Saturday, June 19, 2010

Good times

Things are falling in place onboard of the Condor now, I will have no energy problems the coming time I expect. We had the generator test running shortly, and it showed 185 amps on the monitor.. Still have to finnish installing regulator for generator, but it may work tomorrow. If ever the generator does not work the Mercedes OM636 engine now (35-42Hp) produces 75 amps (costing about 5Hp but I can switch it off when I need max Hp) so perfect back up to fill the 900amps of Trojans 6V cells, and always active the Rutland 913, about 4 amps at 4 bfrd, 185W solar power (possible 15 amps, now 10 max) and if that all is not enough I even have the tow generator making 6 amps at 6 knots boat speed. Last backup, 55amps red top starter battery, and if even more needed still on board a 1000W patrol generator (giving 8 amps 12V).

That all gives good feeling, all those backups, and new good batteries, batteries you can even abuse which will certenly happen.

But old batteries also gone, were in different place as new ones now. It makes building the 'living room' inside like 'I want to' now possible, verry very nice, nearing the way I think it might be perfect..

Still in devellopment stage, wiil finnish it in Curacao this sommer maybe.


I had nice 1.5m3 storage space in the middle of my boat, now 8 battries live there, a generator and some more electronics. Generator needs isolation, but I will have some storage space left I hope..
2nd hand Kubota diesel

Box with batteries (Trojans), inverter and charger


Diesel Ton

Friday, June 18, 2010

maybe thursday departure

Still have some work to do, so departure few days later

Sunday, June 13, 2010

new batteries.. 6 Trojans T105 (6V) = 675Amps 12V

Yes, very happy with finally good and sturdy batteries. Now 2 more day's of rebuilding and rewiring and then.. we will see. I'm in small harbour at Island Waterworld for a week to do the job with shore power, and wednesday I'll go through the bridge and anchor outside and test the systems for a few days and then move down south Sunday?

Hurricane Forecast 'below normal', but 'be prepared.'
(from )

Sea surface
from NASA’s
satellite -
key indicator' .

good news for sailors and landlubbers alike for this year's
Atlantic hurricane season. The season officially began on June 01,
and will last until November 30, and in spite of the good news,
authorities are being careful not to lull sailors and

communities into a false sense of security.

NASA uses its orbiting satellites to study and research tropical cyclones,
it will provide the data that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center uses in advanced
models and hurricane predictions.

So far, the news is good. The satellites, which measure such things
as storm and surface winds, sea-surface heights and temperatures,
intensity, lightning, water vapor, humidity, cloud development,
and atmospheric pressure, indicate that sea-surface temperatures
in the tropical Atlantic are below normal. Such lower-than-normal
temperatures could 'starve' developing hurricanes of their driving force
--waters warmer than 80 degrees F--meaning fewer hurricanes.

Despite the good news, peak hurricane season is not until late summer
early fall, and NASA's William Patzert says that oceanic and
atmospheric conditions can change dramatically. 'You can be clobbered
no matter what the expert outlook is today,' he says. “People need
remain prepared.”

NOAA agrees. No doubt not wanting to dissuade people from taking
possibility of hurricanes seriously, their forecasters are predicting
a 'near-normal' Atlantic hurricane season' is the most likely outcome

Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened
by Atlantic hurricanes,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said.
Timely and accurate warnings of severe weather help save lives and
. Public awareness and public preparedness are the best
defenses against a hurricane.”

In its initial outlook for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs
June through November, NOAA’s National Weather Service
Climate Prediction Center calls for a 50 percent probability of a
season, a 25 percent probability of an above-normal
and a 25 percent probability of a below-normal season.
Global weather patterns are imposing a greater uncertainty in the
2009 hurricane season outlook than in recent years. Forecasters
there is a 70 percent chance of having nine to 14 named storms,
of which four to seven could become hurricanes, including one to
major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5).

This outlook is a guide to the overall expected seasonal activity.
, the outlook is not just about the numbers, it’s also about
taking action,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane
at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Prepare for each
and every season regardless of the seasonal outlook. Even a near-
or below-normal season can produce landfalling hurricanes, and
only takes one landfalling storm to make it a bad season.”

by Nancy Knudsen Share 9:43 PM Thu 11 Jun 2009 GMT