We’ve just passed Cochise’s 4,000th nautical mile since launching four months ago. We’ve got 1200 NM to go for Bora Bora, the breeze is light out of the NW, and the barometer has quickly climbed to 1013 mb.
There are a variety of swells intermingling, but Cochise doesn’t mind as she glides smoothly over and through them.
The sun is dead overhead with high clouds mitigating the heat, and the air con is doing its job. In our fourth day at sea, the three of us are settling into a routine. We are getting a few chores done, are well rested, and enjoying a clear horizon.
Between almost full fuel tanks and a modest load of fresh water, we are carrying 5,000 gallons/19,000 liters of liquids. Fuel burn is averaging .85 gallon/3.22 L per nautical mile. This is uphill, with a lumpy confused sea. Right now we are doing 10.9 knots, turning 1600 RPM, burning 9.4 gallons/35.5 L total per hour. This burn rate includes all the power required for air conditioning and stabilizer hydraulics. Smooth water, calm winds, yield more favorable results.
The little John Deere diesels are purring away, the horizon is clear, radar has no targets. All is good aboard Cochise.