We were acutally out there when this was happening between Tonga
and trust me even though that stuff floats on the water
it got into our strainer for the engine
. It was quite rough seas and we were going to windward at the the time which meant the pumace was all over the decks - it is hard to imagine but if anyone has sailed through ice, almost a simular experience except light brown in colour.
Our old boat was steel
and the pumace made a mess of the paintwork on the starboard side that needed repainting when we got to Fiji
We could have diverted to have a look as boats were calling in all over the SSB
but we were worried about loosing the engine
- I only had 1 impeller left!