Denver, you can’t sail to Denver!

Things went pretty well for us on the trip to Guaymas/San Carlos in Sonora MX.  Four days/3 nights from Mazatlan, following seas (mostly) and a little sailing wind. We did have a bit of an issue with motor overheating, but the spare thermostat took care of it (last post tells all).

More sunrises and sunsets, of course!  Maybe a little fog.

 

 

After arrival, a few phone calls got us a haul-out date at Marina Guaymas (Gabriel’s) and a reservation for 3 days at the Guaymas Fonatur Marina.  We were not sure the new dingy was going to fit inside the cabin for storage, but it slid right in (last thing to store).

San Carlos to Guaymas was a little of a rocky ride, maybe 4 hours but Guaymas harbor was very quiet, Fonatur was an easy docking.

 

 

Cleaned up boat and ready for haul-out. Hauling was a breeze, we had to drop the front stay but it only took half an hour or so.  The travel lift at Marina Guaymas is a little smaller than ones we have seen in the past.

     

Soon as we had a haul out date we got on with scheduling a bus to Phoenix and airline to Denver.  Haul out was scheduled for 10:00 AM May 03, bus for 5:00PM same day and airline for 11:50 AM the next day May o4. 2019.

FIN  (for the summer?)

Info:

Fonatur Marina dock rental was $256  MX per day for 3 days totaled $42 USD

Marina Guaymas Haul out , pressure wash, and 3 months yard storage was $612 USD

Whay happened to the sun ( photo from back door in Denver)

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WORKING our way to Guaymas, Sonora

Plans and more plans

Hi all,  we are not in Puerto Vallarta anymore.  Somos en Guaymas, Sonora MX.

Adios old friend

Before leaving La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, we decided to invest in a dinghy.  Matte, our Walker Bay 8, by name, was having trouble supporting the Mercury 5 HP 2 stroke we bought a couple years ago.

Friends on s/v Landfall had a great family, Boca, for placing the Walker Bay 8 with sail kit and water wings.  Very sad to see her go, but to a family made us feel better…

Standing in on our fore deck is a new addition to the family, names “Yoshi”.  Welcome!

Of course it needed a hydrofoil…

The new dink did not get up and plane the way we would like and before spending dollars on a hydrofoil kit, we decided to make one from a piece of HDPE  and some sawing and drilling and tapping and screws and washers and VIOLA!

It took a count to 15 seconds or so prior to installing the hydrofoil for the dink to plane with one person on board and now it takes maybe a 7 second count.  Better!  May be worth the cost…

Traveling

We left La Cruz de Huanacaxtle before sunrise in the morning and decided to make the run to Mazatlan.  PV to Mazatlan was 30 hours or so.  We stayed just long enough to make sure the weather was good, changed the oil and today after 3 nights out motoring and sailing we are in San Carlos Bay, just outside of Guaymas in Sonora MX.

Both legs of the trip were pretty great.  Following winds and seas for the most part.  Some really nice sunsets and sun rises ( I had sunset shift and missed most of the sun rises).

The plans

The “plan” is to haul out at Marina Guaymas and do some work on the boat.  Probably will schedule the work for this summer:

The list:

  1. Un-step the mast and change out a wire and take care of the cable slapping sounds in the mast.
  2. See if there is a rigger in Guaymas and check to see if our standing rigging is good to go another 9 years…  If not replace the standing rigging.
  3. Sand and Paint the bottom of Hajime.
  4.  Repack the shaft log.
  5. Maybe replace the sole teak in the cockpit.

Techie (sure)…

Last couple blogs find me bragging about the spare alternator and the really neat way to put an adjustable regulator on it!  Well every silver lining hits the coffin with a nail, or something like that…  The regulator does work.  I, however, chose an alternator with one not enough ridges in the belt pulley and it sort of fit the motor (almost) properly.

 

So when the motor started to overheat on leaving Mazatlan for Guaymas / San Carlos, of course, it must have been something to do with the last thing we changed on the motor…

Soooo underway we changed the alternator back to the original one that came with the motor.  I did move the adjustable regulator to the OE alternator though!

Fired up the motor and it seemed to work fine for a couple hours so we pointed the bow north again and aimed for Guaymas.

A day later after sailing for a time we began motoring as winds died and she over heated once again.  Huh?  Maybe the belt that was worn from the incorrect pulley was an issue?

So we replaced the belt and the overheating continued…

I know, I know, THERMOSTAT!

It should have been the first choice in the logic tree for the intermediate problem of overheating.  We changed out the thermostat and it is holding fine.

Part of making this item the last part we chose to replace was because  I was not sure where it went on the motor.

