Doug Faunt (n6tqs) wrote,
Doug Faunt
n6tqs

Rollin', rolling on the ocean

0200Z 13 Nov 1:12'N 051:17'W West at 5 kts

The problem with this wind and motoring is that we only get a respite from the motion, whern we're lying down, and even then it's still moving you around. Even if we were just sailing, with the wind as far aft as it is, we'd be rolling like this.
We're motorsailing- we could maybe make 2 -3 knots without the engines, but everyone is tired of this trip, with about a week to go at this rate.

It looks as if the icemaker may be operational again- a great luxury.

I picked up, electronically, the entire A Bertram Chandler "Grimes" series, and have read them through. It's been interesting them all at once, and while underway.
In "Sister Ships", ALTERNATE ORBITS, Grimes is actually handling a surface vessel (clearly very informed by Chandler's profession) and the issues of coming alongside, with current and wind to be taken into account are very similar to what we experienced, even to the use of an anchor as a maneuvering aid. This last we are always prepared to do, and actually did in Rostock, as the apparent situation changed significantly at the last minute.
And it's a very relevant cautionary tale, about relying too much on automation and electronics.
In 2009, CONCORDIA, a sail training and school ship, sank, and the duty officer's dependence on and lack of knowledge about, the autopilot and steering system contributed in a small way.
And we're working on moving to electronic charts here, for purely economic reasons, but we have mto make sure we're not dependent on "a single fuse" as Grimes puts it. We wouldn't be, but we do need to allow for multiple problems adding up, and we are explicitly using traditional methods when we are able.
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