The air conditioning got fixed in San Juan but it was only temporary – three days from Jacksonville the pipes broke again and we had no more spares. It was so hot in my room I could barely breathe, much less sleep. What was left for me to do but drag my entire bed out on deck?
Sleeping under the stars and waking up to the brilliant columnar clouds and blue horizon was more enjoyable than I expected it to be. In the end, an extremely unpleasant situation yielded something really beautiful.
When we reached the dock at last, we were planning to switch over to the Defender, but when the engineer fired up the generator – the AC there didn’t work either! It might have been that he couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t starting because he was somewhat punchy – we were all totally sleep deprived, nobody had been sleeping except for between sundown and sunup. They had us slated to work all day yesterday but the captain refused. Instead they put us in hotel rooms to get some actual sleep and cool off. They tore out and replaced the entire AC system, including the air compressor, so that it won’t shake itself to pieces again. We crewed up early this morning to take the Adventurer to the fuel dock and since I was off watch I got to go back to bed once we were on the boat. Being cool and dry while sleeping is a luxury I will never take for granted again.