Turns out, it goes here (see photo) and changes out in 10 minutes with a 1/2 inch wrench!:

thermostatbeta30

Need to get a mechanical manual for the Beta 30.  If anyone has one, let me know!

On arrival:

Of course margaritas and Jess made a fantastic pizza!  Yes after 4 days and three nights on the water and waves… PIZZA!  NICE!

 

 

Part numbers to remember:

 

Oil Filter 211-60390 SKU: 211-60390.Categories: .Tag: DESCRIPTION Oil Filter for Beta 28-38   (except remote oil filter) cross reference # wix 51344/ kubota 16271-32090  https://www.oilfilter-crossreference.com/convert/Wix/51344 Fram PH3593A Fram PH9688

Belt PIX-X’ceed 6 PK 1038. ANTISTATIC. OIL & HEAT RESIDENT.     Or optibelt 6 PK 1038  (1040 would fit fine)

Air Filter 211-08132 19.80 SKU: 211-08132.Categories: .Tag: DESCRIPTION  Air Filter for All Beta 14-38 with Plastic Body ONLY from Mar 2011; (NOT Beta35-38  during year 2011 only- use 211-08133)  – hifi filter SA 19704  4″ tall 4″ OD 2.75″ ID, closed one end. is OK

FIN

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Back to Banderas bay, new dinghy, stuff

In general, things are going well:

We are back in Banderas Bay near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.  If you have not seen “Gringo Mariachi”  yet?  Find it and watch it, it is so Mexico!  (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1239374/)

New dinghy:

  IMG_5625

Woohoo the new alternator regulator experiment did what we needed for the LiFePO4 batteries!

Batteries are working well, we did not have to mess with shunting the charge manually to the starter batteries using the battery selector switch this last long motor up from Tenacatita to Banderas Bay. Yeah!  The alternator stops cranking out amps at about 13.6 volts, right where we want it!  It took 4 or 5 trial and error adjustments of the potentiometer on the regulator to get it correct.

IMG_20190403_115712527 

Side trip:

We had Jess’ brother Alex and Sister in law Joann on boat 8 days then we side tripped up to Ciudad Colima, was great time had by all, catching up with some photos – finally got em developed…

Misc:

We got the Katadyn 40E watermaker working again, we were so jealous of the 40 gallon per hour that s/v Nellie Jo were making in Bahia Tenacatita, had to fire up out 40 gallon per day unit!

We are working on getting to Guaymas, Sonorain order to put the boat up so we can get back to it easier from Denver through Phoenix flights from Denver.  Thinking of bottom paint and un-stepping the mast and maybe replacing standing rigging this year.

Fin again for now…

 

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Adjustable regulator on an internally regulated alternator…

Adjustable regulator on an internally regulated alternator…

IMG_20190403_115712527

Why? You ask:

After we put the LiFePO4 batteries on the boat we had to address the three charging systems:

First we changed the solar charger over to a programmable controller.

Second we changed the shore power battery charger over to a programmable charger.

These changes allowed us to set the max charge voltage at around 13.6 to 13.8 volts on these devices following the guidelines for LiFePO4 batteries to charge them to an 80 percent voltage at around 13.6 volts.

So with two of the three charge systems on the boat automated such that we can not mess up the LiFePO4 batteries by overcharging them, we started the search for an alternator and regulator system to allow us to limit the charge voltage to around 13.6 to 13.8 volts as well.

An alternator must be connected to a battery.  A simple alternator regulator senses the voltage in the battery and can stop producing power when a target voltage is met, most regulators are built for automotive applications and lead acid batteries and set the regulation voltage at around 14.2 to 14.5 volts.  There are also fairly expensive “SMART” regulators which are helpful for lead acid batteries but the expense seems a waste for LiFePO4 batteries since you don’t need the four charging stages you get in a “smart” regulator/alternator system for these types of batteries.

With all that in mind we went looking for a simple adjustable regulator for our alternator and found one.  They make internal and external alternator regulators with a potentiometer or variable resistor on board which allows you to set the cut out voltage in the regulator to between 13.6 and 14.5 volts.  Our goal was 13.6 to 13.8 volts for the maximum charge voltage from the alternator into the LiFePO4 batteries.  This is in the range of 80 to 90 percent charge in the batteries and popular belief is that if you do not charge above these levels the life of the batteries can be extended considerably beyond 3000 cycles.

I found a Beta spec.  alternator on ebay, the pulley is a bit smaller and it is a 70 AMP alternator.  The one on S/V Hajime is a 120 AMP OE from Beta Marine.

