Swing Set

Feb 19, 201306:04 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Prophets Come in Many Forms

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Remember that fella we met in Key West at the Conch Republic Bar? The one who started his conversation with me by saying that our wind generators were noisy and were going to break? Yes. Him.

It turns out I should probably go back and find him and anoint his holiness with adulation and praise, for he is apparently a prophet worthy of being the center of a new religion, because his prediction has come true. Our portside wind generator is broken.

The portside wind generator started "braking" for no apparent reason when we left Key West 12 days ago, but I suspected it was because our house bank of batteries was just fully charged and the generators don't supply a charge when the voltage is at an acceptable level. Then, over the weekend, when winds were blowing continually at 30 miles per hour, and the voltage had dropped on the house bank because we were running the water maker, the port side wind generator continued to "brake" unnecessarily and then ceased to run at all. Boo.

Southwest Windpower has just been bought by Primus Wind Energy. This took place in January. Our wind generators are under a three-year warranty, but it will be interesting to see how this process will go. I called them yesterday, but realized they were probably closed due to the holiday. (President's Day, in case you missed it.)

I did call Dave Ludwig from Bloch Marine back in St. Louis. Dave did the installation, and I had a question regarding the method we used to plug in the generators to the six-gauge wire that he ran to the control panel. The wind generators were installed in such a way that replacing them, or taking them down for service, would be an easy operation. What won't be easy is shipping them off to Colorado to have them "inspected" before the warranty is honored. I'll keep you posted as to how this transpires.

I've mentioned the bad weather we've been having. The temperatures have been only as high as 55 degrees during the day at times, and we've had plenty of rain. Yes, my repair of the water leak on the bridge has been successful. The view in the photo above is looking to the south towards Looe Key. Little Palm Island is the land mass on the left. We are well at anchor in Newfound Harbor and have been here in the same spot going on five days now.

The days are lazy ones. We've been reading a lot, and Holly has been getting her share of naps in, too. Rosie is keeping the decks mopped, and the rain has washed most of the salt off of Swing Set. I've done some minor chores and even some sewing, but otherwise any other service that the boat needs will have to be done where I can take used oil, engine coolant and diesel fuel. So, basically I'm resting on my laurels due to my status of having solved our rainwater leak. I'll milk it.

We have also started playing gin rummy, a card game we used to play quite a bit years ago but had lost interest. We found some interesting new rules to play by, and since we've been cooped up inside, we are enjoying it again.

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