We've set a tentative departure date of Nov 3rd, weather
permitting. I thought we'd be out of here a couple of months ago. Our project
quickly turned into a refit
and our 1-2 months of work escalated into 4 months of work.
had to come down, we didn't expect that because it was new but poorly installed by the PO. We've had to go through nearly every component of every system. For example, on the freshwater system the only component that we left untouched was the water
heater but we plan to replace that anyway with a propane
I installed our solar panels
last week and they're easily keeping pace with our requirements. I got 2 190 watt panels
from Sunelec.com for about 1/4th of the West Marine price
for similar watts.
story there- I installed the panels
one afternoon and I was still motivated to continue the electrical
connections after it had grown dark. The next morning the "Harbor Masters" if you want to call them that showed up and welded lock boxes over all of the outlets. You see, we had all been stealing electricity from the City's light poles in the pier above the docks. I had thought that the boatyard was paying the power bill but the city had been on the hook the whole time.
The welder came down on the dock
to inform me that he was un-plugging me permanently and I was able to tell him honestly that it didn't matter at all because my panels were putting out 3 times what my battery charger
had produced. Before I had only had electricity when the automatic lights activated at night and lost
it each morning at sunrise.
JUST IN TIME!