Captains Log – June 20 2016

Stardate 94071.77

air 32C
water 16C
wind 24km SW
partly cloudy
pressure 101 kPa steady
Distance traveled 23 NM in 4 hours

Spence and I went out for an early morning ride along the beach with the long boards today. We’ve got the GoPro mounted to his helmet for SpencerCam. It’s only 7:30 am and already 28C – a good day to be on the water.20160620_074656 20160620_080217

Fuel is cheapish @ 1.05 in La Baie Ha Ha! so fill ‘er up! 825.5 litres later…
Andre was our man on shore who manages the marina for the town. Here he is with his lovely wife Le Grizzly. He says they never have an argument.

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We’ve been keeping track of our fuel burn rate to see what kind of mileage we can get with our twin 5.9L Cummins diesels. I’d say we travel at our slow cruising speed of 6kn @ 900-1000 rpm 80-90% of the time and our fast cruising speed of 21-23kn @ 2100-2300 rpm 10-20% of the time. We also have a generator on board that we’ve used for 3-4 hours in the last tank of fuel. Including the generator use we seem to be averaging 1.99mpg or 118.2L/100km.20160619_083309

Considering our boat displaces 18600lbs. that doesn’t seem completely unreasonable. As a comparison my 750cc motorcycle burns 4.9L/100km weighing in a 417lbs. and the Fiat 500 1.4L  engine burns 6.4L/100km (44mpg) @ 2363lbs. Our Jeep wrangler unlimited weighs in @ 3760lbs. and burns at a rate of 16L/100km or claimed 17.8mpg with its 3.6L engine.

I think there’s room for improvement, if we can reduce our high speed travel even more. We will see how we do on the next couple of tanks of fuel.

Ryanna is continuing to work on her character development skills while we are under way.20160620_110432

The kids played at a water park this afternoon to cool off in this heatwave we are having.20160620_152037

We will be offline for a short while to take Ryanna home for her grade 8 grad. Oh the things we do for our kids. 🙂 So tomorrow we will pick up a rental car and head out for a mini adventure in the middle of our big adventure. I can’t wait to get back on the boat and we haven’t even left yet!

Chow for now!

 

 

Author: Doug Law

A technology professional currently taking a three month sabbatical, doing the Down East Loop, aboard a 36 foot Express Cruiser, with his family.

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