Departing Falmouth

After 19 days everything was completed. The main repair was the windlass which had suffered a catastrophic failure. A new shaft and gearbox had to be airfreighted in from New Zealand. In addition a new engine room bilge pump was fitted, the grey water tank sensor replaced and the engines all had an oil change plus filters.

Modifications included an improved wireless system for the internet so that we can get shore side wifi out off the coast plus use a sim card to get internet off the coast while within phone range. The other major modification was the installation of another battery charger and modifications to the electrical distribution system so we can use the inverters to power hotel services in the Uk while charging the batteries at a better rate. This eliminates the problem of frequency with Kapowai being 60hz and the UK at 50hz. ¬†As built Kapowai can’t use shore power in the UK but we can now work round that.

MacDougall’s did great work. They finished at 1530 on Friday, by 1730 we were back on board with $900 worth of groceries and we sailed at 1800.

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