Kismet refit – Update 2

Dear friends,

time flies, but not fast enough apparently! We miss Kismet a lot and we are looking very much forward to the day she will splash again. On the positive side, her refit is proceeding at full speed. At this point all the major decisions have been taken (ok, a couple maybe are still pending) and as the new parts and some “toys” start to come in, the money starts to flow out! Here a long deserved update on the status of the various restorations and improvements. What would you like first? The bad or the good news? Ok, ok… in no particular order…

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Kismet refit – Update 1

Dear sailing friends,
Can’t believe it! It’s already almost four months since Kismet entered the Pier 12 shipyard to be refitted.

Since then a lot has been accomplished and many items are already off the list, but the bulk of it is still ahead of us. We have received almost daily good and bad news (where bad = expensive), paid visit multiple times and even had the chance to do our modest share of work. We are confident that Kismet is in very capable hands and that she is taken good care of. Every time we receive a new picture or an update, we feel a little closer to the moment we will sail her again, when she will be back in the water looking more beautiful than ever!

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Power inverter: how large is large enough?

Today I had the chance to answer a question on an Italian sailing forum from someone who was asking whether a power inverter he wanted to buy for his boat was “large enough” and how long would his batteries last if he would power this and that appliance. He was pleased with the answer and I thought this would make a nice blog article (yet another technical one!) so here it is.

UPDATE: online tool to size your power inverter available here.

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Sailing in Croatia 2014 HD – Episode 1 – Setting Sails

Dear Friends,

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate 1000+ subscribers to our YouTube channel than releasing the first episode of a new video series Sailing in Croatia 2014.

The moment you leave the safety of the dock and venture out into the open sea is the moment of truth. Is the moment you discover if you and your boat are prepared for what is ahead of you.

Thank you very much to you all for your wonderful support. We know some of you but the majority we never met (yet). Still your messages, comments, likes and even your critiques make us feel like family. Keep them coming! 🙂

Fair winds and following seas,
Marco and Desiree
s/y Kismet

Are your batteries properly wired? Ours were not!

Some time ago, while searching the internet for information on how to properly wire together 12V batteries in multiple banks, I stumbled upon this quite unique article by SmartGauge Electronics: How to correctly interconnect multiple batteries to form one larger bank.

The bottom line of that article is that there are commonly used ways to wire together multiple batteries in parallel, which would result in a current imbalance between them. In particular some of the batteries in a wrongly wired bank will end up providing more current to the load than the others and therefore will discharge faster. Also while being charged, some of the batteries will receive more current (and thus charge “more”) then the others, resulting in an unevenly charged bank. This imbalance between the batteries may lead to faster ageing and eventually a failure of the whole battery bank.

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