Bill Saint sent in this shot from South Carolina. After 30+ years of sailing and 7 sailboats, we crossed the line to a flybridge cruiser. I was putting our “book” together of photos from last year’s travels aboard True Blue, our Fairline Squadron 42’ and this one struck me. The perfect morning of our last day, returning home from a 3 week cruise north from Charleston to the Outer Banks. This was leaving Georgetown, SC and heading south down the ICW.
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As summer gets closer and the air heats up, we at Coastal Climate Control are hearing that familiar question again – Can I run my boat’s air conditioner from my battery bank?
Any air conditioning unit can run from lead-acid or lithium batteries through an inverter. The issue is whether this is practical and economical considering batteries will need to be recharged at some point.
We talk about this in our new blog.
In Last week’s Just Cruising, I related a short yarn about deploying a second anchor while anchored in a ...On April 2, 2021 / By Sandy Parks
Boaters who take the time to complete an inspection and perform seasonal maintenance will see better performance and longer life from their deep cycle batteries.
Before launching your boat, is it wise to perform an inspection and routine maintenance. Terminal connections often become loose over time and should be re-torqued to the manufacturer’s specification at least once per year. Flooded lead-acid batteries also require a top-up (distilled water only) to ensure the plates are fully covered in electrolyte. Watering frequency will depend on operating temperatures and how often and aggressively the batteries are cycled. Last, test battery voltage and take specific gravity readings in flooded cells to ensure they battery is not failing or damaged.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended charging & maintenance procedures as these vary by brand and battery type.
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(G Captain) – The world watched last week (see video below) after the crew of the yacht transport vessel Eemslift Hendrika radioed that they had lost stability in ...On April 16, 2021 / By Sandy Parks
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Thanks to all who answered last week’s survey question on the bicycles you carry aboard you cruising boats. 56% of those who relied do carry bikes. The overwhelming favorite is the Dahon Mariner followed by the Citizens folding bikes and the West Marine folding bike.
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This video shows the rescue of all 12 crew members off the transport ship Eemslift Hendrika April 5, 2021.
(G Captain) – The world watched last week (see video below) after the crew of the yacht transport vessel ...On April 16, 2021 / By Sandy Parks
The Oceanis 46.1 is the latest in our range of sailing yachts dedicated to blue water cruising. Based on the wildly successful Oceanis 51.1, she has all the ...On July 3, 2018 / By George Day
Yacht design has evolved rapidly in the last decade with the development of swinging keels, foils, wing sails and much more. And one designer has left his creative ...On January 3, 2018 / By George Day
The pairing of a world renowned naval architect with a builder whose name is synonymous with some of the fastest and most illustrious racing yachts on the globe, ...On December 6, 2017 / By George Day
(Caribbean Journal) – Here is somelthing to do when you charter in the USVI that may be just a ...On March 19, 2021 / By Sandy Parks
(noonsite) – Three long time cruisers have formed the Ocean Sailing Association of Southern Africa supported by yacht clubs, ...On April 2, 2021 / By Sandy Parks
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