Boat Systems the Strait of Georgia

Dog Days of Summer!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009S.V. CAMBRIA

We arrived in Westview first thing this morning and David removed the alternator and walked 5 km to Vanderkemp Sales & Service LTD where they tested it on the bench. Unfortunately, it’s shot. The windings are gone and the diodes and rectifier bridge have been blown. Basically, the whole thing’s cooked and not worth fixing. Fortunately, they had a replacement on the shelf that they were able to modify, and David brought it back to the boat and installed it. He’s still not seeing any output, so an electrician will come out tomorrow to have a look.

In the meantime, we’re trying our best to stay cool during what’s turned out to be the worst heat wave in 51 years. It’s another extremely hot and humid day. The temperature is well over 93 with a heat index of 100 degrees and absolutely no breeze making the air suffocating. At this point, we’re wearing nothing more than our swimsuits and aren’t able to eat much. Sally’s suffering the most. She never fully lost her winter coat this year and is visibly stressed. To make life more pleasant, I hosed her down with water and tied her to the shade of the boat next to us. She wasn’t happy about the hosing, but is resting comfortably for the first time in days – we wish we could say the same!

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