Monthly Archives: December 2015


Around Alone Update:

Total miles sailed so far-4363 NM
Miles sailed last three days-395 NM
Miles left to go to the Horn-1749 NM.
Top speed so far=10.8kts.


DAY 31:24hr.Run=125NM.

Position: Latitude- 41*17’S. Longitude-113*30′
Weather-Wind 15-20kts but gusting 30-50kts in the early morning
Cabin Temp. 56*-72*
Bar: 994mb

The 964mb low is still nearly on top of us.

The worst of it came at about 1am in the morning until 3am when the winds were screeching at 50 kts, the only good thing to come out of that, was the winds seemed to flatten the seas somewhat so there were smaller holes to come “Crashing” down into.
The waves are still breaking into the cockpit at times, so repairs will not be attempted on steering cables until things moderate somewhat. It kind of makes me miss the nice winters in Mexico.

We are starting to sail over the top of the low as it is moving SW and can now at last steer the course to the “Horn”.

DAY-32:  24hr.Run=128NM.

Position: Latitude-43*03’S. Longitude-112*00’W
Weather: Wind-10-15 kts. WNW
Seas confused 6-8ft. from SW and West.
Cabin Temp-59*-67* Sunny skies most of the day
Bar:1008 mb

The winds were down and it was time to see if the steering cables can be fixed. I estimated if things went well,it would take about three hours, Hmmmmmm
The chain had spun off the sprocket and dropped down inside the steering pedestal. I removed the compass and disconnected the fuel and shift cable so I could pry that part of the pedestal up and get under it with my fish tape hopping to be able to hook the chain or a cable and drag it out. After about 20 minutes of being unsuccessful at dragging the chain out, even after it was hooked, because you have to get it around the sprocket and the steering shaft, then the break mechanism for the wheel. “IMPOSSIBLE”
So I stepped back and decided that possibly I could unbolt everything on top of the wheel tube and lift that off then I would have a four inch opening to drag the chain and cables out of.
Now you must picture we are sailing in some waves and two off my biggest compartments had to be emptied into the cockpit.
I mean there is 1000ft. of lines, different lengths of chain, a 60lb. CQR anchor, 5-gallons of oil and transmission oil, and hoses, electrical cords, Hookah Hose and many other miscellaneous I don’t know “Why the hell I have all these Shit Items”

Ok so you got the picture, all work is done with those hatches open and piles of “shit” everywhere, that you must walk on, and lay on, and most importantly trying to keep it from falling down into the open hatches where the bilge is and things can disappear forever.
Once I get all the bolts out of the steering shaft housing, there seemed to be no way to get it off the 4″ stainless steel tube. It is bronze and you can only pound on that stuff so much. Hmmmm! Three hours????
Well if you can’t get it from the top why not the bottom. So I crawl down in the compartment and take of the four nuts that hold the Bronze cable wheels and the backing plate for the steering pedestal.

Suddenly I have the chain and cables in my hand, as a matter of fact the cable that broke, broke at the chain and there was enough extra wire at the steering quadrant end to remake it on to the chain using two Crosby U-bolt clamps.
In the end it took 7-hours of steady work and no breaks but I can tell you I feel much better today knowing it is fixed. I believe why it failed was because the lines to the wind vane steering became to slack and allowed the rudder to swing back and forth and the wind vane would stop the wheel from spinning suddenly allowing the chain to cut into the cable, or possibly it was the result of the shaft sliding out of the coupling and back against the rudder causing a lot of extra pressure to turn the rudder.

DAY-33:  24hr.Run=14 NM.

Position: Latitude- 44*10’s. Longitude-109*15’W
Weather: Wind 12-15 kts NW
Seas:6-8ft.cabin Temp-59*-72*
Bar:1008 mb

A nice sailing day and I finally got up enough nerve to take the transmission out of reverse and let the prop spin while I ran the boat in neutral, circulating the oil and basically drying the engine it out for twenty minutes.
Next I started the water-maker up and ran it for an hour making water. The water maker produces about 7-gallons an hour.
I consume on average about 2.5 gallons a day.

Our first 75-gallon tank ran dry after thirty days, so now I will gradually top off both tanks once again.

It certainly feels good sailing once again with a boat I can steer.

