It's been 8 months and I'm happy to report that the "fix" was not temporary.
I have no argument with the reports about Lifeline AGMs not living up to their specs but in our case they seem to be doing what we hoped.
Since we are now in La Paz
(Mx) we have more sun than we know what to do with. We have still not hooked up to shore power
since May 2012 and have only started the engine
once since then to help bring the charge back up (60+ hours of running all instruments and radar
and nav lights and the water
maker and the Frigoboat refrigeration
Down in La Paz
our 270W panel capacity is also charging the two 55 Ah Lifeline batteries we use to power the Minn Kota on the dinghy
. This is solar
power heaven and it won't last as we head
South to avoid the hurricane
season and run into cloudy days but we're enjoying it while we can. We are getting much of our RO water
from the (Marina De La Paz) marina in the slip but are powering the Katadyn
160E when we are on the hook.
BTW, we also use the solar
power and charged batteries to charge the computers
and handhelds and AA & AAA batteries as well as the 2000W inverter
to run the Sailrite
and power tools as needed.
With shorter days and more clouds we won't be doing this well but for now we're doing much much better than I ever expected.
Sorry to make Mark seem like a genius