We’re about a month away from getting aboard Tortuga. The house has become a large tech-room with all of the gear and equipment that we plan to bring aboard. One of the first things that we need to do is replace the six 115Ah “house batteries”. The winter in northern Virginia was not kind to them and four of the batteries are down to 11.9v, which is technically “dead”. We’re planning on replacing them with 120Ah AGM batteries which will give us an extra 30Ah, lower maintenance, and better resistance to long-term storage.
Last night Janet tried out the new Sailrite 220v hotknife, that is designed to smoothly cut through sailcloth and rope. The hotknife worked great, but because it’s 220v we had to run it through a step-up transformer plugged into our 110v AC outlet. The boat has a 220v AC system, so the knife will work fine on existing AC circuit. The sewing machine, on the other hand, is 110v, so that’ll have to be run through a transformer. Janet’s learning a ton about electricity right now.