When we last left off, the fridge compressor died. Got a recommendation for a local guy named Darrell Foster. I highly, highly, highly recommend him. Got him on short notice as he was inthe area. Checked out the system, discussed it, spent some time online with me looking at various systems and discussed them. Ordered a new system, basically the same one, direct shipped it to him and he got it installed right away. Great guy, professional and easy to work with.
Have to say, this unit just sips power unlike the previous one. The freezer got down to zero and the fridge at 35 degrees, awesome. Also, had it set to full and left the battery charger off for two days. Still had about ~70% battery house bank capacity. So I figure when I get the solar panels on, I can stay out on the hook at Cape Lookout for a week 😉
Well, this was a weekend of ups and downs.
First, the start battery on bank one has gone to that big electroplate heaven in the sky. Turn off the battery charger and bank two, flip on a load and it drops to nine volts. Damn. Well, battery replacement was simple enough, just awkward putting it in. Anything over twenty pounds that needs to be placed somewhere in a boat crevice ends up being awkward. So out with the old Interstate Group27 start battery, in with the new Duracell…Duracell? Yeah, had a 10% off coupon from Batteries Plus, got it at the Oriental Boat show.
Then there’s “She’s Dead Jim…Part Deux”
We’re not done because it’s a boat. Did you think I was getting off that easy? That cheap? Not! What else could possibly happen? Well, how about the fridge going kaput. You know, the thing that holds the beer and unused salsa and bean dip. Yup, the compressor failed and while I have my suspicions, stupid is as stupid does. I’ll leave it htere. Hint, DC electric motors do like low voltage. So this failure falls within the proper range of boat failures. Cost? A boat buck. Of course you can’t just order a compressor motor, Nope, gotta get the unit. Cool thing is I won’t be needed a new evaporator will just have it evacuated and there’s an adapter fitting for the new connection. So with Amex in hand (or on file), quickly went to Defender to offer my tithe to the patron saint of boat repairs with another boat buck.
But there’s a lighter side. As I’m planing on doing more anchoring out and discovering this year, along with being a temporary resident of Ocracoke by accumulating a month on the island this year, I felt I needed a better dingly. So….(drumroll), kind of fell into a new AB 9.5AL. This thing is sweet. Aluminum floor, hypalon, high bow. Will keep me dry in the chop. Much nicer than my other two inflatable floor dinghys (which are for sale btw). This thing can take up to a 15hp outboard and it’s just begging for more than my current 6hp Tohatsu. Besides, I need something to zip me back and forth from Ocracoke to Portsmith Island. Tohatsu 9.8 with the optional external battery start is in my eye. I’m also interested in teh Lehr 9.9hp propane outboard, just still a bit concerned about getting the talk filled wherever I’m at, also concerned about having that big cylinder tank in the dinghy.
And did still get on water though we didn’t go too far 😉