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Friends of S/V Code Blue 9-13-18 September 16, 2018

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Friends of S/V Code Blue 9-13-18

We think we are close to resolution of our Simrad autopilot NAC-3 Computer after eight months or so starting back in New Zealand, install started Jan. 16, 2018. We came from Suva to Denarau to meet up with someone our Simrad tech/engineer had suggested and agreed to help. We got to Denarau on the west side and he was so busy he wasn’t able to help. We did anchor next to sv Barefoot, David and Roz, friends of ours when we arrived here.

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Subject: Fwd: Tonga & it’s Humpback Whales August 7, 2018

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2018.
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Tonga Humpback Whales

Friends of ours Frank n Lisa from Whangarei took their sail boat to Tonga this season. It’s not often I paste an email to our blog but this is pretty special. –SD

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Date: Sun, Aug 5, 2018, 11:31 AM
Subject: Fwd: Tonga & it’s Humpback Whales-

Hi All,

Three years ago I was lucky enough to play a game of hide and seek with a dolphin that visited us in an anchorage in NZ. Last year I spent four days alone in the water with 5-15 Manta Rays who were feeding next to our boat at anchor in Fiji. So it should not be surprising that one of our main objectives for coming to Tonga was to experience the migrating humpback whales

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Code Blue – Update Fiji 7-23-18 PT August 6, 2018

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Judy n Steve* – at Grand Pacific Hotel

Enclosed pictures of Judy and I with Grand Pacific Hotel that Judy visited in 1982 when she toured the South Pacific on a 60 foot sailboat, also picture of Code Blue at the Royal Suva Yacht Club. I’m a bit scruffy from the recent transit New Zealand to Fiji. Not a bed of roses recently here in paradise. Fuel problems with water and algae bloom in the fuel so had to empty 50 gallons of diesel out of a tank. Still need to clean the tank better. Now our autopilot that we’ve been working on since Jan. 2018 has come up with more problems to solve. Local talent thinks it’s a bad computer that is still under warranty as just got it Dec. 2017 from Seattle. Suva, Fiji, Hope to make Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Australia by Nov. 2018 BUT, we’re having major Autopilot problems that we think we resolve and then they reappear with another snafu since Jan.16, 2018 when we started the install. AP only worked for four hours in our recent NZ to Fiji transit. Resorted to our Windvane and Aux. autopilot on Hydrovane.

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Code Blue 7-20-18, Suva Update July 19, 2018

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We’re having major problems with our autopilot. Simrad Autopilot (parent company is called Navico that makes same units under B&G and Lowrance.) we’ve been trying to resolve since we left Seattle and thought was fixed just before leaving NZ. Four hours after leaving NZ in light seas motoring we discovered it wasn’t fixed. Now local Suva company Sky Technology thinks we have a bad computer unit called NAC 3. So maybe replace under warranty. We’ll see but sort of stuck in Suva. We have an auxiliary Raymarine 2000 ST+ that is setup for our Hydrovane rudder on the windvane that works pretty good as a backup. I think we could connect this unit directly to our emergency tiller on the boat rudder and then we would have a real second autopilot. I need to check if the 2000 ST is strong enough for this boat being 21,000 #s displacement and doable hook up wise at the helm.

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Code Blue 06-30-18 — Close to Fiji June 30, 2018

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We’re 153 miles to Suva, Fiji the capital. Still very rough with winds 24 to 35 on our starboard beam and at least 3 meter seas. Report says 3.7 meters in the area. Seems this has been going on for days since we left on the 23rd but we’ve been sailing with a handkerchief of 60% jib for the last few hours.

Reef early and often, they say. Just got called up to reef again in this msg. Hitting 40 kts once in a while with 35 often. This gets a bit tiring after days of this.

Using “Ray” or “Raymond” our Raymarine tiller pilot with our Hydrovane rudder. This works great but we still use more power than we can produce. Today was pretty sunny with 179 solar amp hours produced from our 610 watts of solar panels. Still we run our motor for 21, 23 and 13 miles in the last 4 days to keep up.

We’ve been doing 5 1/2 to 6 kts mostly with 75% sailing.

Steve and Judy s/v Code Blue
9pm Local NZ/FJ time.

