The watermaker isn’t working. We will be OK but it is inconvenient.
On day 16 I wrote, “I certainly did not think about how dangerous the ocean is before we started this journey. I’m not afraid but there is this niggling feeling that there is a lot of power out there. It tosses our boat around like it’s a toy instead of the 20 tons it is. You’d think 40,000 pounds would demand a little respect. Today the waves are going every which way – some big, some ginormous.
Day 17 – “I’ve been on watch for a couple hours and it has been pouring rain. It’s impossible to see anything but rain on the radar but the good news is that we are traveling 7.1 knots per hour. Or is that bad? When we hit something, it’s really going to hit hard.
I figured out that if we sell the boat, we could stay in really nice hotels for 1000 nights as we went around the world.
Ken solemnly saluted Neptune with three shots of B & B. One for each of us.
Two guy wires popped off our paravanes. Alan emailed us, “Hope your paravanes don’t rip the shit out of your boat.” Exactly our worry. But so far we’ve slowed down and everything is OK. Oh, and Ken spent 2 hours up on the flybridge strapping everything together.
On day 18 we called our boys. Matthew told me a cute story b=about my granddaughter. We sure do miss those two kids.
Day 19 – “We have spent 19 days now in this little room we call the pilothouse. 19 days together every minute and we still like each other. We are both tired of the journey, but he people (us) are good. Ken fixed himself a tuna sandwich tonight and I had peanut butter. My love of cooking has disappeared. Oh, who am I kidding? It was a struggle from the beginning.
On day 2 our helm chair broke. The pedestal ripped right off the floor when Kern had to grab it to catch himself in a big wave. Ken fixed it but we decided to pull our bench out and make it a big platform bed. We both could sit and lay down on it. I think I’m getting bedsores.
We made it to land by my birthday. It was great to go to shore and check the internet and have some nice messages for my birthday and our landing. Thank you so much to all our friends. We will keep you posted as to our next step.
I can’t stop this feeling……………………
Patty on Oogachaka
Rain. This wouldn’t be a bad thing except to stay dry we had to close the pilothouse doors. That meant no breeze and the humidity was already killing us.
I mentioned “the pilothouse”. We hardly ever left this tiny room. We used the heads downstairs and I used the galley for cooking but I would take it to the pilothouse to eat. We spent about 23 hours a day together in the pilothouse! No cross words yet.
On day 9 we were still having fun. I called my brother, Andy, and told him they HAVE to come out to the South Pacific Islands to spend some time on the boat. They had planned to join us in Mexico and it hadn’t worked out. But I knew they would love the Marqueses.
In my journal from day 10, “What!? What!? Our waves are huge and throwing us all over the place. They are not only high, but they are fat and heavy. They are at least 10 feet and higher!”
We are reading a lot.
On day 11 we shut the engine down and did boat maintenance. It took us over 2 hours to try to empty the fuel bladder into our tanks. It was 300 gallons and we got all but about 50 siphoned into the boat’s tanks. We’ll finish when we are anchored.
Day 12 found me very tired all day. I thought a diet coke may help or maybe just a little nap before I went and got one. We spent 2 hours messing with the paravanes – some of the lines were twisted. Kind of spooky bobbing around in the ocean with the engine off.
Alan emailed us on day 13 to tell us about the tsunami that was expected after an earthquake in Chile. I got a chuckle out of this since I figured out he was playing April Fool’s Day with me. Of course, that night on the radio we heard about the earthquake in Chile.
Quote from my journal on day 13, “it’s a Zippety Doo Dah day. Beautiful and the paravanes are up so we are making good time. We love our boat.”
Day 14 – “I want it to be light out. And I want it to stop raining. One more thing, I don’t want to be so tired.” I also wrote, “Today I realized for the first time that what we are doing is totally ludicrous! We are risking everything, for what? There are so many things that could go wrong. I just hope we make it.”
I can’t stop this feeling…………………….
