Day 10 Gear head September 11, 2013

Sept 11, 2013 p.m.

34.11 N, 133.50 W off the coast of Southern California

Heading: 123 true Boat Speed: 4.6 knots Wind: SW <10 knots Swell: 1 m Outside Temp: 20 C 
Wind is filling in from the south west. Lots of plastic and debris in the ocean.

A question posted on the blog from Shawn.

Q: It would be great to hear about some of the gear on the boat ie what kind of electronics/software, choices of blocks/winches, wind generator, battery banks. What kinds/sizes of running rigging and standing rigging. You must have a fav. piece of kit!

A: Hi Shawn, good to hear from you. You were asking about the gear on West Wind II.  Power is a good place to start. I have four golf cart batteries, an Aerogen 4 wind generator, two 80 watt solar panels, and a Perkins 4108 with about 40 gallons of fuel. I am running an ICOM M802 ham set. with a Pactor 3 modem connected to a Panasonic tuff book. All the lights are LED and I have a Furuno GPS with a remote in the cockpit.

For music I have a million songs my daughter Nicola downloaded to an Ipod and as well as some talking books. There are random usb sticks with music as well. That’s the quick version. I also have a Prowatt SW 1000 inverter. Power is the big game here. Being off the grid so to speak, you really have to watch your volts.  So, if it’s overcast and there’s not enough wind to drive the Aerogen wind generator, I won’t be playing the stereo much. But if it is sunny and the Aerogen is spinning, watch out lots of tunes and volume. Hope this paints a bit of a picture Shawn thanks so much for your interest. Cheers, Glenn.

We’d like to give a Shout Out to Fleming for posting a story about Glenn’s circumnavigation on their website Latest News page and including a link to our blog. Thank you. It’s much appreciated!

Comments

  1. HELLO GLENN
    HAVE YOU TAKING ANY WEIGHTS SO YOU CAN WORK OUT AND STAY
    IN SHAPE,HO HO I CAN SEE YOU SQUATING 400 LBS OR BENCHING.
    TAKE CARE GLENN
    PETER MUELLER

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