It's a quiet listless night. In Grace's cockpit I'm wondering about my engine once again.....no. no, no.....just kidding. Actually it's overcast and raining. In Grace's cockpit, however, the sun is shining and the birds are singing 'cause I've got water in the heat exchanger. 13/8 inches of water are showing above the first baffle, exactly what was there before our last test run. Thoughts of departure are running through my head.
Kenny is as relieved as we are, but is perhaps a bit more realistic. He has strongly advised us to do an extra long test run before we get to carried away. We're taking his advise and will run over to Tobago Island and back tomorrow. Its a four hour trip, long enough to be pretty sure we got a good fix.
Our plans have changed a bit because of the delay. Instead of heading straight out to the Marquesas Islands we will spend about a month in Ecuador. We should arrive in the Marquesas' in September and will spend the 90 days our French Polynesia visas allow us to be in country in the Islands, then head up to Hawaii. This will allow us to do this passage after the hurricane season, and put us in Hawaii sometime in late November or early December. We plan on wintering over, making the trip back to Seattle in July of next year. Or we may just go somewhere else....whatever the Admiral wants.