FPB 78-1 Cochise has just completed a 1832 NM passage, Fiji to French Polynesia, against the prevailing wind and current, and has now seen more than 5000 NM pass under the hull in just four months.
During the passage to French Polynesia, Cochise and her three person crew encountered everything from large surf…
…to 50-knot squalls.
The seven days and 14 hours spent underway were mostly in light headwinds, typically 10-to-15 knots with good visibility, even at night–courtesy of an almost-full moon.
Cochise averaged 10.06 knots for the passage, burning .803 gallons/3.04 liters per nautical mile for propulsion, electric, and hydraulic power.
The massive solar array averaged 17 kW of power generation each day. The upper right corner (above) shows the solar array amperage (142) while the upper left is the net charge or current draw. In this case we are showing a slight charge since the air conditioning is on and taking most of the array’s output.
This full moon photo, taken while running at 10 knots into 1-1.5 meter seas, and is an example of just how smoothly the FPB 78 penetrates the waves. The photo was taken with a 840mm equivalent prime lens.
We will clear into French Polynesia this morning. We’ve got a very short list of things to get done before the next passage. Mostly routine chores like changing engine oil. After that, we will enjoy the clear waters of Raiatea for a few days.
And then it’s on to the next stop, by a route still to be determined.
We are headed further east, a lot further…
But first we need to clear in, grab some fresh baguettes, and croissants…
And contemplate the standard for speed and comfort which FPB 78-1 Cochise has just demonstrated.
Sure we are a little biased, but then we are also hyper-critical. To have just come 1800 NM uphill, and to be ready and looking forward to getting out to sea again in short order, speaks volumes about Cochise and her capabilities.