Enterprise `pick you up` service and rented a car for two days. This enabled us to catch up on the family and attend grandson Teo`s birthday party held on the green in front of the house. Must be better than 25 kids running through the house. There are five of the grandchildren captured in the photo and they all have eyes on the cake.
We also attended the 60th birthday BBQ of family member Alan that went rather well with a very warm evening making the beer much more enjoyable.
So after visiting and staying the night at Bev`s, thank you darling, with three months post(mail) thanks JoJo/Kev we drove back to the boat.
The sunny days have been keeping the batteries topped up via the Solar panels and I never stop being overwhelmed by the amount of free power. Now as the sun was shining Jaq wanted to do all the washing and hang it out to dry. I decided to see how the battery voltage stood up to not having the engine running to keep them topped up.
The machine was set to a 32 minute wash and I monitored the battery figure. It was reading 14.2 when the wash started and during the run it never went below 13.28 or above 13.53.
Now some points to consider in this experiment;
The washer is a Candy Aqua which does not use the internal heating element as I have plumbed it into the boats hot/cold system. Now for the benefit of U.S. readers our machines in the UK have built in heating elements where as you across the pond use hot water from an external electrically heated tank.
The Solar panels add up to 345 watts giving around 12/13 amps. Reminds me I must fit the ammeter.
Our battery bank is 510 amp hours.
The picture shows the old White wind generator controller that has a maximum input of 100 watts solar plus the battery voltage reading. Below is the 20 amp MPPT controller for the larger solar panel.
So a successful trial but I did start the engine for the other two wash cycles and so still wonder if the solar could have done the second two washes. Something to do on a sunny afternoon.
So as I hit the publish button we are moored in a shady mooring and Jaq is cooking home made American burgers on the BBQ on what is a wonderful summers evening.