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27 August 2011 | Point Hudson, WA
Rick 55,872
Here's the 'Hybrid Solar/Wind' kit that will supply the majority of power to my two SeaGel Group 4D, 183 Ah batteries onboard JUNESSA.
I ordered the kit from emarine

The only problem with adding more electrical stuff, is drilling more holes in the deck to run all the wiring to the controller and batteries. I also have to find some real-estate down below deck for the monster dual controller... The Airbreeze wind-gen and two 65watt Solar panels (on the stern-rail) and two 35watt solar panels (on the hard dodger) should provide PLENTY of power for my little boat.

I've tried to make the boat as energy efficient by changing all the old energy-hog incandescent lights to efficient LEDs. I decided to stay away from refrigeration and water-maker, that really eat up the power... I do have some energy-hogs onboard: Autopilot, SSB/Pactor, Forced Air Heater and Chartplotter/Radar/sailing instruments so, I'll have to monitor my usage while sailing.

These two LED lights are awesome!!! They use almost zero energy!!


Here's the white and red LED lights showing the energy used... zero and .1amp!

Here's the white and red OLD ENERGY HOG Incandescent lights... .8amps!!

The LAST big purchase for JUNESSA would have to be a windvane for open-ocean cruising. I always cringe when I see how much these simple but vital systems cost... almost 6 BOAT BUCKS!!! OUCH!

Vessel Name: JUNESSA
Vessel Make/Model: 28' Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC)
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: Rick Peterson
About: JUNESSA has a few new crew members! My lovely wife, Terri, who is eager to go cruising as a family! Taylor, our teenager, and Jenna our youngest and Pixie the wonder dog.
This is my very first boat!!!! Nothing like starting out with the best Blue Water Cruiser money can buy! The BCC was designed by Lyle Hess and made famous by Lin & Larry Pardey as they documented in books, videos and dvd's their sailing adventures on board their homebuilt BCC 'Taleisin'. My [...]
JUNESSA's Photos - (Main)
Working and Playing on the Big Island of Hawaii ALOHA!
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Created 20 January 2009
Working on bottom and interior.
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Created 9 January 2009
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Created 12 April 2007
Here's a few shots of prepping the boat for the long ride NORTH to Gig Harbor, Wa. It took about 5 hours to prep and load her up.
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Created 8 April 2007
Here's a few shots of my 1985 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) built in Vancouver, BC. She's a full keel fiberglass hull with teak and mahogany wood throughout. She's powered by a Volvo 28hp diesel.
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Created 7 April 2007
I had a great day learning how to sail my BCC. The learning curve was a little steeper than I had anticipated. The day ended pretty crappy... I couldn't get the engine out of gear and I plowed into the back side of a large powerboat in the slip next to me. OUCH!
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Created 7 April 2007
This was the first day on board Junessa. I looked in every corner on board and climbed to the top of the mast! I had Chinese food and Corona Beer then feel asleep to some beautiful candle light and music.
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Created 4 April 2007
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