Monday, July 05, 2010

Bodega Bay

July 5, 2010
Day 1771
Position: 38°20' N 123°03' W
Bodega Bay, California
Miles sailed this year: 5387nm
Miles since day 1: 31,920nm

Our new engine is running perfect and remarkably smooth compared to the old engine. Our journey from Santa Cruz, CA to Bodega, CA has been sublime with moderate seas and light winds out of the South and West. It's nice to catch a break from the weather for a change. Visibility has been pretty limited due to fog so we've kept a sharp lookout to avoid crab trap floats and used the radar and AIS extensively to avoid other maritime traffic. California has an 8 day commercial salmon fishing season this year and so we've seen lots of trollers working the near shore waters for King Salmon.

The new engine break-in instructions suggest we should run the engine at 60-70% of load for the first 10 hours and combined with a little boost from some beneficial current and moderate seas we've averaged around 8 knots the entire trip from Santa Cruz. Mostly motoring or motor sailing as the sea state is a little too rough to keep from thrashing our sails in the light wind. A classic situation where the deep ocean swell is combined with local wind chop so the sea state is confused and out of proportion with the local winds. A combination that makes the boat motion a little brisk at times and has the tendency to back the sails and cause them to slam when they reset. Better (cheaper) in my opinion to motor or motor sail instead of trashing the sails.

In Bodega Bay we're meeting up with Kathy's family whom lives nearby in Santa Rosa. We also plan a trip to our storage unit to pick up a few things and drop off a few others.

Only 500nm to Astoria, our next major milestone where we will haul the boat.

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