|One of the nicest pilothouses around.|
Jerome's Nordhavn 60.
I did not feel very good that first day, but fortunately the ride was pretty smooth and easy. Even so, both Paul and Cindy quickly succumbed to sea sickness and neither of them were feeling well by late day. We spent the first day getting familiar with the boat, and settling into our routine. I was feeling almost back to normal by evening. We each stood 3 hour watches at the helm, followed by 9 hours off. Jerome took the 6:00-9:00 shift, Cindy 9:00-12:00, Steve 12:00-3:00, and Paul finished up the rotation in the 3:00-6:00 slot. Each of us had 2 shifts per day (AM and PM). At each shift change, the incoming watch-stander performs an engine room check. You use a temperature gun to check the temperature of several items, as well as checking for any leaks, or water in the bilge. It takes about 3 minutes. The temperatures get logged into a notebook. Since Cindy was sick, I ended up doing double duty for 2 or 3 shifts, meaning I was on watch from 9:00-3:00. I was getting pretty tired by the time she recovered enough to be able to stand watch.
|One of the display screens. Radar on the left. The chart in the upper right.|
On the lower right is an engine room camera. You can seen Jerome taking a
temperature reading of the transmission. He is in the back of the engine room.
|Cindy on watch, Jerome talking on the Sat phone|
|Paul grabbing a bite to eat in the salon.|
|Cindy doing some homework on one of the salon couches.|
Standing watch basically means that you are the sole person in charge of the operation of the vessel. You are monitoring the engine gauges, the radar, chart plotters, the VHF radios, and more, to make sure that everything is operating as expected, and that we are staying on course and not going to run into anything. It is an easier job during the day than at night, when visibility is reduced to near zero. We had mostly cloudy skies during the entire passage, so there was no moon to light the way.
|Paul catching a nap on the second salon couch. The smoothest ride is |
in the salon and it becomes the "bed" of choice when the seas get rough.
|Cindy during her late-night watch. How many 15 year old girls do you know that|
are in charge of a multi-million dollar yacht, in the middle of an ocean,
while everyone else aboard is sound asleep?
During the second to last night, on Cindy's watch, the engine suddenly sounded an alarm. There is a digital display panel that revealed a problem with the fuel pump. This boat, as with virtually all Nordhavns, is a single engine boat. There is a small auxiliary engine that can drive the boat at about half speed. The main propulsion comes from a single John Deer diesel. This diesel has one fuel pump, so this alarm definitely got our attention! A diesel will not run without fuel....
|The engine computer has detected a wiring fault with the engine's fuel pump.|
We are still about 300 miles offshore.
|We had dinner together every night. This was the only time we all sat down together|
to eat. Every other meal was up to each person, and depended on their watch schedule.
We arrived in Whangarei (pronounced Fong-ah-ray), New Zealand, at about 2:30AM, on October 31. Whangarei Bay is huge, with oil tankers visiting an oil refinery. We headed to the Marsden Point Marina and tied up to "C" dock. We were supposed to go to the customs dock ("B" dock), but it was already full with several boats that arrived just an hour prior to our arrival.
We traveled just about 1100 nautical miles, and were underway for a little more than 6.5 days. The weather was fantastic for this crossing. Many boats get completely beat up trying to make this trip, and these waters have a very bad reputation for rough seas. We had the perfect weather window, thanks to Jerome's two weather routers.
Now for some fun. New Zealand has many things to see and do. We are going to spend the next few weeks exploring. The challenge is going to be deciding what to see, and what not to see!
|"Daybreak" tied safely to the dock after 1100 miles at sea.|
|Jerome, Paul, Cindy, Steve. Whangarei, New Zealand.|