Shango 2017-

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Latitude Longitude Date / Time (UTC) Depth (m) Speed (kts) Course (°T) Comment
13° 1.38' N 75° 59.446' W 23 Nov 2018 09:30 None None None Big seas and strong wind for first day and night. Also from a very tight angle. Not our idea of a good time. To top it off something hit our Monitor Windvane paddle and broke the sacrificial tube. The end of the pendulum which accepts the paddle was also damaged so I could not slide the paddle into the pendulum. Thanks goodness the autopilot is still happy. Winds have calmed a bit and shifted to a much better angle. The crew is happier. Beautiful blue sky and a full moon tonight. We are now making our course for Jamaica.
10° 23.416' N 75° 34.302' W 22 Nov 2018 14:21 None None None We're off for Jamaica again. Autopilot happy so far. A bit of unfavorable wind expected later today and tonight but otherwise looks OK. Cartagena was a good stop despite the heat and dirty water in the harbor. Met some very nice cruisers, enjoyed the friendly people of the yacht club, and the city.
10° 24.529' N 75° 32.5' W 17 Nov 2018 14:01 None None None Autopilot back from hydraulics repair man. Pump seals had failed and were rebuilt. Will reinstall and reconfigure electronics and then wait for weather. Looks like we will have to wait several days for NE winds to calm down and turn more eastward before we can set out again. Time to be Colombia tourists for a few days.
10° 24.529' N 75° 32.5' W 10 Nov 2018 14:07 None None None We are not on our way to Jamaica. We are in Cartagena, Colombia. Just before dinner last night I heard an alarm go off on our autopilot. We had been motor sailing using the autopilot most of the day. The error message implied that the problem was with my hydraulic ram, 22 years old and one of the only original pieces of gear on the boat. We have been waiting for it to fail and it looks like it has. A night of hand steering as we motored into a building wind and sea did nothing for our spirits. Our destination became Cartagena some 60 miles distant rather than 500 or so to Jamaica. We are now anchored off the local cruiser's yacht club and trying to sort out our next steps.
9° 57.27' N 77° 22.375' W 09 Nov 2018 09:30 None None None Still heading east with the light NNE winds. No moon last night but a clear sky full of stars. Not a bad way to start a passage. Saw a whale at dusk and 10-15 ships heading East from the Canal parallel to our course. Our plan is still to head north for Jamaica sometime after midnight tonight. We shall see...

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Vessel Particulars

Name: Shango 2017-

Length: 12.3

Draft: 1.6