Some quick equipment
thoughts after just a week delivering down the coast and another week cruising . . .
Tohatsu 9.8--had not been started in over two years and was stored on the rail in all types of Seattle
rain. After just two pulls it was running perfect. Amazing piece of gear! The Master lock had seized, so I had to cut the Tohatsu's handle for removal
(WD40 and Kroil were not successful on the lock).
Companion Generator--brand new source of alternate power, used more fuel
than I thought, and was far noisier than expected. It put out about 45 amps @ 24v. My Yanmar
4JH4-TE with the 140amp @24v alternator
puts out far more power and is dramatically quieter. The Honda
is a great source of backup power and I am still glad I bought it.
ball, so no anchor
voltage regulator--failed after about 365 hours while over 100nm offshore
. No event, it simply failed. Ordered the replacement from West Marine
. .it was sent to a different store. The store salesperson drove to the other store and brought it to me while I waited! Wow! Great customer service
custom traveler--exploded in a crash gybe in 35 knots true with a rogue wave
skidding us sideways at 11 knots. Jury rigged a repair
with snatch blocks and no further problems.
Mendicino--not too bad
Point Conception-- a washing
machine. Lots of big breaking waves.