Sunday, June 1, 2008

Atlantic Crossing Day 4 - Sargosa Sea

Sargosa is Spanish for seaweed and it is everywhere in this correctly named sea. The water is very clear and a deep blue dotted with mats of yellow seaweed. At night the seaweed glows when disturbed. This seaweed is fouling the Ferris Water Power 200 electric generator every 20 minutes or less. When the seaweed wraps around the propeller of the Water Power 200 output fall from 8 amps to .5 amps. We have stopped towing it and are relying on the diesel generator for our electricity. The seaweed is also fouling the servo rudder on the wind vane steering. We'll be glad to be out of this garden in the ocean. Other than clearing the weeds all is well.

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