Boom bang

14 July 2019

We started the trip from Camarinas in Ria de Camarinas under a cloudy sky with light wind from NNE (8-10 knots). We got a pleasant sail out of the ria and then we should change course to SW to round Punta de Sualba before going south to pass Finisterre. Out in the open sea there was a 2 m swell rolling in from NW causing a lot of rolling motion resulting in flapping sails since the wind was to light to keep the pressure while going downwind. Continue reading “Boom bang”

IridiumGo Unlimited

Thought I would share my experiences from purchasing an IridiumGo Unlimited subscription last year when we planned to sail to Shetland and Scotland. Since I have been a customer to CTV Service for many years purchasing electronic charts and some other communication equipment such an IridiumGo, it was easy to contact them in this matter as well. They offered an unlimited subscription and the only option according to CTV Service was a 12-month subscription with a monthly cost of 155 USD. Continue reading “IridiumGo Unlimited”

How we lost the drone

Hi,

I promised to tell more about the DJI Mavic that I crashed into Skagerak during our trip to Norway 2018.

It was a perfect day for some drone footage of Sally while broad reaching in 15 knots of wind from north east.

I have searched YouTube for videos of how to start a drone from a boat but at that time I didn’t find any, there was some videos of how to land a drone on a moving platform. So that part of the flight was pretty clear, fly parallel with the boat and catch the drone from below.

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Modern engines and fuel

During our preparation for our adventure, I have come across articles that says that modern diesel engines like the Volvo Penta D3110i in Sally, are sensitive to the quality and of the fuel and don’t like the tiniest amount of water or fuel bugs. It seems that it’s not enough to use the standard 10 micron fuel filter and since we don’t want engine problems in a critical situation we plan to

  • use a Racor fuel funnel to filter the fuel before it goes into the tank
  • put some diesel bug eliminator in the tank when the fuel is about to get old
  • use 4 micron fuel filters in the pre filter system since there is a spare filter that is easy to switch over to
  • do periodic check of the fuel filters
  • regularly check the fuel from the bottom of the diesel tank to see if  there is water or dirt and pump it out if needed

So in theory it seems possible to get clean fuel to the engine as long as the diesel is of reasonable good quality and that I don’t know how to check…