PC161065 (Copy)

Found an adjustable regulator for Bosch style alternators online:

https://www.240turbo.com/AdjustableVoltage.html

Dave Barton has external and internal regulator kits, answers emails, ships promptly, what more can you ask?:

 

After unpacking and opening the new alternator and looking at the old fixed voltage regulator and the new adjustable voltage regulator I decided to solder the (+) lead from the rectifier trio to the new regulator and install it into the 70 AMP alternator.

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Today we installed the new 70 amp alternator on s/v Hajime.

Why? You ask would we go from a vroom vroom 120 AMP alternator all the way down to a 70 AMP alternator.  Honestly, over the last 4 years with the Beta 30 in s/v Hajime and with the 120 AMP alternator, regardless of load, we never saw over 45 AMP output from the 120 AMP alternator.  So I guess it’s putt putt for us.

The old alternator had a D+ stud and the new one has a D+ spade connector, but other than that install was straight forward.  We may have to adjust the tachometer to get the RPM reading a little better, it looks to be reading higher than out hand held tachometer tester.

VOLTAGE TESTING:

I set the potentiometer as low as possible and in the initial test run it reduced output to around 2 AMPS at a voltage at around 13.35 volts.  I turned the potientiometer about 1/4 turn and it was still reducing 14 AMP draw when I shut down the engine at around 13.45 volts.  We will leave it there and see where we are and if it works as planned?

Alternator was 140 Pound Sterling and the regulator was $25.6 USD.  ANd we needed a spare alternator anyway!

FIN

Some alternator diagrams and info:

http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?320989-Howto-bench-test-an-alternator

https://www.otherpower.com/images/scimages/11306/Alternator_Secrets.pdf

 

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s/v Hajime CAN carry 4 people and not be found floundering years later with all aboard mysteriously missing at sea…

Quite the title, but it works…

We went up to Denver on the 4th of March 2019 to work at the USA Judo Youth Nationals and then at the Denver Spring Judo Tournaments.  It’s good to volunteer for good causes.

Returned to Puerto Vallarta with Jess’ brother Alex and sister in law Joanne in tow.  We spent a couple nights at dock in Marina Vallarta provisioning and preparing the boat after a couple weeks away and then struck off (on a Friday with bananas on-board) for parts south.

One overnight and we found Chamela Bay and the village of Perula.

We stayed a couple nights then a day sail down to Tennacatita Bay and caught up with friends James and Denna on s/v Nellie Jo.

Stayed a couple nights and on to Barre de Navidad with a lunch stop in Cuesta Camate.

The water taxi still runs, the French Baker is still active and there are few cruisers in town.  The marina looks near deserted of cruisers and the lagoon has fewer than 10 boats.

We will put the boat into the marina here at Barre de Navidad it is called Marina Puerto de la Navidad on the charts:

Marina Puerto de la Navidad

We are off to Ciudad de Colima via ETN bus for a couple days sight seeing and bird watching leaving tomorrow,Barre to Colima

and then Alex and Joanne will head for Puerto Vallarta from Colima City and we will return to Barre to continue the season.

Colima to PV.JPG

Techie time:

Below is a listing of stuff brought back to the boat this trip to Denver and some notes on parts fixed already…

The air breeze

Wind generator blades do seem a lot quieter, yeah!  I did feed the special 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut to Neptune on disassembly and cursed quite a bit.

Then after being ask, by our new landsmen sailor apprentices, weather or not I had a spare 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut I promptly ripped out the spares kit where one would have been if I had one, knowing full and well there was no way I had something like that in order to show them NOT to question the boat skipper like that right after he made such a grand sacrifice to the god of the sea….

And low and behold…  It did get reassembled with the spare 17mm LH thread stainless steel nut that I knew I did not have in that spares kit!

So between the new circuit board we installed in December and these blades it is running pretty well.  I saw 6 amps on the amp meter attached to it the other day in around 18 to 20 knot winds

Adjustable internal regulator alternator

Have not tried new spare adjustable alternator yet.  That is a blog by it’s self.

Airhead composting toilet seat replacement:

My bad I did not look at the Airhead web sight

https://airheadtoilet.com/the-air-head/details-dimensions/

for the different seat configurations.  I emailed the same fellow we bought from in 2010.  In my defense, he sent a new seat without asking if it was marine or household…

The household is a bigger bigger seat, however,  from a study of the dimension-ed photos  I removed the old plastic brackets from the 2010 Airhead mucked up the screw holes with some 5200 and drilled holes into the plastic toilet and through bolted with 1/4-20 and lock nuts from the original assy. and added stainless washers both sides.  Seems sound!

