SEA Currents: Corwith Cramer
24 Hours is Not Enough
36 9.8’N x 064 52.5’W
Clear skies, cumulus clouds, NNW winds
Motor sailing under the fore- and main- stays’l
N. Sargasso Sea
Over the past few days, the rough waves, interesting shower situations, and deck restrictions have triggered many spiritual conversations with Poseidon in search of smoother sailing. Someone must have spoken to him ‘cause this morning, we woke up to the open deck sign and gentler waves.
It’s hard to believe how little time has passed because I feel like we have been up to so much during the 9 days C-275 has spent on the Cramer. Last Friday, we left the WHOI dock and this Friday, we find ourselves in full watch schedules, working on our Creature Feature Infotainment assignment, and most urgent and exciting learning the lines in preparation for the Great Line Chase on Monday! There seems to be so much to look forward to.
Time seems to play mind games here out at sea. I find myself trying to budget my time off between sleep and “exploring.” Sometimes I find that I do not have enough time in a day to do everything I want to; 24 hours is just not enough. In fact, I have been up to so much today that I sit here –in the library—at 19:57 try to write this blog before Chuck’s preferred 20:00 completion time.
During the past week I have found myself in the engine room many times. I feel like it is a place that often gets overlooked. Whether it is spent doing boat checks or spending my watch with Nate and Clare, I have had many great times exploring the engine room and the many nooks and crannies the engineers spend their time in. Today I got to spend my watch with the Nate and Clare yet again! Hanging with the engineers is always a good time. After checking in with my mate, I can always count on finding Nate somewhere with his mate. In the mornings, he is usually savoring his tea on the port deck boxes and watching the sunrise and hours later, he is most likely on the quarter deck watching the sunset or painting a watercolor post card. Clare is usually milling around and can be found in the main saloon playing cards after dinner! She will always ask you if you would like to play a game of whist!
As much as I like spending my downtime with the engineers, they are also up to some pretty cool stuff they do during the day. Earlier this week, Nate and I went down to the reefer to change the water makers. As we switched open and close different valves among the dry stores of apples, potatoes, and onions, Nate was testing the salinity of the water by slurping it as it came out of a pipe, before I knew it I was doing the same thing. Today, Clare and I did a weekly check on the outboard of our little boat. She taught me everything about the outboard engine and then we ran it just to make sure it worked. The number of different parts was overwhelming to me at first, but Clare was not troubled by the numerous parts and lines that ran between them. After the outboard check, we gave it a little bath to clean the salt water off of it!
Life out at sea has been hectic, eventful, and so amazing! The engine room is just one of the many special places that I have gotten to spend my time during the past few days. There are many other areas that I look forward to exploring and so much on my to do list before the end of this voyage! Here’s to many more cups of matte, half-hourly engine room check, and sunsets!