Rockville to Beaufort - 2017
|Rockville is literally at the end of the |
road, Maybank Highway.
|This is the only grocery store on Wadmalaw Island.|
After we moved the last few items from our oceanfront apartment in Folly Beach to the boat today, I started working on the malfunctioning (ProMariner-brand) battery charger. I completely disconnected the remote readout, disconnected the battery negative ground for 10 to 15 seconds, reconnected the ground and started the charger--it seemed to start up and then just flashed repeatedly and produced no output. Then, I reset it again but left the ground wire off (to isolate any problems with the batteries) and it did the same thing. So, I concluded that the charger has failed. I drove to West Marine and purchased a replacement unit ($400) before they closed. The battery charger is only 5-1/2 years old--it doesn't seem like it should have failed this soon. I will install it first thing tomorrow morning.
|This is our battery charger, half way |
|The boat is all cleaned up and ready to go as the |
sun sets over the marsh in Rockville.
Rockville to Beaufort SC
|We made it through our first day after resuming our |
trip, tied up to Beaufort's Downtown Marina.
The new engine with the new 3-blade propeller is fantastic! We were able to maintain hull speed (about 6.4 knots) at 2400 RPM of engine speed. At times today when we were motoring against wind and current, it was no problem at all maintaining 5.5 knots or thereabouts. Even though Anthony Black recommended we reduce the propeller's pitch by 1-1/2" during our next haulout, I think it is perfect as is.