Series Fuses for Solar Panels
Constant high current melts solder.
Use ATC fuse - Radio Shack has good 30 amp Water Resistant holders
Alternator with Temp Sensor
75amp Alternator needs external cooling - Use Atwood Turbo Blower with a Hose
running to cool/dry spot in bilge
Alarm still goes off at startup and when running windlass
Zippers - One of the most frequent maintenance items.
Clean frequently McNett Zip-Care and Aqua Seal Zip Tech
If frozen, soak in Boeshield T-9 and then work free carefully, clean corroded
area of zipper with brush
Happens on expensive water proof clothing and raincoats that are stored for a
Light rain coats, back packs and bags mildew and you can't get the stains out.
Opening Ports craze after two years even under 70% shade fabric
and using 303 Aerospace Protectant
Airtight Containers (bought online .. wouldn't seal)
Bugs will get in if not 100% air tight. O-ring Seals are best
Two Way Handheld Radios
Don't work well if there is any wind-have a backup plan for communication.
Hand signals for anchoring during day
Light signals for hauling anchor at night
Light signals for motoring to relieve strain on anchor
Nordic makes a small
penlight with a movable lens that converts the light from white to red easily.
in Foam for Extra Refrigerator Insulation
The previous owner sprayed in foam but forgot to take into account the
expansion, so we no longer have a square box. I kept threatening to redo the
insulation but it is a messy job and good insulating materials are hard to come
buy. Check the effectiveness of the box first thing, Redo it if not excellent or
else you will be playing catch up your entire cruise.
We DID use a thick closed cell foam mat to line the inside of the fridge and
cover the top open (like a second hatch) which seems to help a lot.
Webbing Bought Outside the States
Everyone says its nylon but it turns to powder VERY quickly in sunlight- bring
Wind generator on neighbors boats
They might put out a little more power than the Rutland 913 but I can't stand
having neighbors with Air-X wind generators. It sounds like you are anchored
next to a helicopter launch pad. In Bum's bay in Australia we had five
surrounding us.. uggh!!