Life At The Dockphoto is the original diesel duck -- see story below
01/19/2012, Spud Point Marina, Bodega Bay CA
So, what's been happening on the good ship DavidEllis? Things are falling apart; that's what's happening! Right before Christmas the isolation transformer (where the electrical shorepower enters the boat) shorted itself and a week later the inverter-charger (which takes shorepower or generator AC and charges the boat's battery banks - that's the charger side; also turns battery DC into outlet AC via the inverter) fried. Boat electricity at this point amounts to the shorepower cord acting like an extension cord to run a portable multi-stage battery charger and we function as we would 'on the hook' (at anchor) mainly on DC (battery) power. The one major inconvenience is the lack of hot water (which we usually heat by a loop of engine coolant when we're underway) or by running the generator to provide AC power and heat the water (as you would at home with a conventional electric water heater). Can't do that now though, as all our AC outlets run through the inverter-charger which, as noted above, is fried. So Dot heats water on our propane cook stove - kinda like camping. And we have small inverters which handle small AC loads like electronics and phone chargers.
This is not what we meant by "Semper Gumbi"11/26/2011
Check the link below; apparantly someone attempted a 7-11 211PC (armed robbery) dressed in a Gumbi suit..... sigh
Things & Stuff11/26/2011
We've just returned from a whirlwind driving trip to Seattle for the annual workboat show. This is a boat show for tugs, fishboats, charter boats and such - boats very similar in size to ours, with much of the same equipment aboard. It's a chance to talk to engineers and technicians who build and service the stuff we have; to see what's new, and what might help solve this or that nagging little issue we have with the boat.