2019 was dammed good but the world will remember 2020 as the year it all changed. I’m talking about changes in electric powered things versus fossil powered things. For 2020, vehicle manufacturers are featuring electric vehicles with an unbelievable, 1000 km range! That’s further than most fossil powered cars go! An electric car has 17 […]Read more "ESPcat 2020 The Year It All Changes"
Few women will go anywhere where there isn’t a flush toilet. But that’s not all I have learned about life aboard the ESPcat (Electric Solar Powered Catamaran). Women don’t like taking a crap in their solar powered toilet, if they can’t lock the bathroom door. I am sharing this important information with you Blog Buddies […]Read more "ESPcat Important Things"
In 1953 the Korean War ended with an armistice agreement. The last of the war veterans returned home and I was just a youngster in primary school. Three of the vets who had been radio operators during the war, decided to get their Amateur Radio licenses. Remember that back in those days, radio was on […]Read more "ESPcat Marine Radio"
Those of you don’t know me may not realize that I am incredibly brave. Brave, that is, unless I am more then a couple of feet off the ground. Above 2 feet, I become a total coward. I’m talking really frightened here. No, that’s not it. Actually I get scared shitless! See that pulley on […]Read more "ESPcat Going Aloft"
It’s dead, low water and the tide is turning. Borderline is one of the lucky ones in that she only draws about 0.25 meters of water and depth at her mooring never gets less than 1 meter. I am getting a good look at some of the other boats that are usually hidden. As you […]Read more "ESPcat Electric Tipping Point"
Is it reasonable that we are more worried about keeping our bottoms clean than we are about climate change? Should we be panicking like little Greta Thunberg or should we take a more laid-back approach like us boys at the boat club, pulling our boats out for Spring bottom cleaning. Gallagher and I just had […]Read more "ESPcat Keeping Your Bottom Clean"
Cleanliness is next to godliness so being a heathen, I decided to install a hand basin in Borderline’s toilet as my only way of getting closer to the Magic Guy in the Sky. As you can see, this installation requires precision cutting which, unfortunately, I am not very good at. Nevertheless, I am going for […]Read more "ESPcat Clean Cut"
I have managed to take heat from the sun and turn it back into heat! Not everyone can do that. It turns out that there is indeed spare power left over from the twin 100 watt solar panels that operate the under bench refrigerator. I decided to put that spare solar energy to work running […]Read more "ESPcat Solar Microwave"
Yes this shag is fully charged. I know because moments after this photo was taken, he discharged right onto the wharf! These guys have been a bit scarce over the winter with only the occasional shag in evidence. Now that spring is just around the corner (3 days) they are back. I suspect the warm […]Read more "ESPcat Fully Charged #fullycharged"
See how happy Borderline looks, floating with her friends. We have had some beautiful weather lately but quite cold here in Auckland. And what’s really cool is that the latest version of the Solar Generator V3 appears to be working well and keeping the refrigerator cool in the safe range. With the cold weather, the […]Read more "ESPcat Floating Among Friends"