Voyages

These are the voyages of the sailing vessel, Wings.

19 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui
17 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui
15 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui
14 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui
12 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea
11 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui, Bungalow C
10 May 2018 | San Francisco International Airport Terminal 2
07 May 2018 | Anchorage, AK
19 April 2018 | Anchorage, AK
06 July 2017 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea
04 July 2017 | Apooiti Bay
01 July 2017 | Tapuamu and Ha'amene
27 June 2017 | Bora Bora Yacht Club
23 June 2017 | Bora Bora
21 June 2017 | Bora Bora
19 June 2017 | Hurepiti Bay
10 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
09 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
08 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia
06 June 2017 | Fare Lagoon, Huahine, French Polynesia

Our First Day

12 May 2018 | Pension Tiare Nui, Raiatea
Tired Bill
We were both exhausted, even after extended naps yesterday. Conni had prepared our first evening appetizer spread, with Hinano beer as the centerpiece, and luscious French cheese and baguette. We get the same cheeses, but these were so much superior: I think that it's the Pasteurization. At any rate, we were asleep pretty early.

We arrived at the yard at 0830, and started immediately to work. I worked on the propeller lubrication and Conni worked on cleaning the stainless tubing in the cockpit. With that clean, we could mount the two solar panels and get them out of belowdecks.

She got the tubing clean with her Flitz, and we got the panels mounted, and I connected the wiring for a first test. Smoke billowed from below the cockpit: thick, acrid electrical fire smoke. We quickly disconnected all electrical fees: AC and the panels. Conni grabbed a fire extinguisher.

The solar charge controller had failed and burned, almost to a crisp. Damn! For readers in the know, I have been using the panels in series since I installed them. The power from the panels is sent to a device that uses a process called Maximum Power Point Tracking, a process that maximizes current to the batteries regardless of other factors. It increases the usefulness of the panel output about 30%, or so the story goes. This device is the second, since the first also failed. It's just the wrong environment for it, I'm sure. The maximum voltage that could be available to the MPPT is when the panels are wired in series, so it's not that, although the wires are clearly marked and I've used the system for 5 years now. When I broke into the device, all the main wires were fine other than the panel positive: it was melted. With the panels in bright sun, they were "hot" and there must have been corrosion between the wires and the terminal in the device, and that converted the electrical energy into thermal energy and toasted the damned MPPT.

After working a few more hours, we quit and made a necessary shopping trip and got some local currency.

Back at the Pension, I spent several hours working on a replacement, but shipping and time are my enemies. I can probably jury rig something, but I'm not happy about it. We'll need those panels!

Tomorrow, another day of work, with more to show for it, I hope. It's always something.

Oh, yeah...happy birthday, Mother! 92 years have been good to you. I love you, we love you. And happy Mother's Day tomorrow!
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Vessel Name: Wings
Vessel Make/Model: Passport 40
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: William Ennis and Conni Livsey
About: We've been married since 1991, and both retired from our respective jobs (teacher and attorney) after long careers. We live in the most exotic of the United States: Alaska. We cruise on Wings for half the year, enjoying our home state the other part of the year.
Extra:
We've sailed Wings South from Alaska since August, 2010. We joined the BajaHaha from SoCal to Mexico in 2012. We joined the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2013 and crossed the Pacific Ocean. Wings "over-summered" in French Polynesia. We continued our journey through western French Polynesia, Rarotonga [...]
Home Page: http://svwings.com
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