    

 

Mexico March 20 2019
70 amp alternator 179.86 1 ea
collinite wax $31.33 1 lot of 2
cut resist gloves $8.18 1 pair
hose clamps $9.69 1 lot of 10
sew light $10.99 1 ea
howard sun shield $12.48 1 lot of 2
150 gpd water filter $88.50 1 5 piece set+conn
air breeze blades $119.99 1 lot of 3
Strainers missed delivery 0 1 lot of 2
1/4-3/8 fittings $8.18 1 lot of 5
sew machine case $29.99 1 ea
1/4-3/8 fittings $9.19 1 lot of 5
toilet seat $60.00 1 seat+ hinges
18″ battery cables $23.58 1 lot of 2
pfds $299.98 1 lot of 2
radio $46.99 1 ea
hammer drill $0.00 1 ea
air fittings(2), gloves,solder $29.22 1 lot 4+2+1+1
air regulator $23.00 1 ea

FIN for Now

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Weather or knots…

Been pretty slow going

We just been tooling around Banderas Bay, stayed a bit at Punta de Mita.  It was our first time ashore there.  It is a different little town and not at all what we expected.  When seen from the boat, you see the resorts on the water on the west side of the point.  But the town is a classic Mexican village, with a lot of gringos mulling around.  When leaving after a couple days of 20+ knot blows we sailed south across the bay, motored east a little then sailed west back to La Cruz.

Saw, from the water, places we hiked a couple years back…

Bad photo but we been floating past the end of dock 11 at the marina for last few weeks and it finally hit us what’s wrong with this picture???  The dredge SANK!  The dock crew are trying to float it with bladders and air pump maybe?

Projects

Not a lot, we did try a new paste wax and are still happiest with the Collinite #884.  Close second was Big White but the Collinite goes on and comes off so easy it’s a pleasure to use…

Image result for paste wax whale        Image result for paste wax collinite 884

Re-built the old raw water pump with the rebuild kit we got from https://www.betamarinenc.com/, thanks again Lisa from Beta and our mules from Denver!

Techie stuff

Sailing, or moving your house around like we do, is very dependent on the winds and weather.  Most mornings here in Banderas Bay there is a Banderas bay cruisers net on marine VHF channel 22A  and Mike Danielson from PV Sailing and North Sails, https://www.pvsailing.com/,  performs the boating community a great service by offering a sailing oriented weather forecast on the VHF.  Mike also helps this community out with their longer range sailing weather windows as well.

Besides the local help, here are a couple of wind and weather forecast internet web sites, both are excellent at combining ocean swell, wind swell, currents, etc., to make a little better picture of what to expect when sailing:

https://www.windy.com/?22.807,-105.688,6

Windy

http://www.stormsurf.com/mdls/menu_wx.html

stormsurf

http://www.surf-forecast.com/regions/Nayarit?hr=174

surf-forecast

There are lots more, including US Navy and NOAA sites and commercial sites and downloadable GRIBS, GRIB (GRIdded Binary or General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form) and satellite weather services and… everyone has their favorites!  Pick one!

Fin

 

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We been pretty mellow so far…

Whats up:

Hi all, we been pretty mellow this season.  After leaving Marina Vallarta, which has really updated over the last few years, we have been over at Marina Nayarit both in the anchorage and at dock.  We went into dock to better facilitate for guests boarding and disembarking the boat.

Yeah visitors, they found a centrally located airbnb for $42 usd a night and they were pretty happy!

Our visitors came from Denver for a few days and we did the boat on the bay thing for a few days.  It took us a few days to recover and now we are back on the bay, at anchor and putting around.  We plan an trip back to Denver in March then back to boat after a couple weeks getting our judo fix out of the way!

Oh yes they got to see whales!

And dolphins:

Projects:

Projects… Jim started cleaning the standing rigging in PV a few weeks ago and when we were on dock this last week finished the cleaning of the back stay.  He dose not want to repeat that one again soon bruises and skinned shin and all.   But not that he has the system down, it should not be a problem next time.

We also finally got some material and re-covered the folding deck cushions.  The foam was getting soft with age too and so we added some of the foam we cut off of the V-berth king size topping foam we got last month and life is better!

The old cover and new cover on frame, the new one is turquoise, ha!:

We recovered both of them…

Jess likes!

Techie time:

Visitors, ( mules ), brought some boat parts for our enjoyment! A new raw water pump was the most appreciated one!

We put it into the boat as fast as we could… It only took about 5 minutes!

Have not really looked at the rest of the stuff we got from the mules yet.  May be some more projects there!  Still need to paint the motor where the old pump was leaking salt water…

Notes on WAX.

