Monday, July 22, 2019

Refer Thermostat Hacking

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Frozen Beer!

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The Freezer is NEW!


The thing with the blue knob is the thermostat

In the back the thermostat sensor wire is clamped to the Evaporator Plate.
Sensor Wire and Clamp

Instruction Diagram

I made 1 and 1/2 turns on the sensor wire before clamping it.
My first attempt

After reducing the number of turns on the sensor wire the thermostat works.

Bad and Good

Refer Hack!

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Tenacatita and Barra

Wild water near Tenacatita anchorage



NW Winds
In NorthWest winds we stay in Tenacatita

SE Winds
In SE winds we move to La Manzanilla

A group of Jack Crevalle are down there


Big Jack

Going for a dingy ride up the river


This Heron just kept going in front of us

At the Hotel we stopped for a look.

These horses are for hotel guests, they ride on the beach.

Back at the mouth of the river

We can watch Wings tucked in behind the point.

Judy comes out of the surf

The Restaurant Vena

Judy with a Margarita


Back in Barra Lagoon, ultimate peace

Ready to BBQ

Chilis and scotch
After I seared the skin on these Judy removed the skin and stuffed them with rice, cheese, almond crème sauce and more (secret) and dipped them in egg white before frying. Delicious! Sorry we didn't get a photo of the finished product, but we were too busy eating them. Yummy

Chicken Breast

Judy is below deck

Barra Lagoon

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

La Manzanilla

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Anchored in La Manzanilla

From here we view the ocean

A line of rocks between us and the open sea

These rocks break up the swells

We are tucked in behind the headland

This is a corner of the bay at La Manzanilla. The headland and the rocks protect us from S and SW winds. The town behind us protects us from SE winds. But we are sort of in a tight spot, and it's open to the East

Boys every where like the water

The pretty town of La Manzanilla

La Manzanilla

We refill these water bottles
In the summer we drink about 3 liters of water a day per person. When we're anchored out we run the watermaker and put it directly in these bottles and one or more 5 liter bottle. Our little Pur 35 watermaker, which we've had since 1993, only puts out 1.3 gallons so we have to run it over 1 hour every day. In port we buy water. It's too bad that most of the marinas don't provide potable (drinkable) water. They charge us for it, but caution against drinking it.

19.5 degrees F.

The refurbished refrigerator gets plenty cold. We've had to shuffle things around to keep the refer box from freezing while making sure that everything is the freezer stays frozen. I've also found that the compressor can only reach a certain temperature. If we set the thermostat below that the compressor simply runs full time, chewing up lots more electricity. Now we have set the thermostat at #4.5 which keeps the freeze at 21F degrees and the outside at about 40F.

Sunset in La Manzanilla

It is still and dark inside Wings' cabin.

Instrument numbers

When the wind hits the first thing is to get the instruments turned on. Judy and I have, over the years, come to rely on the numbers. The digital readouts don't mean much to many people but to us they are like a sixth sense. With these numbers we instantly have a total perception of what is happening.

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