Day 8: Volts and Amps

Air temp: 70 degrees
Humidity: 76% Barometer: 1019 mb and steady
Speed: 5 knots Course: 265 degrees magnetic
Distance Left to Hilo Hawaii: 1717 miles left
Point of Sail: Stbd. beam reach pointed torwards Hawaii
Wind speed: North 10 knots
Swells: From the North at 5-6 ft.
Camanoe’s fish count: Flying fish – 14 Squid – 5

Another wonderful day. It was spent reading and watching TV. I have finally started watching the show 24. A little slow going at first, but it’s starting to pick up. It’s still rolly out here, not horribly, but the most comfortable position on the boat is on the port settee/bunk behind the lee cloth. Luckily, Camanoe has a nice 21-inch LED TV/monitor that swivels around in front of the port berth. I know, I know, I feel guilty. I should be spending more time on deck watching the stars and the beuatiful blue ocean. Unfortunately, the reality is, it’s cold out there! The sun only sticks its head out for a few minutes throughout the day. The wind is chilly and blows right into the cockpit. Until conditions improve I have decided to have a one man mutiny against my better judgement and hang out down below where it is more comfortable.

Volts and Amps: Where does Camanoe obtain enough power to run the lights, fridge, deep freezer, computer, navigation electronics, radio, watermaker, and TV? I’m guessing we use about 100 amp hours a day at 12 volts on board Camanoe. This is the equivalent of running 12, 100 watt light bulbs for an hour. Or having one, 100 watt light bulb on for 12 hours. Imagine, I’m running my entire house, on what one person would use to light their room, or a section of their room for the evening. Still, without a long extension cord how does Camanoe do it? We have a combination of things on board. So far we have been using a wind generator, a trolling generator, and three, 75-watt solar panels. A wind generator looks very similar to a windmill. It has blades, which the wind turns, which in turn spins a 12 volt generator. A trolling generator is the same thing except it is a windmill towed through the water behind the boat. Both units create about the same amount of power. There hasn’t been too much sun on this trip so far, so the solar panels aren’t producing too much. Still, with these three things, Camanoe is keeping up with the demand. Of course, turning on the inverter to run the microwave to heat up leftovers doesn’t help. If all else fails Camanoe has a diesel generator and/or a 44 horsepower, primary engine with a large alternator to supplement the battery bank.



One thought on “Day 8: Volts and Amps

  1. whoa… youre finally watching 24 ? that first came out when me and goldie were roomates at cma. couldnt figure out who was hotter, the daughter or the milf. cool stuff being educated about the power. do you run the bus in isochronous or droop ?

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