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July has been a busy month for us, living in the RV while getting the boat ready to enjoy two months on the water. Come August; we set off on Vestri to liveaboard her exploring the waters of the Discovery Islands. Our truck and trailer will head off to the storage yard until mid-October, when we will swap our mobile homes for the winter.
I accomplished many mods and upgrades this month to the boat and RV. The RV got its entrance door spruced up with a brand new door lock, screen, and a broken hinge replaced. I also installed and tested an ActiveStart soft starter for the air conditioner.
The boat got its power plug and inverter/charger replaced with upgraded units and a new ActiveStart surge protector installed. Then there was a repair to the bow thruster power switch. But, most important to Anne, I replaced the old manual pump toilet with a push-button electric macerator type.
The month wasn't all work, though. We got away for several days on the boat over to a beautiful anchorage at Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island. On the trip over, we were treated to humpback whale sightings and watched a pod of Orca for about an hour. If you missed it, I published a video with some footage.
Also, check out Anne's and my tour of the new boat videos. Anne gives you a look at the boat's helm, decks, and living quarters and the things she likes about the ship. In comparison, I dive into the nuts and bolts of her, with details about the plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc.
That's about it for now. Yesterday we moved our stuff from the RV to the boat at a marina about 5 minutes away. In August, you can look forward to more boating adventure videos, plus whatever mods, upgrades, and repairs I get up to on the boat.
I'm still working out how to utilize more solar panels on the boat. I have a large 400W folding panel and just received from BougeRV one of their thin, flexible 200W Yuma CIGS panels. The CIGS panels look fantastic, and I'm eager to see how it performs. The 200W panel is only about 7 lbs and can be rolled up! Stay tuned...