Always missing Debbie, El Jefe’

The Cockpit on Sailors Run,compartment on right goes deep down Binacle (the green round stand  in front of wheel that holds steering cables)

The Cockpit on Sailors Run,compartment on right goes deep down
Binacle (the green round stand in front of wheel that holds steering cables)


At Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro Jeff is gonna need all his muscles on this trip

At Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro
Jeff is gonna need all his muscles on this trip








Having a great time at Restaurant Porlamar,San Lorenzo, Honduras

Having a great time at
Restaurant Porlamar,San Lorenzo, Honduras


Day- 28.

Position: Latitude-40*29’S. Longitude-116*18’W.

Weather-Wind=10-30 kts.SSW.

Seas=8-10ft. SW. Cabin Temp=56*-61*


Day- 29.

Position: Latitude- 40*46’S. Longitude=116*30′.

Weather-Wind 30kts gusting 45kts.SE

Seas confused sw 8ft-SE-10-15ft.

Cabin Temp=67*-72*


Day- 30.

Position: Latitude-40*27’S. Longitude-115*46’W.

Weather-Wind=30-50 kts.

Seas=12-15ft. Very rough.

Cabin Temp=59*-65*


Total miles sailed so far=3968 NM.

Total miles sailed last 3-days=328 NM

Total miles left to go to the Horn=2,117 NM.

Top speed so far. 10.8 kts. New High.

Day- 28.
Welcome to the Roaring 40s,and yes they are Roaring at times, and right now I’m just trying to get the boat dialed in.

The hardest part about that is here the squalls are packing 35kts, and I’m trying to sail in 10-15kts. I have pulled the Mizzen down as it tends to make the boat corkscrew around too much in the squalls as they come in over our stern. I reefed the staysail giving me lots of options up there and last night at 3-am in an exceptionally bad squall I double reefed the main. We are definitely starting to have fun now. We half filled the cockpit twice today.

Today was the hardest day of the trip so far; the reason being there is a 964 millibar Low that has formed just several hundred miles NE of me and I’m getting hammered with SE winds and severe seas making going towards my destination nearly impossible.

After sailing 125NM we only made good about 25NM toward our destination to the Horn.

Along the way the rope drum on the steering wheel, was falling off as two of the three hose clamps that hold it on had broken, and there is no way to replace those clamps when the wheel is spinning back and forth.

What I did was put the boat on electric auto pilot and took the wheel off. Now that became rather painful as the last time I tried to pull the wheel off in Argentina it would not come off. So anticipating the problem I took the nut off, and set myself down behind the wheel and gave it my very most powerful “yank” I could come up with. I could not believe how easily it flew off the shaft and smacked this “Yank” right in the head, “holy shit” I seen stars for a minute, but luckily I have a hard head. Once I got the wheel below it was easy to replace the broken hose clamps.
Later in the afternoon I altered course to SW as it looks like the low is dropping down on me and I’m going to get out of its way and jump on the back side of it as it comes down and that will allow us to have favorable winds to head for the Horn.

Worst day of the trip so far as the low has moved right down on top of us and we are seeing 30- 50 kts and “Rough Ass” seas

They are not so big that I fear being rolled but they have done some damage. We are currently hove to with broken steering cables, but I still have cabbage, onions, potatoes, squash and apples, and oh yea a extra couple pieces of steering cable. The steering wheel spins now much like the “wheel of fortune” and I have just won another non paid repair in confined spaces.

Oh and by the way the steering cables were replaced just 8- months ago and I have never ever broke one before in 22 years, and regularly change them every 5- years

I cannot use the wind vane now until repairs are made to steering cables so that puts it pretty high on the priority list.

I can steer with the electronic auto pilot and once this low gets off us and we are sailing towards our destination and not taking seas aboard in the cockpit i will make the repair.

Things are getting wet below as the waves that are breaking on the boat,are breaching the seal on the overhead butterfly hatch. If it gets much wetter I will have to wear my rain gear to set at the table on the not so dry cushions.
After one month starting to grow gills, El Jefe’

Found this on the streets of Uruguay 2010, so now El Jefe signs his name this way

Found this on the streets of Uruguay 2010, so now El Jefe signs his name this way

Us in Uruguay 2010

Us in Uruguay 2010