Bob, the tech from Electec, returned today. Dave and I found a replacement blade for the D400 wind generator at Island Water World and Bob was willing to go up in the Boson’s chair to install it.
Bob inspected the nose cone, which looked cracked. We did not find a replacement nose cone, but we were advised to try fixing it with PVC glue. So we also picked up some of the glue. Fortunately, Bob reported that the nose cone was not cracked but slit on purpose. Great news! Installing the blade was rather like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, but he removed the base of the broken blade and fitted in the new blade.
Dave removed the line restraining the blades from revolving and the wind generator spun just as silently as ever. There was the slightest wiggle in it, which Bob said was from the uneven wear from the new blade. However, it did not cause a vibration or rattle the bimini at all. All fixed! Yay! With all the wind we have been having, we should generate some good power at night when the solar isn’t at work.
OMG! It appears that we finally found someone who can fix our Spectra 400 Mk II watermaker. Bob had removed a pump (not the Clark pump and I can’t remember the name). Electec tested it and disassembled it in their office and found it had a lot of problems. A new one was ordered and arrived from California the next day. ONE DAY to Sint Maarten?! Amazing! Bob worked for a few hours reinstalling the pump, calibrating the watermaker, and generally working his magic. It sounds and operates like new now! It has never been this quiet and Bob adjusted the speed to make 15.2 gallons per hour. Maximum capacity is 16 gph, but it also draws more energy from the battery bank. Frankly, I’m happy with 14. Dang, I’m happy with 10. Just so it works. It will be amazing if the watermaker saga is truly over. Bob told us NOT to pickle it when we put the boat on the hard in Grenada. He said to definitely put it on a 5-day back wash cycle. This means the watermaker will run water through the system every 5 days from our fresh water tanks. This will require two things: power and water. The power should be covered with the solar, we just need to leave the watermaker powered up. Normally, you would empty your water tanks to keep algae from growing in them. Since we will need to leave our tanks full, I will treat the water with some Clorox bleach or something watermaker safe to inhibit growth. City water is treated with all types of such chemicals to inhibit bacteria, but RO (reverse osmosis) water is very pure, no chemicals at all. That is good for drinking if you use it right away, but bad for sitting. We are overjoyed to finally be making water! The lagoon water is nasty so we won’t make too much here, but we need to run it to make sure it is truly fixed.
A light shines on Livin’ Life today! I emailed a picture of our boat to Sheryl on Distant Shores and invited them over for drinks and for Dave to show them the IridiumGo, which they ordered and expected soon. They had plans for this evening, which they kindly invited us along to, and asked if they could come tomorrow evening. We declined this evening, not wanting to step on someone else’s visit, and set plans for tomorrow. Awesome!