If your remote battery charger panel suddenly shows a red fault light, drop everything and figure out what’s up.
When we returned to the boat, we assumed the stinky smell was coming from the bilge and we were partially correct. However, as I was writing the stinky bilge post, the True Charge+2 remote battery charger panel behind my computer screen suddenly shifted from normal lights to a red fault light. And the smell intensified.
David opened the engine compartment, climbed in and the engine starting battery was red hot and SMOKING!
YIKES, this is a new challenge! It’s a lead acid battery, new in Panama in 2009, and luckily, isolated from the rest of the system. But in the meantime, it was literally smoking — maybe they call it “off-gassing” whatever.
We got the battery out of the boat immediately. But what would have happened if we hadn’t been sitting right here? If David hadn’t been watching football and I was writing a post on the bilge stink. What might have happened if we had stayed for the weekend at my Dad’s? Would the boat have burned to the waterline?
Oh my goodness, that was SCARY! Everything is working correctly now, or at least it seems so.
Living on a boat is a lot of things, but it is NEVER NEVER boring! Now we can catch our breath, go take a shower and resume our Saturday afternoon.