Thursday, February 26, 2015

Waiting for Spring

It is hard to believe that we plan to have Breeze On back in the water in a mere two months. The creek is frozen solid, as is the Choptank River and much of the Chesapeake Bay. It has been quite a winter. I shouldn't complain, it has been much easier for us than it has for those in the Northeast.

The view from our deck this morning.

 

Mom admiring the same view last June.

In the meantime, we are still working on the solar panels and other winter projects.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Solar Panels: step one, figuring them out

We have been working on our list of winter projects while we are not sailing. One of the more complicated items on the list is figuring out the solar panels. We have to figure out how much power we need, which solar panels to buy, what equipment we need to go with them and where and how to attach them. George spent a few weeks investigating how much power we need. He listed all the items on the boat that draw power, how many amps each item used per hour then estimated how hours a day each item was on. He totaled them up and came up with 150 amps while sailing and anchoring and 218 amps when sailing 24 hours a day. We don't currently have a monitor to tell us what we actually draw so these numbers are just estimates.

I have been practically no help with this project because I have had a mental block against all things electrical. No matter how many times it has been explained to me, I haven't been able to understand it. Until this week, that is. A member of the fantastic Facebook group, Women Who Sail, asked a question about electricity on a boat. Holly Scott, another member of the group and owner of Charlie's Charts www.charliescharts.com, wrote a very simple explanation in response. I finally understood. Holly gave me permission to publish her explanation here.