Battery Charger Saves the Day!

A portable battery charger has saved our day over and over … and over. Don’t be without one!

12v Charging Electronics on the Water or Road

Figuring out how to power my MacBook Air, our phones and other gadgets with 12 volt plugs we had added to the travel trailer (already in the boat), was a challenge! So far, so good!

10 Years Later … Outfitting For Cruising

David on the bow, Lighthouse Reef Atoll, Belize

Cruising gear: what works for us and the spare parts we’ve used and now will need to replace. Here’s some of our gear & what we think after 10 years, hopefully it’s helpful.

Easier Way to Get Batteries On or Off Boat

Changing out a house bank of batteries is never an easy chore – always requiring heavy lifting and sometimes from contorted positions under the cockpit.

House Battery Bank Dead Again?

Battery life aboard a boat is almost as big a discussion as which anchor to use. But unlike anchor selection, you usually don’t have to replace it an average of every 5 years.

Refrigeration Surprise: Half the Amps?!

On most boats, refrigeration contributes more to daiily amp consumption than any other single item. So imagine our surprise to learn we could cut our amp consumption in HALF for our Adler Barbour ColdPlate! And it seems to be working!

New Best Cockpit Light! Solar! Under $15!

WOW! A new solar light that lights up my whole cockpit for dinner and costs less than $15! More here….

Protect Exposed Boat Wiring

Each year when we arrive back at the boat, it seems the exterior exposed wiring – especially to our running lights, bow and stern, was corroded and the lights wouldn’t work.  So one day, when David is standing on the dock at Shelter Bay Marina in Panama with his trusty wire brush getting the corrosion […]

Why Exactly Do We Need ANOTHER Battery Charger?

Spare parts and well thought out plans to compensate for almost anything that temporarily (or permanently) takes a vacation while we’re out cruising is a mantra on Winterlude.  So many times, commuter cruisers that have a limited amount of time — even as long as six months — “waste” so much time heading back prematurely […]

How To Calculate Amp Usage Aboard a Boat

Getting a handle on how much energy your boat uses can be daunting … but it’s a necessary evil before you can figure out how much alternative energy you need (solar, wind, water turbine). We screwed it up, do your homework first!