Cape Caution, take two

We woke up at a leisurely hour, anchor holding sound in the protection of Fury Cove. We had accumulated several more boats throughout the night and we were getting packed into the little cove. While we discussed our fate and poured over the weather forecasts over a cup of coffee, we noticed the other boats leaving one by one. The weather forecast did not seem any better than yesterday's, but still we watched the boats progress into the ocean.


We were assuming that we were stuck for 4 days, but still they left and headed out into the open ocean. We decided that we had nothing to lose by looking. It could not be any worse than yesterday, so we pulled anchor and decided to stick our toe in the cold pacific.


It was not smooth, it was not gravy, but it seemed better than the day before so we cautiously motored on. The biggest difference is that the wind had shifted direction. there were still 6-8 foot waves and 20-30 knot winds, but they were more from behind us on this morning. We pressed on hoping that we would not have to reverse into the wind.


Sorry for this picture and the reflections, but this is the attitude indicator for the boat. The two graphs (roll and pitch) are of interest here. After I arrived at port Hardy I looked at these gauges and noticed the boat roll was +10 to -15 (25 degrees total) of roll and the pitch was + or - 7.5 degrees (15 degrees total) of pitch throughout the 6 hours of crossing.


It is very difficult to communicate waves or motion without sitting on the boat as it happens but believe me this is "hold on to your seat" kind of motion. I realize it does not sound that bad and it was not unsafe but the broken glass in the cupboards and the things that fell on the floor tell the real story.



I took some video but it really does not come across as anything but me whining so look at it and see what you think.

We made it across just fine and we stopped in Port Hardy, had some dinner and went to bed.


Technical Data:


Area A (Ocean Falls/Outer Coast) to Port Hardy

Time: 6 h 36 m ( 08:52 to 15:29 ) Distance: 52.28 nm

Fuel: 23.73 Gallons Fuel Rate: 3.59 GPH Fuel Economy: 2.20 NM/G

Avg Speed: 8.23 kn Max Speed: 10.36 kn

Engine Runtime Start: 2875.80 Hours Runtime End: 2882.40 Hours Fuel: 23.73 Gallons Fuel Rate: 3.59 GPH Fuel Rate Max: 5.15 GPH Avg RPM: 1343.79 Max RPM: 1482.00 Avg Oil Pressure: 52.45 Low Oil Pressure: 31.33 Avg Temperature: 172.03 Max Temperature: 194.00




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