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/)
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.
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…
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…