Diesel Duck

26 July 2013 | On board Diesel Duck
26 July 2013 | Leamington, Canada
25 April 2013 | Florida
26 March 2013 | Florida
27 February 2013 | Stuart, Florida
10 February 2013 | Beautiful Florida
24 January 2013 | Key West, Florida
26 December 2012 | Miami Beach
07 December 2012 | Miami Beach
27 November 2012 | Stuart, Florida
15 November 2012 | Wrightville Beach, NC
05 November 2012 | Chesapeake City, MD
01 November 2012 | New York, NY
30 October 2012 | Half Moon Bay Marina
29 October 2012 | Croton-on-Hudson, NY
23 October 2012 | The New York State Canal System
14 August 2012 | Leamington, Canada
20 June 2012 | Leamington, Ontario
20 June 2012 | Leamington, Ontario
13 May 2012 | In the Erie Canal System

The batteries died in Martinique

21 October 2009 | Le Marin, Martinique
After DD had taken on some diesel to fill her belly in Porlamar, Venezuela, it was time to work her way up to St. Thomas and see Island Marine Outfitters, who were holding a new set of deep cycle batteries for us to fix the house bank. To get to Grenada, our first waypoint, we would be beating into a 15 to 20 knot NE wind. Therefore we decided to do a dog leg via a waypoint close to Trinidad and using the windless night lee along Venezuela's coast. This would take us along pirate alley, but the dangerous stretch would be done in night hours with the running lights switched off. We left on the 13th Oct. 2009 and encountered no problems toward Trinidad, then changed the course to Grenada and passing it in the afternoon of the 14th Oct. while we kept going to Carriacou for a pit stop of only a few days. When we reached Martinique on the 20th Oct. the 12 Volt house bank was totally shot and had stopped working. The batteries would not hold any charge. This was bad, since Marlene had stocked up the freezer in Argentina and Uruguay with a good load of beef. While we were motoring with the main engine, the alternator had kept everything alive with 12 Volts. Then, when under anchor the solar panels were holding the 12 Volt up during the day light, but came darkness, we had to start the diesel generator and let it run all night. Good grief, this ruckus was nagging on our beauty sleep. There was no time to loose, but to head right away for St. Thomas to fix our battery problem and settle down for some serious R and R.
Vessel Name: Diesel Duck
Vessel Make/Model: Diesel Duck 41' - Aluminum
Hailing Port: Toronto, Canada
Crew: Marlene and Benno Klopfer (Photo by Marcie Lynn, Puerto Montt, Chile)
The kid, Dominik, is grown, married to Maryann and they have three kids Heidi + Annaliese + Hans, on their own. We are on the loose. Sold the condo and retired. Benno from an engineering profession and Marlene from a business administrator job. [...]
SSCA Members Diesel Duck is designed by George Buehler and is a long range, sail assisted Troller Yacht. Main engine: Perkins M80T, 4 cyl. 78 hp Generator: 5 KW - 115/230Volt - 3 cyl. - Northern Lights diesel Fuel: 3000 liter diesel Water: 800 liter Additional equipments: 3 burner gas [...]
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Cruising on a Troller Yacht

Who: Marlene and Benno Klopfer (Photo by Marcie Lynn, Puerto Montt, Chile)
Port: Toronto, Canada