Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

19 January 2018 | Virginia Key, Florida
18 January 2018 | Miami. Marine Stadium anchorage
17 January 2018 | Miami
16 January 2018 | Lake Santa Barbara near Sea Ranch Lakes, FL
15 January 2018 | Munyon Island near North Palm Beach
13 January 2018 | Vero Beach
11 January 2018 | Vero Beach
09 January 2018 | Clearwater, FL
08 January 2018 | Lakeland, FL
07 January 2018 | Vero Beach City Marina
06 January 2018 | Indialantic, FL. Across from Melbourne
05 January 2018 | Titusville
04 January 2018 | Titusville - Cocoa - West Marine
03 January 2018 | Titusville Marina
02 January 2018 | Titusville
01 January 2018 | Titusville Marina
31 December 2017 | Titusville Marina
29 December 2017 | Flying back to Titusville
22 December 2017 | Hanover Park, IL
21 December 2017 | Titusville Municipal Marina

Sunday afternoon racing. Solar woes.

17 December 2017 | Indialantic
Sunny and warm with a light south breeze
Lazy day after Paradise Hunter left for Vero Beach. Hopefully, it won’t be as long this time before I see them again. My current book is A Sail of Two Idiots.

Many day sailors were out this afternoon racing around the buoys. There is a steady stream of southbound sailboats, but it has been awhile since I saw a fleet of boats sailing. Not since Annapolis.

I liked how the solar panel wiring was tidied up on Paradise Hunter, so I implemented that tonight on my boat. What to do with all excess wiring has been an ongoing issue for me. I think I finally have a solution.

I was disappointed I didn’t do more to get Paradise Hunter solar working. The wires leading into the controller were reversed (positive wire connected to negative post of the controller), so we fixed that. I’m comfortable doing some things on my boat, and I installed my solar, but messing around on someone else’s boat after they paid thousands of dollars to have something installed is beyond my comfort level. Even though I have seen enough botched jobs, such as the example above, I still give ‘professionals’ too much credit. And they botched the Paradise Hunter install (probably because it ended up being rushed at the end due to the yard incompetence), or didn’t correct the manufacturing issue. Even on mine, I noticed one of the wires was labeled incorrectly. So it happens. But there are sailors like my brother Mark and Keith and some blog followers who could very well work in any boatyard and do a better job. So Keith dove in, got in the dinghy while it was on the davits (which I also didn’t want to do - how could those wires also be connected wrong?) and started following the wires. Solar is not hard - positive to positive, negative to negative. The mismatch was straightened out and now they have solar at long last. Christmas came early for Roger. And Tari still wants to know how come their every installation always seems to be botched? She’s noticed that incompetence does not come cheap.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
Traveling down the Chesapeake and the East Coast
53 Photos
Created 11 September 2017
Erie Canal and Hudson River
33 Photos
Created 18 August 2017
Great Lakes part of the journey.
45 Photos
Created 15 July 2017
Boat prep and races prior to departure
12 Photos
Created 14 June 2017