We tried a local wax and hated it,  and then we tried a new, “Big White”,  one and still the best boat wax we like is the COLLINITE #885.

Tried and is OK but not the best, It went on cleanly and came off OK, and if I had never tried the Collinite #885, it might be OK! :

But still the BEST, goes on easy comes off easy.  Best we have tried!

Next?

We will head to Denver in March for the Youth Nationals  (judo) and stay for the Denver Judo Spring tournament and return to boat to continue the season.  We hope to get up to Guaymas and put the boat on the HARD to allow us to re-work the mast and paint the bottom and replace the standing rigging and get ready to move south of Mexico (maybe)!  Mexico is soooooo easy, it is a hard decision to make, but we are thinking of Panama in the future!

FIN…

 

 

 

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Eight weeks in Mexico, so far – 2019

Update:

We arrived in Mazatlan December 05, 2018, Jim started his residente permanente work on the 14th of December and finished after the holidays on the 10th if January 2019.  Jessica started on the 10th of Jan and is still waiting for the final notice to pick-up her card.  We gave up on waiting in Mazatlan for the finger print notice a couple weeks ago and headed south.  Mazatlan to San Blas to Jaltembe to Puerto Vallarta.  Spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, Marina Vallarta,  visiting with the Bergers and now we are hanging out in the Marina Nayarit anchorage.

Jim got some boat waxing done in the marina, Jessica took a bus ride to Mazatlan, 8 hours, stayed the night and got fingerprinted and paid her final payment on the residente permanente process and then got on a bus to return to PV.  All told a thirty two  hour adventure.

Photo bits:

Old Harbor in Mazatlan:

 

Boat work while waiting around for IMM…

 

Trip south, Jess finds the best spots to stand watch (and off watch)…

 

Puerto Vallarta…

 

Now:

Waiting patiently for visitors…

INFO bits TECHIE TIME – Fees for residente permanente. ( and it took 4 years)

  1. Consulate in Denver with proof of income and savings ( needed passport photos too), receive a visa sticker in your passport.  approx $50 USD per person.
  2. Visit immigration at the Mexico border and get a special visa, no extra cost and start a 30 day countdown to visit your resident state immigration office in Mexico.
  3. Get your paperwork in order, we used a lady near the Mazatlan Immigration office and it ran about $25 per visit and you see her the first time, at the end on one year, and at the four year mark.  Total about $75 USD.   She takes required photos and originates and gets your paperwork in order so you can walk over to the IMM office and start/continue/finish the process.
  4. Each visit to the office there is a “change in status request fee”, you are required to pay this fee and then any fee required for the resident card itself.  The first visit it was under $1000 pesos, maybe $800 or so, it’s hard to remember 4 years ago but let’s call it $1000 peso for each of the 3 card visits. totaling about $150 USD.
  5. Each card visit periods takes about 3 to 4 weeks.  Day one is to pay the change request fees and start the paperwork moving.  Ten days later you are called in to get fingerprinted and pay the resident card fee, different fees for one year card vs three year card, etc.  Mazatlan required us to do a one year card followed by a three year card after 12 months and then 3 years later we were allowed to apply for the permanent cards.  One year card fees were around $3000 pesos, 3 year card was around $7000 pesos and the permamnete card was $5200 pesos.  Totaling around $15000 pesos or around $800 USD per person.  And taking 4 years.
  6. Grand total $50+$75+$150+$800=$1075 per person

So why do it?  First thing we did not know the true cost when we started the process.  And other consulates and immigration office combinations in Mexico seem to work under different rules which allow for quite a bit lower fees.  Some Mexico Consulates are rumored (on the internet blogs and pages) to process you directly for a permanent card.  This would reduce your fees to around $7000 pesos plus the paperwork/photo fees or around a total of maybe $500 USD per person.

So why do it?  What you receive if you make frequent and long term stays in Mexico are:

  • If you fly, you can get refunded to VISA fee that is default purchased on every plane ticket.
  • You can stay in mexico, legally, for over 6 months at a time without leaving the country at the end of your 180 day tourist visa.
  • You can open bank accounts, we did not try to open an account with a tourist visa only, but don’t think it works?  https://qroo.us/2017/01/15/opening-a-bank-account-in-mexico-benefits-and-requirements/
  • You can import your household goods into mexico, one time, without import duty.
  • Is easier for spouse of card holder to apply, I think?

Why you may not want to do it?

  • A temporary import permit for a motor vehicle (car/truck/etc.) may not be possible for a resident card holder.  ( I think this does not apply for marine vessels).

Not really techie was it?

