4,000 Nautical Miles And Counting: Passage Update


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.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 11, 2016)

6 Responses to “4,000 Nautical Miles And Counting: Passage Update”

  1. Steve B Says:

    Do you have air con in the matrix deck?

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Yes, Steve, there is air con on the Matrix deck, but this is basically for defogging the windows in cold climates.

  3. Passerby Says:

    “All is good aboard Cochise”

    ~/ cue scary music /~

    Normally that would be considered ‘ironic foreshadowing’ – but, given the design concept, the execution, and the implementation across the FPB line … “All is good” sounds about right.

    Any pleasant surprises – decisions which, in retrospect, turned much better than you expected?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    We’ll have a detailed poste mortem shortly. Check back in a few days.

  5. Tom Smeaton Says:

    Enjoying your updates

  6. scott flanders Says:

    Are you pulling baits? At 10.9 knots its a near guaranteed hookup. What could be better than pulling a tasty mahi mahi or yellowfin tuna lips first over the transom using the warping winch. Eh?