|... and the view astern, featureless but for our wake. Motoring through flat calm I found rather tedious. Without incident or tricky navigation to distract me, I am plagued by <i>Full Moon</i>'s engine -- noisy as a pack of devils from the Pit! I spent our motoring hours wearing earplugs or industrial ear muffs, and even so it was fairly awful. I stayed out on deck (as far from the engine as I could get) whenever the weather permitted, but the engine noise was a constant strain on me and impaired my ability to enjoy the view. Jon seemed to find it more irritating than oppressive; but I found it quite fatiguing after 6 or 7 hours.