Generator, Curtain, Solar and overheating diesel on Encore

Posted By on December 11, 2016

Encore_SolarGenCover161205Wrapping up a weekend trip with a few photos tinkering aboard Encore. Some needed cleaning and a few improvements were the items on the agenda.

First up, I semi-fitted the new generator cage for the Honda EU2000i. I welded the aluminum up in the summer/fall and hope that once bolted in place it will keep the generator from walking away. I don’t intend to keep the generator on deck all the time, but having it handy will make recharging batteries and using higher wattage devices easier.

Encore_GenCover161205Currently the generator cage has been sized for the starboard aft corner, but I may end up moving it depending what happens with davits. Before drilling more holes in the deck, it will be a good idea to know just where I’m going to need to locate mounting points. (see current thinking)


My "Suzy Homemaker" attempt at sewing a single curtain has worked out well. It fits and looks decent … unfortunately I have too many to make now Here’s a photo before puckering the top (strings in the binding edge).


I’m still fighting with an overheating Volvo diesel engine … Encore_VolvoExhaustManifoldindicating that the new strainer and water pump impeller have not solved the problem. I’ll do one more thru-hull inspection prior to digging into the heat exchanger, etc.


On a positive note, I attempted to live as a "Twelve Volt Man" for the few days I was there and stretched the 3 – 105 amp/hr batteries for most of that time … with a little help from my "single 120 watt solar panel." I can feel an upgrade to more solar panels and maybe a MPPT controller in my future?


  Twelve Volt Man (One Particular Harbor) | Jimmy Buffett – 1983

"Twelve Volt Man"

I never got a grip in penmanship
Could never make those small l’s flow
Seldom found the trick to arithmetic
Three plus two be faux pas
But ask for some palm trees
Or tales from the South Seas

I never had the clout to knock one out
But hitting was the name of my game
Standing on third as the coaches conferred
So close to my first claim to fame

Just give me the steal sign
And I’ll make home plate mine
And I just might turn some heads

Sometimes I may get a little drastic
Sometimes I just let my feelings show
Sometimes I may be a bit sarcastic
Most times that’s the way the story goes

Now I know this Joe down in Mexico
He went there to work on his tan
For years he’s been plugged into blenders and songs
They call him the Twelve Volt Man

He don’t need no charge card
Just give him a die-hard
And he’ll make sparks fly round your head
Or just ask for some palm trees
Or tales fromthe South Seas
And I’ll make sparks fly round your head
Round your head
In your head
In your head


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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