With the tanks
(100 l), we have a range of 200 nm during calms. With the additional jerry cans of 60 l stored in the bridge deck
lockers, another 120 nm. From Panama
, we put a 150 l bladder on deck
to extend the range across the doldrums.
Just in case.
With hindsight, it was overkill. Even though those 850 direct miles turned into more than 1500 miles through the water
and 12 days with winds from the SW, it was still overkill.
Anyway, here we are in Tahiti
, the tanks
are full, jerry cans empty, the bladder is still on deck with about 70 l, just annoying us everytime we want to go forward on the port deck. On the 17-day passage
we used 4 l with the leaving, entering and recovering from one unplanned gybe. The frustrating Panama
- Galapagos leg used about 100 l and we gave away another 20 l to local mates in Hiva Oa when the island was running short and the supply ship hadnīt come in yet. Another 20 l running around a few anchorages
. Obviously we were too conservative and now it appears that we will reach the other side without topping up.
We donīt normally use the engines until our speed drops below 2 knots. Sometimes, we will just drift around at less than 1 knot
until the wind
comes back. It always does.
I crewed on a delivery
where we started the engines whenever the boatspeed dropped below 10 knots. But that was a delivery
, the owner had things to do, deadlines to meet. But cruisers? Whatīs the hurry?
So, what is the point of the question? Curiosity? Planning of some sort? Concern about what to do when there is no wind? Trolling (for mahi mahi)?