The mystery of the Honda Eu2000i and Xantrex MS 2000

Something didn’t sound right when we plugged in the Honda generator during our recent trip. It worked fine started well on only the second pull, but the electrical panel was only registering 65 volt and the battery didn’t seem to get charged. (mm.. you have to love the magic of electricity and the complexity of the modern boat!) This is probably one of the area in which I am not yet 100% comfortable, and still have to master on the boat, evidently it bugs me to the highest level. A challenge for myself, I will simply work to get the knowledge I need, it’s just too dangerous to not know.

So today, I checked the output at the source 127V after the first connection same at the end of the extension same. It seems that the problem is not around that side, but more in the magic boxes. When plugged in, I don’t get 110v plug to light up! As I am reading and researching online, I discovered that I am not the only one apparently, it has something to do with floating neutral and half power to each plug. It is pure Chinese to me and I do not wish to apply the solution of linking the neutral to the ground without the advice of an expert : “No thank you.”

This gets me thinking : I “admire”_ or rather shake my head in dismay_ at those who just buy a boat, drop everything and GO! a recipe for disaster if you don’t know all systems and have no time to acquire knowledge only when it’s already too late! You are constantly confronted to your own problems which inevitably at one point or another leads to fear and anxiety. Having said that it kind of reminds me : the first time we bought our boat (F18 Nacra)  we had never sailed before, and made some really stupid moves! Although in the end it did change our way of looking at life, and made us move decided on retiring early , really  “ignorance is bliss…” as they say!

So if anybody has knowledge in electrical, please let us know we are not the first ones and we would love to learn something new.

81st Island will bring us back in time, more precisely to the petro glyphs still surviving in the ancient village of Orongo, on Easter Island. No way *L* you did it before! its called cheating. Ok Ok!  Cocos Island it is then!

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia located in the Indian ocean, it consists of two flat, low-lying coral atolls with an area of 14.2 square kilometres (5.5 sq mi), 26 kilometres (16 mi) of coastline, a highest elevation of 5 metres (16 ft) and thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation. The climate is pleasant, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year and with moderate rainfall. Cyclones may occur in the early months of the year.

North Keeling Island is an atoll consisting of just one C-shaped island, a nearly closed atoll ring with a small opening into the lagoon, about 50 metres (160 ft) wide, on the east side. The island measures 1.1 square kilometres (270 acres) in land area and is uninhabited. The lagoon is about 0.5 square kilometres (120 acres). North Keeling Island and the surrounding sea to 1.5 km (0.93 mi) from shore form the Pulu Keeling National Park, established on 12 December 1995. It is home to the only surviving population of the endemic, and endangered, Cocos Buff-banded Rail.

South Keeling Islands is an atoll consisting of twenty-four individual islets forming an incomplete atoll ring, with a total land area of 13.1 square kilometres (5.1 sq mi). Only Home Island and West Island are populated. The Cocos Malays maintain weekend shacks, referred to as pondoks, on most of the larger islands.