While here I’ve added the second fan to our kitchen porthole vent system. This helps to control the humidity in the boat. We found it also helps to leave them on all night. These are very quiet computer fans, drawing little power.
The relatively new iPad mount for the helm station just wasn’t cutting it. It was so articulated that the vibration and motion of the boat under way caused things to move. I found a fix, and after a bit of drilling and simplifying, it now holds steady. (I won’t be able to return it.)
One thing I looked forward to testing was the output of the solar power system. The sun is getting higher in the sky each day, but nothing like in the Sumer. Would the March sun provide enough power to keep everything running? It’s been cloudless these three days, but cold at night, so we’ve used the heater to stay warm and it’s a power hungry device. Luckily, I found the solar output has been strong enough (and long enough) to charge the batteries before sunset every day.
There are other systems, little used during the winter, that we were able to check for operation, like the VHF radio, auto-pilot, instruments and anchor light. Everything is working well. Although more shake down trips are in order, I’m thinking we’ll now find any and every excuse to get off the dock.
Warmer weather, a boat to sail, and someone to share it with.