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Just a couple of flares left. well beyond the lanes. The islands nonetheless a ways off. yet i am too shut now and feature come via an excessive amount of to allow move. At nightfall in lumpy seas I spear a feminine dorado. through the melee, the sunlight sinks, and a pool of ocean flows round my knee. one way or the other the spear tip has pierced the ground. it truly is too small a slit to slot a plug into, so I take my knife out and bring up the wear and tear. No sweat. Its sufficiently big now to ram a plug in, screw tight, and bind up with codline. Why, looky there, does not even leak a drop, even pulls the dishevelled ground a bit tighter. I must have performed this to the opposite holes within the backside, and may if the patches come off back. contained in the dorado is one other mackerel-like fish, even though smaller and extra digested than the final. i will not get the flashlight to paintings, so I get away considered one of my Lumalights. whilst the sunshine stick is bent, chemical compounds combine and provides off a greenish glow. wealthy fare is unfolded at the board sooner than me: livers, a sac of eggs, forms of meat, and an entire part pint of water. I devour through eco-friendly candlelight. issues are taking a look up. Showers are available the evening and soak every thing, yet I in basic terms gather a bit water. a boat heading west passes too far-off to work out my next-to-last parachute flare. A month in the past i might have fired off 3 or extra flares, yet now i'm even more lifelike. i'm going to look ahead to a boat that's in a greater place to determine me. i will not manage to pay for to waste flares. along with, i get very convinced, maybe too convinced, that if a boat doesn't decide me up i'll nonetheless make it to the islands. The overcast morning ruins my probabilities of distilling water, yet I stay undaunted. here is a breakfast healthy for King Kong: large steaks, 1 / 4 pound of eggs, hearts, eyes, and a scraping of fats. Yum! i am in lovely hot waters now. no matter if i am getting soaked, i am not going to die of hypothermia in a single day. Rain, at the least a gentle bathe, is turning into a virtually day-by-day prevalence. the distance blanket could be risked for different reasons. I flip it right into a water assortment cape for the again of the cover, rolling the sides to behave like gutters. it really is broad on the most sensible, alongside the cover arch tube, and funnels to some extent, which I drag in the course of the leaky statement port. Any waves sloshing over the cover, in addition to any rain, will now pour in as though via an open tap. although, the again of the cover is so leaky now that water pours in from everywhere. The cape covers many of the aft part, that is extra weathered and not more water resistant than front. It makes the again much drier, even though rain and spray nonetheless make their manner round and lower than the cape. The cape catches approximately sixty to seventy percentage of the water and drains it down throughout the tap, so it really is a lot more straightforward to trap than whilst it poured in at random. i will dangle the Tupperware field less than the faucet and bail it out with my espresso can, or i will be able to placed the can without delay below the faucet. As I choose via extra seaweed, a fish, too skinny to be a dorado yet of a similar size, flits throughout my peripheral imaginative and prescient.