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Code Blue-Bundaberg-AU Anchorage 11-4-18 November 4, 2018

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Code Blue-Bundaberg-AU Anchorage 11-4-18

We made it into Bundaberg, AU at the anchorage next to the marina by 5:24pm on Sunday 4th Nov 2018 Noumea, New Caledonia local time which is 4:24pm local Bundaberg time. Left on the 29th at 5pm so basically 6 days of sailing.

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Code Blue Update 10-30-18 – Transit to Australia & AP Working October 30, 2018

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We got delivery of a new ram for our autopilot from Precision Marine Services in Rhode Island. In talking to Dave there he didn’t think a new solenoid coil would help much. We were able to borrow one from Al on Irie II and it also got hot and didn’t seem to help. In talking to Dave he thought we had pump problems in the ram. It was too old, now 15 years, for parts needed.

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Code Blue 10-07-18 — 2nd Mahi mahi, 192 NM from Fiji October 7, 2018

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Blog Update

Caught another Mahi mahi 44″, 18+ lbs on Sat. 10-6-18. This one was bigger Judy says but the scale still says 18lbs same as the last one but this was way thicker steaks and 3 1/2 inches longer. Much cleaner cockpit by handling different in the boat. Used our hook to bring in to boat, as net is too small for these bigger fish. We need to use up fresh fruits, veggies, meat and seeds before New Cal.

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Code Blue Update Status 10-03-18 PT – Fiji to New Caledonia Transit October 4, 2018

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Code Blue Update Status 10-03-18 PT – Fiji to New Caledonia Transit

We think Nexus Ram solenoid coil has a short in it causing to heat up and not work. and provide “No Rudder Response” alarm to Simrad AP44 controller. Electrician found 190 F got to, then stops working. Finally found something that makes sense to solve autopilot problem going on since Jan 2018. Found a Nexus part dealer in Rhode Island for $86.43 then ship coil to Bundaberg, AU plus shipping cost. Will use Hydrovane windvane and auxiliary Raymarine ST2000+, tiller autopilot Hope to leave in couple days from Vuda Point Marina, Fiji. Discovered watermaker was leaking a bit, 1/4 cup an hour, Dealer worked on and returned last night about 5pm. Checked on his work bench for couple of hours, no leaks. Replaced some O-rings 2ea x 3″, 4ea x 1″ smaller ones at head area of Clark pump.

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Code Blue – Update 9-13-18 Simrad Autopilot NAC-3 September 28, 2018

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Last night 9-16-18 there was a pretty good sunset.

Friends of sv 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. David agreed to let us connect our NAC-3 on his boat that had the same setup.

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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

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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

———- Forwarded message —
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.

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