8 Days and 1200 Nautical Miles to Panama

Crew: Left to Right - Rudy, Colin, Nels, Dougal
It’s been a whirlwind 3 weeks or so since we left Florida for Panama to when I started actually trying to update our blog - it will likely be posted even later than that. A summary: Meeting crew, a seven day passage, crew leaving, crew arriving, ten days of waiting to transit the canal, fixing things on the boat, and now Cassidy and Dougal are finally free of crew and staged in Panama City to head out on the beginning of the trip north towards Mexico. So time do catch up on writing. Dougal is w...
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Sea Magazine Article

We finally got a decent high speed internet connection in Costa Rica so we should be posting some updates to this blog over the next couple of days.  We made it to Panama from Florida, through the canal, and are now moving back up the Pacific side towards mexico. This is just a short post with a link to an article that Sea Magazine compiled from posts in this blog about our trip to Alaska last summer. We new that they were working on something but didn't realized it was published already until ...
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2 Weeks in Florida - Boat Projects, Checklists, and More Boat Projects

Another view of the dock
After spending a couple of weeks in Florida getting familiar with the new boat, moving our gear from the Nordhavn 40 on board, and working to prep the boat for our seemingly imminent trip to Panama, everyone is back in San Diego for the week. Before we get into some of the details of our prep - a little bit of more information about the new boat. Cassidy was adamant that the new boat not be named after her. 'It's too much stress' said the 8 year old. Respecting her wishes, we had a new name pi...
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A Preview of Our "New" Vessel

Ties to the dock in St. Petersburg, Florida
The last few months we have included a lot of research, a trip to mexico to see a really cool ocean crossing catamaran, a couple of failed offers on a boat that we were very interested (a Nordhavn 47), and finally ending up with us being owners of an awesome boat that is somewhat of a departure for us - it has a sailing rig. We don't have ANY experience sailing! But we will learn and the good thing is that we can run the boat in the interim without becoming experts at handling the sails. The bo...
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And She's Gone

Contents of Locker 1
It's been months since we've posted anything to this blog but we have hit a couple of big milestones in boat ownership over the past couple of weeks.  There's an old cliche about buying and selling boats that goes something like this:  'The best two days of a boat owner's life are the day he buys the boat and the day he sells the boat'.  Well within 2 weeks we've had both of those days.   The sale of our Nordhavn 40, M/V Cassidy officially closed a couple of weeks ago - and we've officially take...
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The End of Chapter One

Another great dayon the water
I have been meaning to close out the first chapter of our trip.  I sit down and start to type.  And nothing comes.  There’s so much to tell.  But nothing comes to me.  We have tons of photos of the final leg of our trip so a LOT of them are going to be dumped into this post... One thing is for sure....it’s the end of a chapter, not the end of the story.   Our trip south was planned somewhat abruptly.  Over the summer, we fell in love with the Nordhavn 47 and a plan was hatched.  We thought the ...
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Smith, Ed 5/14/2019

Dougal, reading your blog re the Hundested prop controller & popping a breaker, I would say that whatever is using the power from that breaker is using too many amps for the breaker. I am guessing a motor drive or electric hydraulic pump is failing. Your schematics should trace to the part or you could use the half-split rule & disconnect (tape up & tie back live cables) along the path until the breaker stays in or disconnect at whatever drives the prop pitch & test.

In my experience as an electronics engineer, electric motors & pumps on boats don’t like salt air.

The other problem can be on the earth side (negative bus), all connections to the negative side (earth) need to be cleaned and retightened with marine anti-seize. This applies to all connections including the antenna outside thread on your radios & the metal case of all equipment.

When you have nothing to do? I would also check all the DC - & + brass Bus bars, I assume its 24V but check for tightness & any corrosion. A few cans of CRC Marine is great to have.

Checking all the connections from the Negative of the battery banks all the way to the zinc anodes connections helps a lot to fight corrosion.

If there is any “noise” in your radios, check that all motors are really well earthed all the way to the Zinc Anodes. I like to use copper zinc plated woven earthing straps about 1 inch wide held down with spring washers or Nylex nuts.

Cheers, Ed

lsengelein 5/4/2019

Wow, the waters near Nicaragua sound a bit like traveling by car through Baja....a bit lawless to say the least.  Glad you and boat are not much worse for the wear!  Looking forward to your next blog.  Take care!!!