Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dar es Salaam Tanzania
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thanks for info on solar
yeah, my lectric needs are low since I have almost zero systems- no pressurized water, frig, radar, etc. We mostly go off for one-two nights to local islands so need running/anchor lights, depthsounder, & VHF (although I keep a handheld charged.) Have a 140 watt BP panel but it doesn't seem to be putting out more than 6v according to the local Masai fundi (workman.) Hope I don't have to buy another one, have already bought two regulators since the first one didn't work and you can't get your money back on stuff which is mostly poor quality.
I've sailed on other people's boats to Zanzibar, and up towards the Kenyan border, but am still getting my boat solid enough to do longer distances (e.g. repacking spreader roots, re-doing forestay, replacing rope lifelines, etc.)
It's challenging cause although there is plenty of cheap labor here, it's also pretty unskilled. Luckily we have a few liveaboards here coming from all over and they are a fount of info although not available at 11pm when I am pondering stuff.
I look forward to reading more info but the rain has stopped and now the sun is setting over the harbor full of dhows. Can't believe I get to live here!