Dictated by Roz and transcribed by her mother, Rita Savage.
Position: -05.97063S, 154.01878E
Today’s big news is that I have got my watermaker working again. This is a huge relief. Although I have now had ample experience of watermaker failure, it doesn’t get any easier. Once the watermaker goes I have a constant sense of being on a time limit, needing to reach my destination before my supplies run out, or else having to set aside a couple of hours a day to pump the manual watermaker.
And it deprives me of one of my favourite bits of the day, my bucket and sponge bath. This happens after I finish rowing in the evening, after the sun has set. It feels so good to sponge the cool fresh water over my skin rinsing away the sweat, salt and suncream of the day
So today I made it a priority to get my water supply up and running again. It took most of the morning. I tried a couple of other things before resigning myself to the fact that the feed pump was the source of the problem, and would have to be replaced. Ian Tuller had been on the phone to Spectra to identify a troubleshooting strategy (thank you Ian!). This was the third and final option, the last resort known between Ian and me as “Oh Shit” scenario.
The new feed pump was already set up as much as it could be to make it a plug and play operation, but it is never easy working inside a small compartment on the deck of a rolling boat, with hoses, wires and a heavy pump to manoeuvre into position.
It was a surprise and not a good one to find that the mounting plates of the pump were a different size from the old one so the bolt holes were in the wrong position. Getting the bolts in place was a nearly impossible task anyway as the heads of the bolts were in the next compartment over. So for me to hold the nut and turn the bolt was nigh on impossible. In the end I gave up and resorted to cable ties. Cable ties and duct tape, where would I be without them?
It was sweet music to my ears to hear the hum of a healthy feedpump after the anxiety-inducing erratic drone of its predecessor. I ran the watermaker long enough to replenish my depleted stocks relishing the sense of everything being shipshape once again.
Alas, that was the highlight of the day. It all went downhill once I started rowing. If yesterday’s course was a staircase today’s was a zigzag. I would slowly slog a feeble zig towards the south west, only for the current to send me on a speedy zag towards the south east. I crossed the line of longitude at 154 degrees east about seven (number indistinct in the voicemail) times today. I tried heading just due south to hasten my arrival in the more helpful current at 11 degrees. A testy little wind blew up unexpectedly from that direction, blocking it off as an option.
Stymied. I might as well have been on a rowing machine. Couldn’t get south, couldn’t get west, and I didn’t want to go north or east. As I write I am further away from Madang than I was at this time yesterday, and I was getting further still.
Sigh. Again. This too will pass , I remind myself.
Other Stuff: Tonight I tried out the hot chocolate from Wilderness Family Naturals. Fantastic! No transfats, unlike most hot chocolates. A small consolation at the end of a trying day.
Only one big shift today compared with four yesterday.
I still owe you my confession, but today I wanted to share the good news about my watermaker. It will keep until tomorrow. Please don’t be cross with me, Joan. It was a stupid thing rather than a bad thing. All will become clear.
Sorry Doug, still no glimpse of the crescent moon. After a clear day the sun disappeared into a big dark cloud as it set. I’ll keep looking.
Rita: Doug I did see the moon from my window here in Yorkshire, a very slim crescent, Saturday evening, not quite near the horizon. I discovered a couple of years ago that in midwinter the moon sets where the sun sets in midsummer. As we are quite near to midsummer now, I was quite surprised to see it near where the sun was setting. I obviously don’t know all the facts. (We would never know from the chilly weather that midsummer is not far off.)
Looking forward to hearing about that confession . . . . .
Grateful thanks for more information about contacts in Madang from Chris Bone, Aaron Hayes and David Lambourne.
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