I am doing the 8-12 tonight so it’s a good time for me to write you a few lines. The weather has been absolutely great since we departed Annapolis yesterday morning, we stopped there for a day. At this moment we are going around Cape Hatteras, it’s been flat calm all night, tomorrow morning at about 6AM we will arrive in Charleston, stay for a day then on to FLL where we should arrive on Saturday.
We have the black water tank still full and the water is full and I still have the forward fuel tank full at this time, but I will probably move it or part of it out if we don’t fuel in Charleston. We have a lot of water line visible but the boat is moving along great, in fact we have been averaging 10.5Kts at 1400 RPM for most of the trip and at that RPM we are burning approximately 47 liters per hour per motor. All is going well and she is running great, I haven’t put any fuel in the boat since the Azores and probably won’t until FLL, we are a little light but the weather is great. By then I think we would have come 4700 miles and will still have 4,500 liters on board.
The guys are now used to the ROT and I have trouble to get them to use anything else, although it will be great to have NEMA back.
Here is what I see in the Engine Room: The outside water temperature is now 25 degrees C. and the supply to the heat exchanger is about 27 degrees, H&H on their monitoring system has the temperature at 29.1 degrees and the fans can still keep the engine room at 30 degrees operating at about 75 percent. This is pretty good therefore; I don’t see any problem in the south maintaining a 40 degree engine room.
So far my observations on the air conditioning have been excellent, yesterday we had over 30 degrees and the boat was very comfortable. I have most of the thermostats set between 20- 22 degrees and I have yet to see more than one compressor operating at a time. I noticed that there is only a 2 degree difference between the supply and the return water temperature on the supply side to the AC system and on the secondary side I only ever see a 1 degree difference between the supply and the return and that is with all of the fan coils running and only one compressor, I have yet to see a second compressor come on line. I think having the AC system in the middle of the boat is a huge advantage. If you are talking to Mindert & Pete let them know that they have done a wonderful job.
We have anchored a few nights and the boat really sits well on anchor and is a real eye catcher when we pull in.