Solutions to new problem
15 February 2008 | ST Lucia
Sometimes fixing one problem only creates another. With the 12v fridge we now found that the 5 Amps/hr we pulled to cool our food would force us to run our engine nearly 5 hours a day to keep batteries charged. Diesel fuel here is 6$ a gallon and it didn't take a rocket scientist to see that it was going to cost a small fortune to keep our fridge running. So back to the chandlery & 30 minutes later I came away with a brand new wind generator. As with all boat projects the estimated 3 hours to install it became an all day affair. Friends dropped by to check on our progress and offer help and advice. By the end of the day after much grunting and a few cold beers the amps were flowing back into our batteries and we had ice forming in the freezer. I know "Big Deal!" but believe you me it is a big deal when getting ice can take two hours down here and food shopping easily occupies half a day.