Go With The Flow...
10 December 2018
A change to the end of my last post....
We are still here in Mazatlán!
Just as we were ready to cast off the lines, David started the engine and realized that the alternator was not working. In addition, the engine took several tries to turn over.
With the alternator not working, the batteries will not charge; Without charged batteries...no GPS, radar, navigation lights, watermaker...Oh No! We do have two solar panels; however, the sun's angle this time of year is so low, the panels are not working as good as they should.
David (Macgyver) spent most of yesterday trying to determine the cause of this alternator failure and then find a solution. He even went so far as to change the alternator. We had a spare alternator on board that Beta had given us due to issues with needing an alternator to accommodate an external regulator. David thinks herein lies the problem. This new alternator is most likely not configured for an external regulator.
We might be in Mazatlán for a while, getting this resolved...a lesson in flexibility and patience for me. I was ready and excited to move on to points south to continue our adventure. Yesterday, my mantra to myself was "go with the flow". We are here at a nice Marina in Mazatlán!
I want to be of help to fix this problem. However, with Pinocchio being so small, the best way I can help with this is stay out of the way! Engine parts and tools covered the settee, nav station, galley countertops. Best I leave...go to pool, hang out with my Iguana friends; phone nearby if he really does need my helping hand.