasn't so it must have been a big fish!
 
ARC Control continues to keep us informed about other yachts. Below are about 2 yachts abandoned mid Atlantic.
 
Yacht NEREE at position 15 25.4N 046 45.2W at 11:45UTC Crew are intending to abandon the boat due to steering failure.
 
Barbary Duck (abandoned yesterday) reported drifting with mast in water trailing lines at position:
17 55.41N  43 07.20W at 18:30UTC  08/12
 
Making a list of things to do in St Lucia and it is getting longer by the day. Hope we get it all finished before Samantha arrives for Christmas.
 
Love to all
 
JH




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