As we were getting underway this morning, the chain piled up under the windlass and jammed. This caused the up button to weld itself into the 'on' position. The circuit breaker tripped. In removing the chain stripped housing, the two bolts nearly lost all their threads. I'm going to wait until we get into San Quintin to investigate further but it appears that we may have to manually deploy and retrieve the anchor until we can get some replacement parts. That's not too bad, though: Both Ruthie and Corie are really strong.
We still have winds out of the south so we're motoring once again. There should be a law against bashing southbound, even though the wind is light.
Fair winds and calm seas.
At 12/18/2010 6:38 PM (utc) our position was 30°47.36'N 116°13.21'W