Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

20 April 2018 | Titusville, FL mooring field
19 April 2018 | Cocoa, FL
17 April 2018 | Cocoa, FL
16 April 2018 | Melbourne, FL
15 April 2018 | Vero Beach - last night
13 April 2018 | Sea Ranch Lakes, FL
08 April 2018 | Lakeland, FL
05 April 2018 | Vero Beach, FL
04 April 2018 | Heading to Fort Pierce
03 April 2018 | Leaving Chub Cay
02 April 2018 | Chub Cay in the Berry Islands, Bahamas
01 April 2018 | West Bay near Nassau
31 March 2018 | West Bay, New Providence Island
29 March 2018 | Highbourne Cay
27 March 2018 | Warderick Cay
26 March 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay
25 March 2018 | Warderick Wells Cay
24 March 2018 | Big Majors Spot
23 March 2018 | Big Majors Spot
22 March 2018 | Big Majors Spot

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
1 Photo
Created 8 April 2018
31 Photos
Created 22 January 2018
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