Cool your beer with sunlight
11 July 2014
Saturday 12 July 2014: Cool your beer with sunlight
Think about it: the boat electrics (from fridge to navigation equipment, from ipads and phones to TV-screen) running solely on solar energy (once it all works properly). Combined with a good battery monitoring system, Clio will be pretty much off-the-grid self-sufficient with respect to electricity. No more having to get into marina's or run the engine for three hours a day to fully charge the batteries (we hope). It will be rewarding to see the lust for energy of our electricity-gobbling fridge tamed by a solar panel (even if we don't have any money left to put anything in it).
Although the Robinson boys have left it to the last minute, the work they delivered in the just-in-time fashion so often encountered in marine jobs, looks as good as it gets. Unfortunately, that leaves Alaattin (the last living person able to repair electronics instead of replacing it, remember?) with very little time to complete his job of connecting and checking the panels (see photo). Looking at the photos, all wiring is put neatly inside the arch's stainless steel tubing and is well protected against the sun's UV and mechanical stresses. Güçlü's email last night (Friday 20:30 local time) with new photos (see the photo gallery), reported that Alaattin was still busy getting it to work. Today (Saturday) the charter starts, so it must have been a very busy day for the whole Irmak team to get Clio ready, including carting off our containers.
With Güçlü's invaluable feedback on progress we are much more at ease with what is happening, and even enjoying it. It is a BIG improvement over some past experience where we felt that we were interfering when asking for a progress report on agreed work. This did not stop us from persevering, but it did not help the relationship from 20,000 km away. Thanks Güçlü and Irmak for putting in the extra effort to keep us informed and involved, we very much appreciate it.