In the late afternoon, when the deck was getting particularly wet, Charles went below to do our routine checks. Inside, he saw water coming in to the cabin!
Our first instinct was that we had left a hatch open, but coming in through the head that made no sense. Charles quickly realized it was the dorade box, which has an issue in allowing water in during certain tacks / conditions.
Essentially, that renders them useless – unless you are looking for a very effective way to stub your toe or snag your lines.
I sent Charles back up to the helm, got to work cleaning up the water, and plugged the hole using a very temporary method – a towel. It did prevent any more water from getting on the floors or walls, so it worked for the day.
As soon as we can, we want to replace the dorade vents with solar fans.
The rest of the sail was uneventful, cold, and beautiful. We saw a tremendous number of pelicans, more than I have ever seen at one time, making their way east as the sun set. Around 8:30 p.m., we turned on the engine, as it was clear we would be on the water for at least another hour without it.
It was our first full day of sailing on the boat, and we underestimated how far she would go – and then how long it would take to get back. Between our navigation equipment, and our dead reckoning ability, we were able to get in easily and safely after dark.