we always want more of it. In any kind of form, style or age. I wanted more power for my Lego when I was young, more power for my old Nissan beat up car when I was teenager, more hair growing power right now, and hopefully not : sex power when older!
It is what it is, we want more. In a house, we can connect whatever we want and get the power we want. On a boat, as amongst other things, we have to manage our power. It goes fast and we can’t get crazy about it. Just cold beer for 20min a day can cost you 23h40min of compromise down the road. But hey some things are worth it, other doesn’t (Do a woman really need an air dryer?).
There is 4 deep cycle battery 6V, and 1 cranking battery for the engine. This is quite a huge bank for me as I am use to 1 single battery on the Contessa 26 for everything while living on it! With the fridge, computer, lights and musics I am just even on it. Sun is needed or after 2 or 3 days of clouds I’m losing my mojo! (I use a 75W solar panel that I can move around the boat (Not mounted) to have full power all day long.)
Ok I’ve got lost in all this power thing, I was going to talk about one single thing: The Inverter. I have a Xantrex Freedom Marine 30/3000 Watts Inverter, it’s a great piece of equipment and I love it! Yes you may say : “Hey that’s a few thousand dollars, I won’t spend this amount of money on this”, and you know what? I totally agree. I got mine for free, dumpster diving. Why it was in the dumpster? A 5 cents fuse inside of it was broken, the guy throw it away. Easy fix, and I can now brag about owning one! Which open the subject of “Dumpster diving” but I will set this for another post.
Now I may got you curious and wondering what is so great about this piece of expensive technology? For a blender, mixer, TV or random girl needs? Nop, simple : Tools!!!! For the first time after cruising in so many years, I can use my Skill saw, grinder, drill and all kind of tools I want. When I really need power I crank that diesel up and start working.
Last time I was offshore a Stainless piece give up, usually I would curse the gods, drink some rum, get out the WD40 or Duct tape and figure out a way. This time, I got out my drill, the grinder and made a brand new piece at sea, permanent fix!
Sure it is luxury, and I wouldn’t spend that amount of money to get one, but I sure would keep my eyes open for a deal somewhere after having tasted it! So next time you pass by a dumpster in a Marina, keep your eyes open!
As a side note, Claudine, a woman(From Downtown Montréal) I’ve met some times ago decided that I was tolerable enough to come join me on the adventure. She will be moving in the 1 april (Nice april fool there), and you should see post of her appearing soon. A warm welcome from you guy’s will be appreciated. ;).