Ep. 22 - Preparing to Cross an Ocean

Release Date: February 9, 2019

Preparing to cross an ocean is a lot of work. We spent a month in Cape Verde catching up on work for our clients, provisioning, and doing major boat repairs in preparation to sail across the Atlantic to Brazil. With engine trouble at sea during the last passage, repairing the engine was our first priority when we made landfall in Cape Verde. But other boat maintenance was also important and urgent.

Ep. 21 - Engine Trouble at Sea - Relying on the Free Power of the Wind

Release Date: February 2, 2019

What do you do when the engine breaks down with no land in sight and 600 nautical miles to go? Find out how we discovered a crack in the casing of our heat exchanger and then couldn’t use the engine for eight days. On this 1,058 nautical mile passage from the Canaries to Cape Verde, we manually steered during the day and then used a portable generator to charge the batteries so we could run the auto pilot at night. Fortunately, we were traveling in a sailboat and not a motor boat, so we could rely on solar and wind power, and of course, the free power of the wind.