Fin for now

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2018 Back to Boat

Hi all,

We been in Mexico since the 5th Dec 2018.  We flew American Air to Mazatlan via Phoenix this year and flight was delayed three plus hours.  So it was nice that we had rented an Airbnb at the marina for couple if nights in order to allow opening the boat. Hajime is in lower left hand corner of photo, on dock 7, and Airbnb was on ground floor of red roofed complex near walk to pool…  Logistics were GREAT!

2018 airbnb

Items we brought down to feed boat’s appetite.

X-3 Shaft Zinc 1″ Diameter
9 1/2 Wire Crimping tool
Mexican Train Dominoes
2 set Shoreline 1/2″dia.x20′ Blue + 1/2″dia.x25′ Gold/White
Cobra 400 Watts Inverted
Dive fins used
12v 5L/Min 115 psi pump “micro electric diaphragm pump”
Quiet 12v DC solar circulation pump 8-1,8-2
Beckson Port light screens
Beckson Port light gaskets
Home Depot thumb screws
Bilge Pump ebay
Bilge pump Amazon
Ocean Systems EPIRB Battery
LOWES Fittings and tube (1 lot)
Fittings 3/8 and 1/4 (2 each = 1 lot)

TECHIE STUFF:

LiFePO4 Battery UPDATE:

WOW, we put the batteries away in March 2018 with no charger and no usage connections (except for a switched voltage meter which was off except when taking the readings).  Here is the chart of readings taken by our boat management people over an eight and one half month period of time.  The batteries self discharged about 0.08 volts or 0.6% over 8.5 months.  I was delighted.  We are starting the third season with these batteries and they still seem to be treating us like new batteries.
Yes, we will do another discharge cycle chart when we get to dock for a several days to check against our prior discharge data to see if we think we see any degradation in the batteries so far.
Since being back on boat we tend to use about 20 to 25 Amp Hours over the nights      (a change in refrigerator control is using less power now).  When we are off the boat the solar panels are recharging the batteries completely every day.  Even now during the shortest daylight time of the year.  When we are on boat all day, computers, lights, pumps, etc. we tend to induce around a net 30 to 40 Amp Hour deficit daily.  Shore power charger or running the engine (alternator) keeps up charged but we can last 5 or six ‘on boat” days without recharging, way nice!
2018 LiFePO4 storage

Boat opened well, only a couple issues.

So about the refrigerator:

It turns out that lightning hit the dock Hajime was on this summer and caused some havoc with some of the other boats.
The only thing we found on opening the boat was that the refrigerator would not start when powered.  The original refrigeration system we installed in 2010 was the Isotherm 4701.   We put it into the original built in Ice Box on s/v Hajime.  The compressor was installed aft in the lazarette and the cold plate inside the ice box.
isotherm 4701.pg    Hajime-Ice-Box.jpg  IMG_4613
Last year we replaced the cold plate with a Nova Kool RT4 Boxed Evaporator with 12 Foot Line set.  We were trying to make it so we could make ice for the margaritas!!!
    novakool
It worked out last year and we did not change the old isotherm controller.  This year the refrigerator would not power up.  We got out the volt/ohm meter and chased it down to the isotherm control module was not exciting the compressor to operate.
Last year, just in case, we picked up a Yeeco mechanical cooling thermostat and decided not ti use it. This year we found it in the spares kit, whew!
Yeeco thermostat_
What isotherm does is take a standard 12/24 volt DC compressor.  Ours is a Danfoss BD50F.  And they put their control module ( the blue one in our case) between the Danfoss control connectors and power hookups.  Then they run a thermistor resistor into the ice box and a control panel to mount for the refrigerator temperature control.
The  POS cooling water pump and pump control module, which were the isotherm raw water cooling system, we replaced in 2013 after our pump/control module failed.  We replaced the high cost isotherm parts with a horn relay and a 12v solar water pump.
12v Solar pump
So we pulled the blue isotherm module off the Danfoss and
ran boat 12v power to +/- terminals
and ran the cooling water pump relay +/- to the Fan/- terminals
and ran the Yeeco cooling thermostat leads to the C/T connectors without a resistor
and she runs nice and quiet at 2000 rpm…  And the compressor/pump system looks to draw around 3.5 to 4 Amps.
  danfoss bd50f  danfoss bd50f 101N210 220 500 Danfoss speed
It did take a bit of time to do the research…

Air Breeze Wind Power Generator:

Finally did the repair kit on the Air Breeze  200 Watt windmill.  We bought the repair part electronic control board a couple years ago and finally got a control board that goes inside the machine up on the post. And did the replacement.  We let it run in 60 knot winds back in 2011 and it has not been right since!
 
