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Old 12-12-2016, 10:46 AM   #81
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OK, but your displays were great. Thanks much for your work.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:39 PM   #82
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Looks like he may encounter some rougher sea in the coming days.

NOAA waves height forecast for Wednesday:

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Old 12-12-2016, 01:53 PM   #83
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Fortunately if the forecast stays true, The wind and seas will be from very close to the same direction when you factor in the progress he makes over the next couple of days. Also the direction will be a following sea which Dauntless excels in according to Richard. Once he gets through this it looks mostly favorable till he gets closer to Barbados and that is too far out to predict. We are all pulling for them.
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I am sure everything will be fine, let's hope for the best
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There is nothing to get through there, those are the Christmas winds and they are right on time. Sailors have used them for centuries to get to the islands for rum. Richard knows how to deal with them.
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:25 PM   #86
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The latest update from Richard.
Day 4 135, 24:00,
5.61 24°08.500', 27°16.782
Wx TCU Bkn 7,+RW-vcnty 1020 75 54 77 06019g25
Stb bird most of period - Pitch +1.5 to -1; Roll +10 to -8
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Old 12-13-2016, 02:29 PM   #87
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update continued:
Day 4 continued - Seas dead astern (AWA 180°) 8 to 10' 6"pd
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There is nothing to get through there, those are the Christmas winds and they are right on time. Sailors have used them for centuries to get to the islands for rum. Richard knows how to deal with them.
Great info. Each of Richard's trips is all new territory for a river, lake and bay guy like me. You da man, Richard!!

Good news he`s got a tailcurrent. If that was my boat she'd behave like a black lab does when you grab its tail...she`d go every which way but straight ahead. What a difference a 'proper' hull makes!

I've heard of a milk run. This is Dauntless' rum run. Godspeed, RumRunner!
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Old 12-14-2016, 11:58 AM   #89
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Todays passage update.
2016 Day 5
137.2 nm over last 24 hrs
avg 5.72 kts
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23 22.860
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curr wx; Sct Cu 7+ 1023mb 76 degrees54dg 79 dgr wnds09022g28
dist to go 1812 nm at 260 dgrees.
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Todays passage update.
2016 Day 5
137.2 nm over last 24 hrs
avg 5.72 kts
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29 35.065
curr wx; Sct Cu 7+ 1023mb 76 degrees54dg 79 dgr wnds09022g28
dist to go 1812 nm at 260 dgrees.
Any update on fuel?
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He checked this morning and over the past 5 days he has used less than 100 gallons. His tubes do not show any change till each of his two tanks are down by 50 gallons. When he checked they were still full in the tubes. Each tank is 350 gallons total. Looks very good so far.
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He might be getting a bit of a boost from "surfing".
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100 gal over 5 days means 20 gal per day so around 0.8 gal per hour, this looks very low isn't it?
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Hopefully he remembered to open the isolation valves on the sight level tubes!!
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He checked this morning and over the past 5 days he has used less than 100 gallons. His tubes do not show any change till each of his two tanks are down by 50 gallons. When he checked they were still full in the tubes. Each tank is 350 gallons total. Looks very good so far.
How many nm has he covered so far? I would think around 700 and I wouldn't think he's covered 700 nm on less than 100 gallons. So he has no way to really know the amount of fuel he has or has used, or does his information get better as he works down?
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I think he has a flowscan that gives real time measured fuel flow, and integrates to get total burn. And sight level tubes on tanks which are very reliable level indicators. If you open the valves!!

The above fuel management tools together allow very precise fuel management.
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I think he has a flowscan that gives real time measured fuel flow, and integrates to get total burn. And sight level tubes on tanks which are very reliable level indicators. If you open the valves!!

The above fuel management tools together allow very precise fuel management.
Guess I'm confused about the information received then as he didn't cite actual fuel used and either he's covered a lot fewer miles than I thought or used more fuel than indicated or getting fuel mileage beyond anything imagined.
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Fuel burn can vary from one load of fuel to another. The industry standard in the states 35. What you buy can range from low 30's to high 30's. If got a good load with a low 30 api. He would see a noticable decrease in fuel burn.

Ps. I looked earlier this morning and he was only running 4.75 kts so that may account for some of the fuel burn number.
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Fuel burn can vary from one load of fuel to another. The industry standard in the states 35. What you buy can range from low 30's to high 30's. If got a good load with a low 30 api. He would see a noticable decrease in fuel burn.

Ps. I looked earlier this morning and he was only running 4.75 kts so that may account for some of the fuel burn number.
You're right and that's why I'm suggesting perhaps he's covered fewer miles than I thought. I could see him pushing up over 4 nmpg, but can't imagine him, nor has he ever reported, getting 7 nmpg.

Guess I'm just always very fuel conscious on long crossings. Funny, I get very concerned about low fuel on a boat, yet I'm horrible about squeezing every mile out of a gallon of gas and filling often when I'm down to less than a gallon. Twice I've coasted into gas stations completely out as I got there. However, a lot of difference between running out on land and water.
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Guess I'm just always very fuel conscious on long crossings. Funny, I get very concerned about low fuel on a boat,
Me too!
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