It has been a while since I had the opportunity to connect my computer to a power source, hence the lull in my writing. The trouble it turned out to be our batteries, which became inefficient over their seven years of life aboard Ruyam II, coupled with relying solely on our solar chargers, rarely running the engines, since we do not move much lately. Anyway, whenever we tried to charge my computer on board by the inverter, it started screaming; a sign about the shape of the batteries!
The other day, our friendly mechanic Herv from Grenada Marine came all the way to Belmont, and diagnosed the problem. He suggested changing all six of the house batteries at the beginning of the next season, and told Al to make do with the existing ones, revving up the engines when they became too low. Al had been obsessed with the battery readings ever since we had refrigeration problems during the visit of Deniz / Zeynep. I thought that the ultra-low readings that the gauge was showing could not be accurate, since everything was mostly working, except some down times on our fridge. Herv confirmed that our system was barely producing enough energy for the everyday usage, any extras were draining it, starting with turning off the fridge. Before Herv, we had Basil, the refrigeration mechanic operating out of Port Louis among other places, to change its thermostat, and refill the gas, thinking that the occasional melt down was due to mechanical problems. Diagnosis is half of the solution. All we need is a $1,000.- odd dollars.
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