Welcome to the first post of the season! We know it has been six long months since Downtime posted a good story to read, but now the season has started so get ready for the next adventures aboard Downtime!
We spent our last month in New Zealand getting Downtime ready for her sail north. The boat was hauled and fresh bottom paint was applied and the propellers and sail drives were serviced. On the topside a fresh coat of wax made her shine! The spinnaker and jib were repaired and the screecher was replaced with a fresh sail from Far East Sails. We tried to get whatever needed repaired while we were here because it would a long two years until the next haul out.
We cleared out on Saturday the 28th and set a course east with a 15 to 20 knot SW wind pushing us along at 9 to 10 knots! The wind continued through the night and the first day we covered 160 miles on really flat seas. On day two the wind shifted a little north but stayed in the 20 knot range and we turned north on a course of 40 degrees. While I am writing this we are averaging close to 9 knots and are 1000 miles from Nuie a small island west of Tonga. With any luck we will arrive in 5 days.
Then it was Steve's birthday on the 30th until we crossed the date line and he had to wait another day! So technically he will have had 2 birthdays on downtime in as many days! Top that!
One of the low lights is having the only saltwater head (toilet) plug just after I used it!! One of my maintenance items that got postponed.... and bit me in the rear!! Come to find out if you run saltwater in hoses for a few years they clog shut with deposits! Yuck!
You can follow or track us on yotreps.com and type in user name wdf2560 and that will show you current location of Downtime!
We hope to be telling you some good fish storied in our next post!! So stay tuned...
Until then, Peace! Downtime's crew, Pete, Daria, and Steve
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