Fruit Salad - from Guava to Mandarin, a change of mooring but still living ashore
Date 1600 Friday 2 March 2012
Our boat host for Caduceus’ first three weeks in
Whilst this “voyage” was all of 500 metres from Guava Isle to Mandarin Isle, it was made a little complicated by having to reverse back into the new canal and there was not an enormous room for manoeuvre. Susi and Henk turned out to assist armed with boat hooks for fending and we were soon safely in our new berth.
The first three weeks have also seen activity ashore. We have attended All Saints Episcopal Church near Las Olas Boulevard; a wonderfully inclusive church and member of the worldwide Anglican Communion and with a decidedly familiar feel. Meeting of the Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) have introduced us to new friends. An outing to the Miami Boat Show was disappointing if you were looking for sail boats but nevertheless useful to us for supplier contacts.
Generally organising ourselves, making use of the WiFi connection in the apartment for email and Skye calls, getting the boat ready for living aboard and attempting to get some exercise seemed easily to fill the available time.
It is worth perhaps just filling in some details for the last three weeks. We have been taking advantage of the excellent facilities, suppliers and specialists that are on hand for a minor refit. I have included the detail and contacts in the event that anyone passing this way and requiring assistance may find the information useful. Telephone numbers have been included for individuals.
First we at last replaced
our set of batteries, all 13 of them, using the
The next major undertaking was to sort out the secondary anchor
winch. During the layup in
Next on was the failed freezer thermostat; fortunately for the food
this had failed in the on position but it was rather heavy on the electrical
consumption as the freezer tried to achieve absolute zero. A chance
encounter at the Miami Boat Show with a Climma agent for the eastern
The other major work involved sorting out the solar panels and
associated controller plus the battery monitor which had developed a mind of it
own and was definitely filed in the fiction section. The solar panels
have given concern for some time and we had burned out cells on two of the four
panels. Sorting out the who and the why this very unusual problem
occurred is on-going; getting a fully wiring efficient replacement was the
priority. Bob Everhard of eMarine, a solar equipment distributor came up
with good advice and supplied four replacements at a price well under half the
Anchor Marine Electric removed the panels and put the new ones in place. This unfortunately was not a one man job and actually required two of them and me to get everything off the boat and back in place without dropping valuable bits in the canal.
An upgraded replacement controller was supplied by eMarine, a Morningstar MPPT 40 which I wired into the system. West Marine, via the irrepressible Pam Wall supplied an upgraded replacement Xantrex Battery meter. I also fitted digital ammeters to the wind generators so all in all I have a much better grip on what is happening, or more importantly not happening in the power department.