A solar panel install and our Daughter’s prom= same thing!

Interesting fact isn’t it! What do they have in common you may ask? At first glance not so much, but please follow me on this one!

  • First : The entire quest started at the same time a few months back. And I just finalized it today when I finally got two 235 Watts PV modules and our daughter got her high school’s dream day.
  • Peer pressure is a big one, and you have to know how to avoid the pitfall, hence choose the right material don’t just follow what everybody says. Luckyly for us one of our customer builds those and knows a thing of two about them. His analyze of different panel were simply eye opening.
  • Weather : We hope that in both cases the sun will be with us!
  • Memory : We will forget about this day quickly, but it will bring us some happy memories. Amps for us, and the first big party for prom day!
  • After? We will need to install some device downstream to harness the energy coming out. MPPT for one, and university for the other.
  • what’s important after all? The elements surrounding it are more important than the event itself! In other words it is the setup that matters the most, so we can get the best on one side; versus the preparation and “beautization” make the end result on the other.
  • Our friends : We needs friends to help with the project, in this case *K* is helping me with the framing system. And the village is helping us raise our daughter.
  • Money : In both cases, it’s expensive.
  • Lastly : We are very proud of they accomplish and will accomplish!

Now you see how a daughter’s prom and solar panel can relate? One more word, they both seem so tough on the outside, but are still very fragile. They do require lengthy learning process, lots of attention but in the end they make us who we are, and that’s what matters! So if you touch either of them you are in big trouble… You’ve been warned!!

On a more serious note, it was end of the month and budget/expenses files have been updated. Not a lot of action with our trip and visit. Plus we have done, what we wanted to do for comfortable coast cruising, I guess it’s time to go cruising, and boy do we need it!

Island 123th will take us to The Kerguelen Islands in French commonly Îles Kerguelen or Archipel de Kerguelen but officially Archipel des Kerguelen or Archipel Kerguelen, also known as Desolation Islands, are a group of islands in the southern Indian Ocean constituting the emerged part of the otherwise submerged Kerguelen Plateau. The islands are a territory of France. There are no indigenous inhabitants, but France maintains a permanent presence of 50 to 100 scientists, engineers and researchers.

The main island, Grande Terre, is 6,675 km2 (2,577 sq mi) in area and is surrounded by a further 300 smaller islands and islets, forming an archipelago of 7,215 km2 (2,786 sq mi). The climate is raw and chilly with frequent high winds throughout the year, but not severely cold compared to areas such as the outer Aleutian Islands of Alaska and the Faroe Islands.
While the surrounding seas are generally rough, they remain ice-free year-round. Since there is no airport on the islands, all travel and transport from the outside world is conducted by ship.

The islands, along with Adélie Land, the Crozet Islands and the Amsterdam and Saint Paul Islands are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands and are administered as a separate district.

They were discovered by the Breton-French navigator Yves-Joseph de Kerguelen de Trémarec in February 1772. Soon after their discovery, the archipelago was regularly visited by whalers and sealers (mostly British, American and Norwegian) who hunted the resident populations of whales and seals to the point of near extinction, including fur seals in the 18th century and elephant seals in the 19th century. Since the end of the whaling and sealing era, most of the islands’ species have been able to re-establish themselves.

In the past, a number of expeditions briefly visited the islands, including that of Captain James Cook in 1776. In 1874–1875, British, German and U.S. expeditions visited Kerguelen to observe the transit of Venus.

The Kerguelen Islands, along with the islands of Amsterdam and St. Paul, and the Crozet archipelago were officially annexed by France in 1893, they were included as possessions (in addition to that portion of Antarctica claimed by France and known as Adelie Land  as with all Antarctic territorial claims, France’s possession is held in abeyance until a new international treaty is ratified that defines each claimants rights and obligations) in the French constitution in 1924.

The German auxiliary cruiser
Atlantis called at Kerguelen during December 1940. During their stay the crew performed maintenance and replenished their water supplies. This ship’s first fatality of the war occurred when a sailor, Bernhard Herrmann, fell while painting the funnel. He is buried in what is sometimes referred to as “the most southerly German war grave” of World War II.

Kerguelen has been continually occupied since 1950 by scientific research teams, with a population of 50 to 100 frequently present. There is also a French satellite tracking station.

Until 1955, the Kerguelen Islands were part of the French colony of Madagascar. That same year they collectively became known as Les Terres australes et antarctiques françaises (French Southern and Antarctic Lands) and were administratively part of the French Départment d`outre-mer de la Réunion. In 2004 they were permanently transformed into their own entity (keeping the same name) but having inherited another group of five very remote tropical islands, les îles Éparses, which are also owned by France and are dispersed widely throughout the southern Indian Ocean.