Our Scariest Days At Sea (4 days from land)

There are times when crusing feels like Murphy’s Law in action.  Because if anything can go mistaken, it will.  And, most likely, it will happen at night.

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Today’s story picks up where we left you hanging last week.  With the news that our life raft locker, and all its contents, had been taken by the sea.

Staring down at the gaping hole in our cockpit I made the decision to carefully pack away my wild imagination and put it in our waterproof, fireproof safe with our other precious valuables.

And even though we’ve been on terra firma for a couple of weeks now, I still haven’t retrieved it.  Because my mind is still reeling and I don’t know what to think about all that has happened on this voyage.   One part of me wants to chalk it all up to a calamity of coincidence and the other part of me wonders what nautical deity we must have pissed off.

Either way, I’m starting to understand why sailors are such superstitious folk.

Grab a tall glass of something good and settle in for what is no doubt our scariest days at sea.  I hereby dub this passage, and chapter of our lives, as “Lessons In Fortitude With Murphy”.

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We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn. We been living #OffTheGrid and exploring the world for 10 years.
Our first six years of #travel were an epic road trip around North America.
Now we’re on a sailing voyage about the world. Did we have any previous sailing experience, of course not!
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Timestamps if you like to Jump Around:

00:00 The Recap of 7 days at sea (& Intro)
01:08 The Ocean Ripped a Hole in our Sail Boat
02:46 Protecting our Lithium Batteries from Saltwater
03:27 Covering the GIANT Hole in our Cockpit
04:32 Mid-Ocean Diesel Fuel-Up
06:01 Mixed Emotions & Terrifying Thoughts
08:20 BIG WAVES – Seas Are Building
11:23 First Sea Life during our Sail
12:04 Light Wind & Calm Seas – Flying the Spinnaker
14:55 Land HO! New Zealand on the Horizon
16:08 We Lost Our Dock Lines
17:32 Night Arrival to New Zealand (A Little SCARY)
19:20 NZ is Kicking us off the boat for MIQ
21:15 Hotel Quarantine in Auckland, NZ (SO/ Hotel)
22:52 We’ve Lost Faith in our Vessel

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  1. Wow, we were on edge watching the video as we have the same boat in NZ.
    Points to note: The drain holes for whole cockpit is located in 4 corners of the liferaft well ( which you lost). Even if you had big waves, water would have channeled back to that hole, that is how the cockpit sole is setup for draining water, Excess water would flow aft overboard. The way that liferaft base came off leads me to think it is designed to do so in crisis, so one can swim to it.. I will check the manual.
    Cover for liferaft is also part of the floor, so all is not lost, just need to be able to lock the cover down so waves dont keep bouncing it up.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing, would love to able to see Curiosity one day and compare notes.

  2. Alistair Grayling

    Next locker to get fibreglassed on I think, bit of a poor design in such a great boat.

  3. Jason did you call Kent and tell him the boat he sold you it’s falling apart

  4. So happy you made it.

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