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> We're having a beach day today, bright, blue, and sunny. The breeze is light but enough to sail with the big kite, and everyone is sunning themselves and drying out after all the foggy days we've had. It's Canada day, so our two Canadian crew are sporting their Canada t-shirts. Everyone is adding "eh?" to the end of every sentence in tribute. Happy Canada day to all our Canadian friends out there, eh?
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> As boats will do, Dawn Star continues to give us daily projects so we can prove how much we love her. Yesterday, the head pump wouldn't come on, so the toilet was essentially unusable. It turned out to be nothing more than a stuck solenoid, which was quickly cleared up. This was much to the relief (and I mean that literally) of the entire crew. Later in the day, we noticed that the new high-output alternator battery charging system wasn't giving us the big charge we'd expected. This was narrowed down to the battery charge switch, which was basically incompatible with the new system. We bypassed this problem by changing the system regulator's programming to insure high output long enough to get a good charge.
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> This morning, we fired up the engine to start charging, looking forward to a good full charge based on the programming change we made the day before. Unfortunately, quite the opposite happened, as we got zero charge. Once again we pulled out the manuals, and located the problem to be nothing more than a blown 10A fuse. With a quick fix seemingly in hand, we opened the electrical spares box, which was chock full of all types of fuses. All types, that is, except the one fuse we needed. Scratching our heads for a bit, Jay pointed out that the DC panel was full of circuit breakers, one of which had to be a 10A breaker. Sure enough, we found one, which we liberated from the panel, installed on the smart regulator, and we were once again back in the charging business. We don't know why the fuse blew in the first place, but it hasn't popped the breaker so far and that's good enough for now.
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> We're continue on a northerly route, though the winds aren't looking to promising anywhere we look. We mainly want to avoid the high pressure building up from the south, which would be lighter than what we where we're heading.
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