Monday, June 13, 2016

Well . . .

Over the last 18 months, our boat has had, for all intents and purposes, a complete makeover, in and out. New windows, carpentry, bulkheads, you name it, both repairs and upgrades. And you know what, we were okay with all that. We've never skimped when it came to keeping Why Knot in good shape. We like our boat very much. But we reached the point that we started to say, “Please, almighty God, let this be the last of it.”

The last upgrade was to have the electrical panel rebuilt, a long-desired task. Our bud, Phil Jones of First Coast Marine Electrical Systems, did the work. Not only was he able to find a supplier of the old fashioned, aircraft-type, push button breakers (something that had stymied more than a few other technicians) but he did all the work in his usual determined and expedient fashion.

For those of you who have been long time readers, you may remember his name. He replaced our Xantrex Inverter / Charger three years ago while we were at Jekyll Island. At the time we were warned by not only him and another technician, but also by the store manager of the local West Marine store (Brunswick, GA) that the new Xantrex gear had iffy, at best, reputations. They operated fine, but didn't always last very long.

So, we left Jacksonville on Thursday. We stayed in St. Augustine Thursday night and cruised from there to Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona on Friday. No problems. The boat and us were in high spirits, and everything was hunky dory. Then, we unhooked from shore power on Saturday to head to Titusville. Lisa immediately noticed that several of the status and warning lights were wonky. Something was wrong with our 110v electrical system. As a matter of fact, we had a mysterious spike in the amps going through the inverter, which we later found out was a near catastrophic event.

Our first instinct was to call Phil. We know him, we trust him, and he knows our boat's electrical system better than anyone else on the planet. And damned if he didn't drive from St. Marys, GA down to Daytona Beach to check it out. And, as we all were dread to suspect, the Xantrex shot craps. It needed to be replaced. And damned if PHIL JONES (912-674-8312) didn't order a new Magnum Inverter / Charger for us. And damned if PHIL JONES (912-674-8312) isn't going to pick up the new unit in Jacksonville on Tuesday and drive down here and install it that afternoon so we can boogie out of here on Wednesday.

Ah, the joys of owning a boat. But you know what, it's all okay. After the last eighteen months we now have pretty close to a spic and span new-ish boat. And we like that very much.