The End is Near, well this comment was meant with tongue-in-cheek. Obviously, the end is in sight! (As a fun project Google ‘The End is Near’). Every week we make baby steps forward fighting electrical gremlins. Our Nav system went from death defying low voltages of 10V to an average of 13.5V – meaning the autopilot will not disengage willy-nilly anymore.
We got the leaking top windows replaced. Most of the defunct solar panels are replaced. Four of the six top panels are already connected. Two panels couldn’t be connected because fishing the cables through the ceiling meant ripping up the ceiling. Now we wait for upholstery from Nautitech BEFORE we destroy something.
We used our time in port for other boat improvements like extra 400W solar on the davit arms. The empty forepeaks get shelves for storage (not IKEA!) and pipes to hang ropes and some sail bags.
We installed LED light strips in the main salon to have more indirect lighting.
For early March we secured a spot in Cap d’Agde. Just a back-up in case the electrical work drags out. We still need two inverters replaced and some minor electrical work (if such thing as minor ever exists when you use the E word).
We sincerely hope the Klabautermann is on our side now. For those who don’t know the K-man here is his Wiki entry: A Klabautermann is a water kobold that assists sailors and fishermen on the Baltic and North Sea in their duties. It is a merry and diligent creature, with an expert understanding of most watercraft, and an irrepressible musical talent. It is believed to rescue sailors washed overboard.
New top windows – not leaking anymore.
Nav system voltage went from too low to great
We went from 10V
.. to great 13.5V
Replacement Solar Cells on top, not complete yet. New 400W solar on the davits.
We are getting there!