Day 15: Shipspotting
I considered using the spinnaker, but decided to wait until tomorrow. Good call, since most of today has been very low winds. So, instead it's motoring time. I spent a large amount of fuel getting out of San Francisco, so I suppose it's only proper that I spend the rest getting into Honolulu. I've got less than 300 nautical miles left and assuming my gauges aren't misleading me, I should have enough to motor all the way.
I generally prefer sailing instead of motoring (why else have a sailboat), but when the weather is calm and water not quite so rough, motoring is a nice change. The steady noise of the engine makes it easier to sleep and I won't be woken up to make sail changes. I'm also getting extra power, which means filling up the water tank, taking a hot shower and watching movies on the big screen. Well, 26" is better than the iPad 10".
Then, for the first time since night of day 1, I spotted a ship. I've actually seen a couple already, but all by instruments never close enough to physically see it. This one was close enough to be visible and marks the first contact in 14 days. Also a reminder that I'm gonna have to start looking out for more, now that I'm so close to Honolulu.
Captain Petter on S/V Bella Marina