Posted on

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

An Embarrassment of Mangos
By Ann Vanderhoof
A great read!! Ann is a writer by profession (former editor of Cottage Life magazine and contributor to Port Guides) and put together a great story! We actually met these fun folks in Grenada back in 1996 when we were all exploring the island for the first time! We shared an anchorage with them and rode around together in Cat-Eye’s “maxi-taxi” for an overview of the island. A more positive-thinking couple would be hard to find, and the uplifting attitudes come through in her book. It’s a story of their journey from Toronto through the Caribbean, learning about their boat, meeting people and making friends. It’s a comedy. It’s a tale of island history. It’s a collection of island recipes she learned along the way. It’s also her personal discovery that boundaries and limits are set within our own minds and that we can pick them up and move them around any time we choose. The book defies categorizing and is even enjoyed by the guys!  John says, “If you have a special lady friend, and want her to go cruising with you, this is the book you should buy for her to read.”

$14.95

Posted on

KISS Slip Ring

For most installations, I don’t recommend that you add the slip rings, because you won’t need them and because of the extra cost.  The slip rings allow the wind generator to rotate on the pole indefinitely.  The way the KISS comes, there is a tether that allows the wind generator to rotate about 3 turns in either direction from straight ahead.  If you are in an anchorage, the boat will be pointing more or less into the wind most of the time.  It’s only when you are on the banks, a river or in a marina that the boat will be doing 360s.  However, if the wind generator is mounted such that it is difficult to get to it, then a slip ring would make sense.

The slip ring we use was designed for a moving conveyor belt in an assembly line.  It is a sealed unit with liquid mercury around the sliding contacts so that there is no arcing or radio frequency interference.  Also, there are very little resistance, no wear, and extremely long life.   Available installed on a new generator or as a solder-in upgrade to an existing generator.  $250  BUY NOW 

Posted on

KISS Spares Kit

One of the advantages to the KISS wind generator is that the spare parts are standard stuff available pretty much anywhere there is a city.  The bearings are 6203 metric, the seal is CR692683, or 17/30/7MM, the switch is 1 1/2 HP DPDT (also available at Home Depot), the rectifier is Delco #1971 987, and the collar lock is Home Depot # 436-251HC  We do have a spares kit so you you don’t have to hunt for parts when “repairing things in beautiful anchorages all over the world” (one definition of cruising).  KISS Spares Kit $80 BUY NOW

Posted on

SunDanzer Solar Refrigerators and Freezers

Sundanzer DCR50 Sundanzer DCR165SunDanzer Solar Refrigerators and Freezers

SunDanzer makes energy efficient, battery powered refrigerators and freezers that are ideal for solar and wind generator systems on large boats or on land. We use one of the small freezers (5.8 cubic feet) in our home.  It’s very energy efficient.  When the grocery store has a sale on meats or poultry (or whatever), I stock up the freezer.  When our organic garden produces more than we can eat, we process the excess & freeze it for later.  If a hurricane were to knock out the power grid here, we’ve still got the SunDanzer operating on solar panels and a battery to preserve groceries and to make ice.

SunDanzer units feature 4.33″ (110 mm) of polyurethane insulation and coated steel cabinets. The brushless DC motor compressor operates on 12 or 24 VDC. A patented low-frost system reduces frost build-up for low maintenance.

SunDanzer chest-style refrigerators and freezers are easy to clean using the drain hole at the bottom of the unit. With thick insulation and a refrigeration system optimized for solar, SunDanzer refrigerators and freezers provide outstanding economical and reliable operation. SunDanzer cabinets are commercially produced by one of the world’s leading appliance manufacturers.  Each SunDanzer solar refrigerator is carefully tested before shipment, to ensure every customer will receive a great product that they can enjoy for years to come!

There are two sizes each of the refrigerator and the freezer. SunDanzer recommends that my small freezer run on 190 watts of solar power and a 370 amp hour battery bank for a 4 day power supply, but we think this recommendation allows for a lot of safety margin.  Our friends at EcoFarm in Plant City, FL, have been running their large SunDanzer refrigerator on a single 60 watt solar module!

Features for All SunDanzer Models
Energy-efficient
Automatic operation
Thick polyurethane insulation
Lockable lid
Interior light
Corrosion resistant coated steel exterior
Patented low-frost system
Easy to clean interior
Low maintenance
DCR/DCF General Specifications
Voltage requirement: 12 or 24 VDC
Refrigerant: R-134a
Polyurethane insulation: 11 cm (4.33″)
Cable length: 2m (6 ft.)

There are four SunDanzer models available:

Model Number DCR165
Battery-powered refrigerator, 12/24V
Gross Capacity: 5.8 cu. ft./163 liters
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 36.8 x 26.2 x 34.5 inches / 93.5 x 66.5 x 87.6 cm
Shipping Dimensions (W x D x H): 41 x 31 x 39 inches / 104 x 79 x 99 cm
Shipping Weight: 125 lb. / 57 kg.
Units per 20′ container: 30
Units per 40′ container: 66 $1149 (plus shipping & tax where applicable)

Model Number DCR225
Battery-powered refrigerator, 12/24V
Gross Capacity: 8.1 cu. ft./229 liters
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 46.9 x 26.2 x 34.5 inches / 119 x 66.5 x 87.6 cm
Shipping Dimensions (W x D x H): 54 x 31 x 39 inches / 137 x 79 x 99 cm
Shipping Weight: 160 lb. / 73 kg.
Units per 20′ container: 24
Units per 40′ container: 54 $1249 (plus shipping & tax where applicable)

Model Number DCF165
Battery-powered freezer, 12/24V
Gross Capacity: 5.8 cu. ft./163 liters
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 36.8 x 26.2 x 34.5 inches / 93.5 x 66.5 x 87.6 cm
Shipping Dimensions (W x D x H): 41 x 31 x 39 inches / 104 x 79 x 99 cm
Shipping Weight: 125 lb. / 57 kg.
Units per 20′ container: 30
Units per 40′ container: 66 $1149 (plus shipping & tax where applicable)

Model Number DCF225
Battery-powered freezer, 12/24V
Gross Capacity: 8.1 cu. ft./229 liters
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 46.9 x 26.2 x 34.5 inches / 119 x 66.5 x 87.6 cm
Shipping Dimensions (W x D x H): 54 x 31 x 39 inches / 137 x 79 x 99 cm
Shipping Weight: 160 lb. / 73 kg.
Units per 20′ container: 24
Units per 40′ container: 54 $1249 (plus shipping & tax where applicable)

Sundanzer Website