Dulcita’s Solar Panel, Battery & Bilge Pump
14 December 2017 | Rio Dulce, Guatemala
Susan / hot, humid 85 degrees F
Today is the last day of a nice, if short, dry stretch. Tonight rain & thundershowers return for the next 5 days or so. As a result, it’s a flurry of activity to take advantage of this clear blue, hot & sunny day.
Dulcita is now left at one of the marina’s dinghy docks rather than lifting her nightly on the davits, so one critical to-do is to install & power a bilge pump. If she gets too much water in her, not being an inflatable, she can sink. Jerry installs a small solar panel, small AGM battery, charge controller, and an automatic bilge pump. This should keep her relatively dry and, most importantly, floating during the expected heavy rains.
Laundry, final sanding & vanishing of Dulcita’s false floor, sewing & installing gas tank straps to keep it from pummeling the new bilge pump while underway, and others tasks quickly fill the rest of the day. By 4:40pm, we’re stowing tools, taking out garbage, making sure hatches are closed, and doing final pre-happy hour activities. It’s been a busy productive day.