For the past two days, the wind has been too strong to swim. It started with 20 knots of wind, jumped to 25 and then 30 in a matter of seconds accompanied by heavy rain. The rain fell so hard that the visibility dropped to less than 50 meters.
Had I been in the water in those conditions only paced by the kayak, this could have been a very dangerous situation.
The squall brought also cooler temperatures, At night, whoever is on watch has to wear pants and a heavy jacket to stay warm at the helm.
Our dinghy engines still gave us the same error and after contacting the manufacturer, we didn’t get any solution; the engines need to be shipped back to them and taken apart. Last night, we had a brainstorming session to find alternative solutions to this problem. Now we are down to swimming with the kayak, Seeker, or the dinghy if we ever find a way to propel it.
The kayak has limitations, we can only use it with good sea conditions. Seeker speed is a real challenge, it cannot be controlled to match mine fast enough, I always find myself having to slow down or speed up to catch up with our sailboat. We are looking at options to control her speed a little better. Unfortunately, the dinghy was the best setup, it provided flexibility and the right support when swimming, this and the deterioration of the weather are definitely impacting the swim.