 – s / j –

Code Blue Update 06-24-18 – Headed to Fiji June 24, 2018

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Left Marsden Cove 12:12PM 6-23-18. Motoring toward 150 mile day in 24 hrs, now at 121. Some wind up and down to 12 kts.

Simbad AP we gave up on after failures every 5 minutes. First at 6:40pm “No Active AP control Unit”, first every 1/2 hour then every 5 mins. Using Raymarine 2000 doing great with Hydrovane. Super glad we have it. Motor sailing at this point. Headed to Suva, Fiji.

Steve and Judy sv Code Blue
6-24-18 7:10am S34 02, E 175
16 7:20AM. Mostly cloudy.

 – s / j –

Code Blue – Update 5-20-18 Preparation for Fiji May 19, 2018

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*Pirate Night* – Had a potluck with Pirates was the theme at the Barge Inn near the marina office.

We’ve had a few set backs. Windlass repair taking a while with parts coming from the USA, Simrad autopilot new unit to function properly but those are behind us now. Working on getting the boat in shape to sail soon we hope in June or maybe May. Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and rally to Bundeberg, Australia by November 2018 is the plan. We sold the NZ Nissan Van to a friend of Judy’s from WING’s (Women’s International Newcomers Group.) We have a new renter couple coming into our Lynnwood house after 6 1/2 years with the previous renter. At this point they are signed up for a couple of years. My sister Lynan is helping out with this a lot.

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s/v Code Blue Update 4-17-18 – Simrad Autopilot Solved – Next is Windlass April 22, 2018

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This is what our revised Navpod looks like. Scott our electrician did a nice job of getting our AP44 (lower right corner) to fit in the older hole that had our Nexus AP.

*Simrad (Navico) Autopilot Problems*

I think finally we got our new Simrad autopilot problem solved. We’ve tried six times taking it out to the bay to get it to work. Today was our 7th try and seems to be successful. Our first AP44 (control knob unit) was dead out of the box, so we had it sent back to Auckland for a replacement. Our thoughts were maybe something wrong with the NAC-3 computer but we couldn’t repeat the problems with another NAC-3 from a friends and when we switched ours to his boat. The last time on 4-6-18 Friday, it worked 9:05am at the dock then 11am started the test with motoring and putting it thru the paces of tests and such with motoring in the bay. Did fine, then came back to the dock at 1:33pm. We still did dock testing after coming back. Then at 1:53pm in follow up mode it failed again. No Rudder response, alarm, no rudder response, then alarm, no active autopilot control unit. Put it back in Follow Up mode, after couple of minutes, kicked out of FU to standby, alarm, “no active autopilot control unit.”

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Code Blue Update 03-19-18 – Volvo Ocean Race March 18, 2018

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Close up of Mapfre sailboat.

We went to Auckland on our Saturday to look at the Volvo Ocean Race (Round the World) boats while in port. Vestas is back in the race after being hit by a fishing boat near Hong Kong in the dead of night with no lights on. One person died on the fishing boat. You couldn’t tell the bow problems after being fixed in New Zealand. Vestas Company makes wind generators with one blade length of 44 meters so 3 on a hub, hub height is 69 meters or 90+ meters. Seven boats in the race. At this point not counting inter harbor races in case of a tie. Mapfre crossed the start line first when leaving Auckland on Sunday local time. It rained in Whangarei while we were gone. No rain in Auckland while we were there. You can Google “Volvo Ocean Race”

 

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Code Blue Update 3-14-18 March 15, 2018

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We have 4 transducers to install on the inside of the boat, they look like this This one will attach to our rudder shaft with hose clamps

Still working on getting our Simrad Autopilot working. We’ve had some help from Simrad and from a boater friend. Now all we need is less wind to try out our commissioning process.

Friends brought down our Visa cards, and some boat parts from Seattle. We did have a problem. The bank didn’t put a C/O name on the package as I didn’t think to include, to Redmond and the owners returned it the first time. We were able to call just in time and the bank did an overnight delivery that got there just in time with C/O. The lady shares the mailbox with the owners and I didn’t know. Judy thought she has her own separate house but the same mailbox.

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