The Amazing Marvin is skirting the shores of Cape Verde as the wind pushes him along to Barbados. A predicted drop in wind speed failed to happen, so Marvin is in perfect trade wind conditions at the moment.
The only unfortunate development so far has been the plugging of the exit valve to the kids’ holding tank with something. This resulted in a “holding tank full” light going on despite the seacock being open, disabling two of our three heads. Greg found the location of the plug only after several stinky rounds of digging around with the roll of steel tape he usually uses to feed wires. It is beyond a 90-degree turn in the hoses, close to the exit port, and it looks like the only way to unclog it is to go up the pipe the other way, from the underside of the boat. As Mel learned in med school, going up the pipe the other way is no fun. We’d rather not mess with that in these seas, so the family is back to using one toilet.
Tommy just banned Mel from making an off-color joke regarding the toilets. Party pooper.
Boat stuff: 180.7 nm in 24 hours. Spinnaker is up. The hydrogenerator worked a whole 24 hours before it started making its unhappy noise and died. So the toilets aren’t the only things crapping out on us. The wind is running between 11-17 kts true and seas were down to 4 feet until recently, when they kicked back up to 6 feet. We are on course now to our midway point, keeping the wind angle between 130-150 degrees.