Crazy Woman Boat Driver
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Windward Islands Caribbean
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Re: Caribbean, What works and doesn't
I agree about a good discussion. I try to provide one when I post. I or anyone here offering advise is doing that, "Offering Advice". Nothing is in concrete or the exact way of doing things. Everyone out here sails their boat differently. My only goal is to offer a BUFFET of ideas that readers can pick and choose from to see what works for them, their boat and their crew. Keep it up boys and girls. I always learn from others. I am just an average sailor that is bless to be able to do what I do.
On the subject of my Rock Star Honda.. I know there is a current thread out there on this subject but here is my one penny worth.. When I built this boat 5 years ago a diesel generator was going to cost between 15-20k depending on which model I choose. I love Northern Lights.. but expensive. I had this Honda generator on my previous boat and it worked great. I paid $850 for it new in 2008. I can buy about 18 new Honda's for the price on one diesel generator. So I used that money I would have spent on other needier items to go cruising. I use the Honda only at anchor and usually when we are here for more than a few days. My solar panels amperage is about 40 amp hours short in a 24 hour period while at anchor. If sailing we are about 120 amp hours short. That is on a good sunny day. So best I can do is about 2.5 days on just solar before I need to charge the batteries. However on this boat we are princess. We love coffee and toast in the morning, hot croissants and hot shower in the evening. We also use it for the microwave and rare occasion air conditioning during dinner time. So when I get up I start the Honda to make coffee and toast and charge the batteries for about an hour or two depending on our needs. I need to make hot water every other day and that takes about 20 mins. Now lets talk about our other Rock Star the 9/18gal an hour watermaker.. It runs off of 12Vdc. I run that every third day or so. I can run it off the solar, engine or Honda. Dealers choice depending on what we are doing that day. Furthermore every now and than I need to break out a power tool and the Honda works great here too.
Managing power can be an art form on a boat. I would rather run the Honda any day vs running the engine to just charge the batteries or make hot water. The Honda does that well enough. I do have a small inverted (600 watts) to power/charge small devices and TV at night if we want. Most important it powers my guitar amp so I can jam and terrorize the anchorage. It also keeps the boats from anchoring too close to me. Trust me,, nails on a chalkboard sounds better than how I play.
I am not sure if I am going to upgrade my solar panels or put a wind generator on. My cruising days are getting numbered due to health concerns. So might not be worth it especially if this is my last season. Time will tell.
On the subject of dinghy carriage.. I was not clear on that. I almost always carry it on the foredeck when ocean sailing. I use the back dinghy davits to lift it out of the water at night. The one time I didn't I sheered a transom bolt. My bad. The other time, I got severely wake (rolled the boat almost rail to rail in the water) by a tourist boat and Bertram fishing boat in a anchorage with dinghy and motor on. Bent a support bar. Probably also weakened said transom bolt.
Weather - Wind Gods hate me.. I know that is a cliche but I have proven that true over 35 years plus sailing. They are just plain are mean (bastards). I have tried everything to appease the Wind Gods; rum, good rum whiskey,great whiskey, bourbon, beer, champagne, Bahama Mamma craved out of dead wood, Evil eyes, and even hired a witch doctor in DR. Nothing has worked so far. I have many choice words for the little sh.... ts.
and always chase sunsets and sunrises. God does amazing stuff with just one light bulb in the sky.
Catalina 445, Hull #90
Last edited by Melrna; 03-03-2019 at 09:37 PM.