Topic: Power problems

1-6. Below 50S

Feb 21, 2005 - 0225hrs UTC │Generator has died

0225hrs 21 Feb 2005 UTC 45’57”S 121’35”W Map Ref 73 4162nm

The proposed [ed: broken generator] work-around – we will run the engine for half hr each day at about this time 0200-0300utc (good propgn)while diesel lasts & do update & mailcall then to v short satcom updates if diesel … Continue reading

1-6. Below 50S

Feb 22, 2005 - 0018hrs UTC

0018hrs 22 Feb 2005 UTC 47’08”S 120’05”W Map Ref 75 4266nm

Yesterday was not a good day, all things considered. We worked most of the day on the generator trying to eliminate possible causes of the failure. First, of course, the need to unpack the starboard q’berth to get at … Continue reading

1-24. Closing on the Barn Door

Oct 17, 2005 - 2230hrs UTC │Power problem

2230hrs 17 Oct 2005 UTC ??’??”S ???’??”E Ref 450

[ed: feast then famine. Just as the sailmail problems were sorted we have a huge problem. Read on….] disaster. generator has failed – prob. bearings. no spare. have approx 80 ltrs usable diesel + v. limited sunlight for solar. will assess … Continue reading

1-24. Closing on the Barn Door

Oct 18, 2005 - 0430hrs UTC

0430hrs 18 Oct 2005 UTC ??’??”S ???’??”E Ref 451

[ed: as you can see, we are down to satcom transmissions only. Very expensive, so unless someone knows someone who knows someone who can get some sponsorship for the satcom we are stuffed. Sorry all]

1. divert to 4 new … Continue reading

1-27. Indian Ocean Examiner

Nov 02, 2005 - 0500hrs UTC

0500hrs 02 Nov 2005 UTC 39’31”S 033’26”E Ref 512

Juddy suggested we should turn off the instruments. I had an initial scoff and then thought, no, the man is quite right. I have got so used to all these goodies that I have begun to take them for granted but … Continue reading