Saturday, March 11, 2017

What's Been Working and Not Working For Us So Far

We'll probably drop a post like this every once in a while, just some notes on what's working or not.

First, we're very satisfied that all the hard work we put into the boat in the last year in San Diego seems to be paying dividends, the engine, watermaker, generator, running rigging, whisker pole, larger solar panels, repaired dinghy leak, longer anchor chain, new exhaust hoses, and new wind instrument all seem to be working as they should.

Two things in particular we have used or gotten much more use out of than we expected are the boom preventer line and the wind generator.  The boom preventer has been a huge plus when sailing in the conditions we've experienced, heavy downwind sailing.  At night especially the easy-to-rig boom preventer has added levels of comfort so that we don't have to worry about the damage from a potential accidental gybe.

And despite being told by so many people we wouldn't use our generator until we got to the South Pacific and were in the trades, our Superwind has been keeping our batteries topped off even on the cloudy days where we get little solar help.  We're ecstatic to wake up in the morning after having the reefer and freezer run most of the night and only be down 5-10% on the batteries.