After replacement of the circuit board, the wind machine is working pretty well again.  It likes to shutdown with a “too high wind”  alarm at around 25 knots wind speed and restart after 30 sec.  Book says design is for 35 knor wind speed for this function, but other than that it seems to be working well.  We are getting 3 to 4 Amps in 15 knot winds.

Raw water pump too:

Also we seem to have a water pump problem.  Seems that the raw water pump on the Beta 30 is dripping salt water (occasionally).  Last year it started and I emailed for parts availability to betamarinenc.com in the USA and they were VERY HELPFUL.  I on the other hand forgot to order the parts when we got back to the USA last season.  My bad!  We ordered a rebuild kit and a replacement pump and hope friends can bring them down next month.  Probably a good idea to have spare raw water pump onboard.
It turns out that the original pump design had issued with the raw water seal and they have devised a spacer and “O”-ring modification to help fix it.  We probably have the original pump with the design issue.  Pump was made by ancor.it and both pump and re-build parts are available in USA from Beta Distributors.
beta water pump pf40b small file revised (1)
Part# 15 and #16 are the added parts in the above revised assy.parts list…
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The procedure for the re-build is as follows:

PF40B ‐ (207‐08922) Raw Water Pump Q‐500‐003‐001

Pump Repair Guide – Disassembly Procedure

1. Remove the pump from the engine.
2. Remove cover screws (18), Cover (2) and Cover Seal.
3. Remove Impeller (11) with suitable removal tool, and remove the Wear Plate (14).
4. Remove the Retaining Tube (15) and the Retaining Tube Centring Ring (16)
5. Remove the Oil Seal (17) with a hooked pick or similar suitable tool.
6. Remove Circlip (12) with Circlip Pliers.
7. Push Shaft and Bearing assembly out of the pump body by pressing the shaft out from the impeller end.
8. Remove the Water Seal (7) and V‐ring Seal (13) using a suitable tool.
9. To remove the bearings from the shaft a bearing press plate should be used to offset the bearing spacer to one side and sit behind the engine side bearing.
10.The engine side bearing (3) can then be pressed from the shaft.
11.Remove the bearing spacer (6).
12.The seal side bearing (3) can then be pressed from the shaft.
13.Remove Circlip (10) from shaft is required.

Parts Inspection
All parts should be inspected for wear / damage before reassembly / re‐use.
It is good practice to replace all Seals with new parts during re‐assembled.
If the water seal (7) has worn a groove in the shaft (4) then the shaft should be
replaced.
If the pump has leaked and the bearings are contaminated with water they should
be replaced.

Assembly / Re‐assembly Procedure
1. Ensure that Circlip (10) is fitted to the groove in the Shaft (4).
2. Press the “seal side” Bearing (3) onto the Shaft (4) until the inner ring rests against the Circlip (10). Ensure the inner bearing ring is supported by the press tool to prevent damage to the bearing.
3. Fit the Bearing Spacer (6) between the two bearings and press the engine side bearing (3) onto the shaft until both bearing outer rings are in contact with the bearing spacer. Ensure that both bearing press tools support both the inner and outer bearing rings of each bearing to prevent damage to the bearing.
4. Press the bearing / shaft assembly into the pump body (1), ensure the press tool pushes on the outer bearing ring to prevent damage to the bearings.
5. Fit the Circlip (12) with circlip pliers.
6. Fit the new Oil Seal (17) by pressing into place against outer diameter, lubrication may be required to fit correctly / easily. Once the seal is fitted, use a plastic pick or thin tool to displace the oil seal lip and release any air trapped behind the Oil Seal (17).
7. Push the new V‐Ring seal (13) down the shaft until is seats on the counter face inside the pump body, it should be deflected slightly by the counter face to seal the bearing housing.
8. Press the new Water Seal (7) into the water seal seat ensuring the seal lip is pointing towards the impeller end of the pump. To seat the water seal correctly the seat and seal should be lubricated with a small amount of water or rubbing alcohol.
9. Fit the Centring Ring (16) to the outer diameter of the Retaining Tube (15) and push into place behind the seal (7). Ensure the Centring Ring (16) is still in place on the tube once fitted.
10.Fit the Wear Plate (14) inside the impeller housing.
11.Lubricate the impeller bore and wear plate with l a neoprene rubber compatible lubricant (silicone lubricant or Glycerol are acceptable).
12.Fit the impeller (11) all the way into the housing, ensure it engages with the shaft and that the drive pin is fitted.
13.Fit the Cover Seal (5), then lubricate the impeller and seal with neoprene and nitrile rubber compatible lubricant (as above).
14.Fit the Cover Plate (2) and fix in place with 6 Cover Screws (18).
15.Re‐install the pump onto the engine.

