Day 35 (day 7 on the gulf)
We are going to run the outboard motor until we run out of gas, with the exception of one tank of gas for the generator, because we're not sure we'll have enough gasoline and diesel fuel to get to Belize. So we are looking to stop in Cancun for fuel. We saw another freighter this morning. We ran half of the day with a dozen dolphins. Overnight we drifted in the right direction, and made 7 nautical miles. Other nights we drifted 3-5 miles in the wrong direction. Over the past couple of days I've started to feel better, and able to eat small amounts of food.
Day 36 (day 8 on the gulf)
We put the main sail up today because we weren't sure if we had enough fuel to get to either Cancun or Cozumel. We were going only 1-4 knots today. We're still not sure what amount of fuel we need in order to make it to Cozumel. The wind went from about 15 kt to 20 to 30 plus, as we got near Cuba and shallower water. We had tough time getting the sail down. We motored the boat till about 4:00 am.
Day 37 (day 9 on the gulf)
Started motoring around 6:30 a.m. We redid routes to Belize and found that we don't have enough fuel to make it, so we are heading for Cozumel for fuel and gas midday tomorrow sometime. The sea flattened out somewhat during the day, with light winds, few clouds. Nice sailing weather if we could. But sailing at this point is getting too risky until everything fixed, which can't happen until the trip is over. Dave motored the boat till about 4:00 am.