After motoring all day and half the night in calm conditions we are now trying to sail downwind in 8 kn of Easterly. At around 0130 this morning the newly replaced main engine fuel filter (spin on FRAM) developed a crack in the bottom and sqirted a couple gallons of fuel in the engine bilge before Kurt noticed the smell and shut the engine down. The engine bilge is now as clean as it has been in a long time and the fuel filter has been replaced with another (same FRAM model but different style). This of course was the impetus to start sailing. We are now just waiting for the wind to fill in tomorrow.
Noon to noon: 197 nm, 251d T.
12-18-10 noon position: 16d 16'N, 34d 09'W.
We have been catching fish with a small wahoo landed yesterday morning. Probably going too slow now...