END of TECHIE

Cushion recover:

We are going to re-cover the foam settee cushions and bunk cushions, again.  We did them in 2011, all but the V-berth cushions, and they have collected quite a bit of grime from the 4 years of full time live aboard et al.   We bought the fabric for around $50 today and we can reclaim the old zippers.  It should only take a couple/three days to do the work (once we start).  We will photo…   Here are the old cushions from 2011…

 Mattress topper:

We also picked up a mattress topper, 2 inch gel foam memory foam, from amazon.com.mx and had it sent to the Marina Mazatlan.  We cut a king size (74″ x 74″) down for the V-Berth where we sleep and are feeling the love…  It has improved the comfort of the 4 inch thick, 40 year old, foam cushions tremendously!  And it was only around $60 USD delivered… Woohoo.

Propane detector:

Just got a new Trident Marine 1300-7760 L.P. Gas Control and Detection System, 12V , Solenoid control.  The old xintex S-2 was screaming all the time and we decommissioned it a couple years ago.  It felt right to replace it!  Looks nice installed…

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Immigration:

Jim got his residente permanente, “GREEN CARD” , on the 10th, last week, and Jess started her paperwork with immigration on the 10th.  Permanent residency for us is the suggested method for folks returning to Mexico often.  The six month “tourist visa” you get with a plane ticket to MX is not meant for folks who stay longer than six months at times.

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Judo:

We finally got to Irimi Dojo, Federico and Aida’s dojo in Colonia Juarez here in Mazatlan this last week.  It is great to see everyone and play a little judo.  I sat out the first night, Wednesday,  with a little stiffness still from the header I took at the masters in Cancun, but couldn’t stay away and dressed on Friday.  Saturday we took a bus to Culiacán for the state qualifier for the cadet  national judo tournament in Feb.  Both of the Torres boys qualified for the National tournament.

Fin “again”

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Dojo upside down cake…

Return to boat:

Jess and I are heading back to svHajime in Mazatlan on Dec 5th.  So in the spirit of “techi stuff” and getting back to blogging, I thought I would start the blog up again.

Summer:

Summer consisted of painting the building east side or “front”: before and after:

We did judo camp in preparation for the 2018 World Veterans in Cancun:

 

Camping in WY:

Road trip took us west to Lander WY, Bend OR, Eugene OR, , Down to SF, and back through Yosemite and Ely, Ely, Ely:

 

Jess did a women’s judo workshop in Pateala India and visited brother Tim in SF.:

And… judo tournaments in Round Rock TX, Grand Rapids MI, Chicago IL, Denver CO, and Dallas TX.  Denver Judo won the team trophy (again) at the Denver Judo Fall Classic.

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Oh, and of course:

We have the most handsome grandson ever:

 

Techie – background:

Back in 2005 when we purchased the middle unit of a triplex at 719 Mariposa St. in Denver, we remodeled the warehouse we purchased and put in the judo workout area.  The building has concrete floors but for a dojo floor we wanted to put in a flexible or sprung floor under the mats.

So in 2005 before we did anything else, we experimented with some 7/16 plywood sheeting and samples of available ethafoam we obtained from a supplier.

So off to the dojo and we built the floor on a little larger scale.

But from the beginning, we had the problem of retaining the mats and floor sheeting so that it could FLOAT but not come apart under the mats.  The long walls worked to retain the floor in one direction, but  the other direction was open to movement. We tried straps and Velcro:

And we tried screwing the layers together.  None of this seemed very effective.  The floor sheeting scooted apart under the mats and developed openings between the mats.  Dangerous in judo, easy to catch a toe in the cracks and someone could get hurt.  Over the past 13 years we have re-set the floor 3 or 4 times.

This years issues with the floor:

After building the Denver Floating Floor back in 2005, we placed the plans for the floor on the internet, free for the asking.  Many judo and jujitsu clubs have built the floor.  And long ago we changed the “How To” documents to suggest retaining the floor with 4×4’s bolted to the building flooring and floating the sprung flooring inside these retaining 4×4’s.

So finally after 13 years, this week, we just finished bolting retaining 4×4’s  to the floor at Denver Judo.  All it took was 4 each 10 foot long 4×4’s, a concrete drill, and some concrete anchors, a few drill bits, etc. :

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Looks like it should keep the floor and mats together and everyone’s toes safe!

By the way it takes moving approximately one hundred 40 pound mats ( 4000 pounds ) at least a couple times in order to straighten out the sub floor in our dojo!

See y’all on the boat !

FIN – Jim and Jess

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