Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: NE & Windwards
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Re: Caribbean, What works and doesn't
Put in the 8kw Northern Lights as got an exceptionally good deal for it. 9k including installation. Ran the boat back and forth without a genset for a couple of years. Not an issue in Carib as solar and wind sufficed but not adequate wind in NE USA.
Wind generates 24/7. Solar only during the day. Actually get more watts out of solar when up north given the longer summer days.
A C isnít necessary in the tropics due to the wind but itís sure nice to escape the humidity and dry out the boat on occasion.
Genset goes on with ac, Watermaker, vacuum cleaner and water heater. It goes on when we want one of those and in order to get a load on it so does the other stuff.
Iím a big fan of the two D400s I have. No maintenance. Charge during the night. Finishes the last few % to get the lifelines to 100% and keep sulfanation away.
Inspite of having Ssb,gribs, chris and passage weather still a big fan of my Meteoman. Recording barometers tells you wants going on where you are immediately. Gribs can be quite misleading. Even the 500mb can be more accurate.
People forget they are the product of a computer program. When looking good to get two ways the numbers are crunched. Nam/gfs/wrk whatever. All too often have been in 30s when thereís one vane on the arrow.
For folks doing their first major excursion also remember compression zones and itís the waves that kill you not the wind. So 20-30 for a day is less troublesome than high teens for a week.
Going to Rodney bay on Wednesday to buddy boat with a friend has heís having boat troubles.