What a great motor sail we had today! Had the gennys out shortly after hoisting anchor and sailed all the way the Jekyll Harbor Marina in record time! Sea Fever clocked a max of 7.5 knots while Compass Rose hit 9.5 mph.
Forgot to mention that on Thursday I think we solved the issue with my new alternator. Since the day we left Charleston every day between 2-3 hours after the engine was turned on the battery light would flash and the tach would go crazy, indicating the the batteries were being over charged. But after 2-3 minutes all would return to normal. On Thurs. not so good. after the usual antics, and another 45 minutes the tach went nuts again then shut off completely. Tom asked if the solar panel was on..it was..and suggested that maybe it was causing the alternator to shut down. We were in a wind sound so on went auto pilot and below went Annie. Shut off the solar panel and checked the voltage put out by the alt.. 13.8... perfect. Back in the cockpit..tach was running perfectly.
Left the solar off on Friday and for the first day of the trip the battery light didnot flicker and the tach ran steady!!! If that holds today then I will assume there is no longer a problem. Note to self...new alternator does not play nice with old solar panel!.
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