Patty on Oogachaka
We could hardly believe this was happening. For over 10 years we had been planning our trip to cross the Pacific Ocean and here we were. I made steak and potato stir fry for our first dinner on the “road”. We challenged each other to go the whole three weeks without cross words. We were sure it would be easy since we both loved being on the boat. We brushed our teeth.
We started out with our paravanes out of the water. By day 2, we had them down. They slowed us down by full knot but it was a huge improvement over the bouncing and dipping of the boat. It turns out that ocean waves can be huge!
By day 3 we had gone 234 miles which equated to less than 2 inches on our chart. We were watching out fuel intake and we were discovering that we had plenty.
On day 4 we called our boys on our sat phone and told them we were having a great time. On day 5 I went out in the cockpit and sang songs as loud as I could. I’m no Bette Midler!
Our meals are going surprisingly good. It was a great idea to freeze smoothies and eat them later as slushies’.
On day 6 and 7 we decided we didn’t have to brush our teeth every day. We also were getting very tired of the waves throwing us around.
I can’t stop this feeling…………………..
Patty on Oogachaka
April 10: ”We are a bit more rested today. Went to a local restaurant for Patty’s Birthday – it was better than the one we ate at yesterday. We are trying to get through our emails. Here is a summary of the trip:
Miles 2749 … Gallons 756 … TIME was 19 days, 8 hours or 464 hours
1.93 gallons per hour* | 3.64 miles per gallon * | 5.92 miles per hour*
* includes down time for oil change filters, McGyver stuff.”
Patty & Ken MV/Oogachaka KK42-171
“At 11:40 PV [Puerto Vallarta] time, we arrived in Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, where the time was 08:20 a.m., I think. Our position at anchor is 08 55.17 S, 140 05.80 W. Winds were E at 9 knots. 2749 nautical miles is what we traveled to get here, burning 756 gallons of fuel. After checking in. we are taking the rest of the day off!”
Ken & Patty MV / Oogachaka KK42-171
Here is a screen shot of their location taken from Google Earth
April 8: ”At 16:00 our position was 08 14.76 S, 138 27.09 W. Winds were E at 16 knots. We are 2,638 nautical miles out with estimated 97 miles to go and have burned 725 gallons of fuel. Nuku Hiva tomorrow!”
Ken & Patty MV / Oogachaka KK42-171
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[Alan says] I hope that, after 20 days at sea, they take some time to relax and get their “ground legs” back. This first leg was not easy, and they made it in style! Way to go, you guys.
As reported earlier, Ken and Patty have decided to go first to a different island, Nuku Hiva vs. Hiva ‘oa. They apparently need some repairs, and this island houses the capital of the Marquesas islands, and will have more facilities. To learn more about this island, click This Link
At 16:00 our position was 07 14.27 S, 135 54.51 W. Winds were E at 10 knots. We are 2,511 nautical miles out with estimated 225 miles to go and have burned 689 gallons of fuel. We are changing our port of entry to Nuku Hiva – better for repairs but 30 plus miles further.
McGyver is still working. Today has been thunder and lightning and rain. I spent time fixing a stuck switch on the aft bilge pump. Got good news from Larry Polster, Vice President, Kadey-Krogen Yachts, who graciously agreed to replace the KKY Flag we lost yesterday – “Can’t have a naked Krogen out there!” Thanks for that.
Ken & Patty MV / Oogachaka (KK42-171)
Hiva ‘oa Island …. Their first stop coming up in about 300 miles. Has about 2,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in Atuona. Here is some more info via Wikipedia: Hiva ‘oa Island info
April 6: At 16:00 our position was 05 36.01 S, 134 48.48 W. Winds were E at 15 knots. We are 2,366 nautical miles out with approximately 339 miles to go and have burned 654 gallons of fuel.
Changed the Racor fuel filter today and it took quite a while to get the engine started – sure sounded good when it started! Worst thing that happened today was we lost our Kadey-Krogen Pennant . . . so if someone sees one floating by . . .
Ken & Patty
MV / Oogachaka