Took the boat out today. Saw dolphins. Got all systems working, reefed the main, learned about getting out of the Manatee River into the Gulf. Concerned that the electrical system wasn't charging, couldn't get the autohelm working, and the knotmeter still isn't quite right. When we got back, the AC didn't work but the refrigeration guy was scheduled to come by. He bled some air out of the AC water pump and showed Glen what to do in future. He also changed the thermostat in the fridge. We'll see if that works. He also told us our macerator pump is leaking and that's why we have some bad smells from the head. I thought it was Pam.
|Pumping out bad stuff|
Brad found a loose wire on the alternator - to the field coil. We connected it and we seem to have battery charging from the main engine.
People have been incredibly helpful and friendly. We are getting itchy to go but will miss all the assistance. William has been awesome... even offered to lend us his generator for the trip. We will miss all the support but we need to get on our way.
Should we leave tomorrow? What if the batteries don't charge. We won't have a fridge. We'll have to make sure we don't drain the starting engine keeping our beer cold.
Lots to learn.