Sorry about not responding, all I had was the phone
and I was getting pretty tired, then we jumped off of Marathon Fri. afternoon and headed straight for Panama
City. I don't want to ever do that again, ran for a coupe of hours with less than a foot of water
under the keel
, took a year off of my life, but we arrived in Panama City at 4AM Sun. morning, I know the area well so just threw a hook in a good local anchorage and slept for a few hours. We did the trip without an autopilot
, windless or a chart plotter as the one in the boat's chip is good only for South Carolina and N. Fl. It did give speed, and course though as well as present position. Mostly ran on paper charts
(which are getting hard to find) and the Garmin
blue chart app on my cell phone
Admiral held up real well, got sick one day off the east cost when the waves were approaching six ft with a five sec. period and winds were 25 to 30 straight off the bow. Once through that she did fine.
Burned a LOT of diesel
though, winds were favorable only for a day out of Marathon, the we motor
sailed for a day or so, then just furled sails
as there wasn't enough wind
to keep them filled.
Had a few mechanical issues, mostly fuel contamination, but worked through them, seemed to have flushed everything through the fuel system by now.