Keith White has had a very productive week in Las Palmas. The main reason for stopping is that he was having problems with generating enough power to run the onboard systems. These include the hydraulic auto-pilot, GPS plotter, radar, lights and the water maker. Despite having solar panels and wind turbine, Keith was having to run the engine in neutral to generate enough power to keep the batteries topped up.
As you will know, Keith was sat in a high pressure system going no-where for days. And with the blistering sunshine, he should have been able to generate enough power from the his huge solar panels alone. (You can see the solar panels in the second photo’s below the radar dome and wind turbine). The good news is that the problem with the solar panel circuit was easily fixed by replacing one of the parts. Unfortunately when you are running a self funded project with a limited budget, it’s almost impossible to take a replacement for every single component on the boat. .And as we all know, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
With the solar power fixed, Keith went on to replace the 20 amp alternator for an 80 amp unit which will operate at a much lower RPM. Keith nearly ran out of diesel whilst running the engine to generate power. The diesel and the engine are his reserve for emergencies, so he needs to protect as much as that as possible.
So apart from a bit of maintenance to one of the halyard winches, Keith is now ready to go. We anticipate Keith will be leaving Las Palmas tomorrow (Monday 30th November). We will update you when he’s set off.
As the pressure is off this being a non-stop challenge, Keith will probably stop in Cape Town next to do some final checks and maintenance before finally taking on the might of Southern Oceans and the
Please keep your comments coming. He reads them all and they really do spur Keith on.