More Power Problems

Another frustrating day with the boat. It is currently in a marina only about 3 miles from my house, and has a monitoring system that warns me (via email) when anything seems funny with the shorepower. It is 10pm here in Cabo, and I just received these two emails together:

Received Wednesday November 28 2007 at 3:50 AM GMT.
Battery voltage = 20.764 volts.
Shore power is disconnected.

Received Wednesday November 28 2007 at 3:51 AM GMT.
Battery voltage = 21.383 volts.
Shore power is Connected.

My interpretation is that the power went out, and the voltage dropped to 20 volts before the system alerted me — and, that the second email shows the power came back on. Hopefully that is the correct interpretation, because it is late, and I’m not in the mood to go out to the marina and investigate…

This is a somewhat serious issue, because my long term plan is to be able to leave the boat in strange marinas as we circumnavigate, and hope that the shore power can keep the boat happy while we are out of the country. I do have a seperate system which auto-starts the generator on low voltage, but have hoped I wouldn’t have to enable it. I don’t like the idea of a generator running when I’m not on the boat. Obviously though, I’m going to have to get over that (and, test the system to verify it works!)

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