Excerpt from the log of Pelago
is an excerpt from our journal re: Log of sailing vessel Pelago
it about the equip that we have on board...
3Rd edition of "what worked and what did not"
did have one problem with the Southwest Wind Power generator,
regulator board died, but have heard reports that after three
the board would die, and ours died just about three years after
installed it. I contacted them
via digital radio e-mail and received
very prompt reply. Since we are
still under warranty they told
to send the unit in and they would completely rebuild, and upgrade
the 400 watt unit and give us basically a new unit for only $85.00.
what a deal.... The only fly in
the ointment was that we can
ship from here (at least we can not do it cheap, shipping in and
of the Bahamas is quite a expensive deal, and is rather prohibited)
relayed that to the folks at Southwest Wind Power and they said to
the e-mail on file and include it with the unit when we returned
the USA and they would give us the same deal when we return.
a service orientated company. PUR
watermakers should take lessons!!!
the actual performance of the unit is excellent.
We have gone up
five days without having to charge with the diesel.
can not say enough about this unit. Last
year we had the dismal
with the Pur 40-E, and this is completely different.
of fresh water per hour. There
are times when you have to
the diesel, and when the diesel is on the watermaker is on.
great unit. Highly recommend it.
It is very quiet and performs as
In fact when we first installed it and turned it on I had
put my hand on the motor to make sure that the thing was on!
gauge wire directly from the house batteries to the unit (less of a
drop) and fused it at the unit. real
gauge battery cable
upgraded our battery cables to OO gauge anchor tinned wire.
difference. No voltage drop,
quick charge and much more efficient.
POWERLINE 100 AMP ALTERNATOR AND THREE STAGE REGULATOR
simple installation, and it performs as advertised, builds up a
charge and then goes to float mode. It
also has the advantage that
can allow you to equalize your batteries (batteries will sulfate,
is get cruddy and you can boost them to 18 volts and desulfate)
is a big advantage for the cruiser because if you have low voltage,
WILL NOT BE HAPPY!!!
9Ft CARIB Hard bottom dink/MERCURY 15 HP
upgraded to a new dink this year. It
is a hard bottomed 9ft Carib
a 15 hp Merc outboard. Gotta tell
ya, the first time it went on
it scared the crap outta me.... Never went that fast in a dink
also added the plane fins to the outboard and as soon
you hit the throttle you are on a plane...
Makes for quick trips
around the anchorage, can carry a lot of cargo and makes it so much
to go diving for lobster (and we are getting them!!!!!)
dink worked but this one is far superior.
MARS (MILITARY AFFILIATED RADIO SYSTEMS)
had a problem with our US Customs entry decal (paid for it, but
got it) Using this communications
system, we were able to contact
Customs and get the information that we needed.
The whole evolution
18 hours. That is we initiated a
message to US Customs, sent it
high frequency radio and had a reply all in less than 18 hours.
south of the tropic of cancer that aint't bad!!!
BARBER REFRIGERATION WITH THE NEW DIGITAL CONTROL SYSTEM..
installed a new Adler Barber refrigeration system.
The unit works
well and freezes ice cubes in four hours.
The digital control
you to monitor the whole system. There
is a digital readout of
actual temperature in the box and it has many useful features.
a problem developed. The digital
control produces RFI (radio
interference) This is simply not
acceptable. I contacted
and Adler Barber via digital e-mail. Received
a prompt reply
they indicated that there were engineering problems with their system,
they told us they would exchange our control head for a correct one
we return to the usa. Just have
to live with it until then.
STATPOWER 1000 WATT INVERTER
system, had to add a transfer switch so that when the inverter turns
it automatically goes to the ac panel. It
is very quiet makes 110 VAC
does not interfere with the single sideband radio like most of the
inverters do. Most of them make
so much trash noise that the
radios are useless, this inverter makes absolutely no noise and
quite well. Keeps all of our
various batteries charged up and
all the computers. Good solid
installed the JRC 1000 radar and I can not see how we have done all
the nightime crossing without it. These
oceans and sounds here get
damned dark at night. The radar
changes all of that. When
is a non changing bearing, but decreasing distance at night, the
gives you enough information to stay safe and out of harms way.
battery usage is minimal, and the safety factor is tremendous.
have talked about anchors before, so this might be a rehash.
has to hold or you are screwed. One
thing we have done is increase
chain rode, much better than before. and in fact I think that we will
it to a full 100ft of chain per anchor. We
carry four; 35 delta,
delta, and two 25lb danforths. Forget
the Bruce, they drag here, and
do not hold. All of the boats
that we have seen drag have used
Bruce. While we were anchored at
Normans Cay we went through quite
blow and we held on the delta. Wind
gusts to fifty knots and steady
knots for 24 hours. At the same
time there were two Bahamian vessels
both were mailboats and one went on the rocks at ship channel cay
the other foundered on the banks and was sunk. (Bob, are you listening?)
COMMUNICATIONS EQUIP/ALL ICOM
pleased with the new Icom vhf, we replaced our Uniden with the
Icom M-59, nice radio with good guarantee.
Of course we still use
Icom 706 and the Icom tuner with 100% backup capability as we
spares. HF/Ham/Marine ssb kind of
important out here and the Icom
Nav Add 6000 with the new "NT" chart chips,
whole lot more
than the "c" map, in fact they are the same charts as in the
kits and noaa charts, and hooked to the auto pilot it
quite well. This year we have the
Furino GPS system, much
and much quicker than the Interphase technologies that we have also.
ENTERTAINMENT/COMPUTERS AND SUCH
decided against a combo vcr/tv that are so common, reason for this is
the vcr dies before the tv does. We
have a new color tv in its own
cabinet and a separate vcp in its own cabinet and are very
The antenna for the tv is the little West Marine ant that
on the same arch as the radar and wind generator.
works good. Still sort of behind
the power curve on the computers
is being worked up on a Compaq 433c lite/486 laptop.
and more memory, especially since we have a new digital cam corder
work on the photos from the camera with the computer.
left we bought a new cam order and it has a whole lot of bells and
that we still have not used, but hope to edit the ten hours
video in to a nice 2 hour tape, gonna
do that at home this computer
not handle the required software.
all for this edition
and tammy at anchor georgetwon, exumas, bahamas