The solar panel marathon.

After work last night, I ran over to the marina with the solar panel and the adjusted cover. As *V* had worked nonstop to achieve that feast to have it on time, before I left.

Arriving around 9.30pm the atmosphere was not the usual week day, the festivity were going full blast. A boat was celebrating their Hawaii departure; others were having trouble finding their boat after some good time.

In the middle of this, I took of the frame replace the bolts and reassembled with the cover in place. By 12am I was in bed, and feeling good about the progress. In retrospect it’s a good thing I did, because the next day wouldn’t have been so fun and easy!

6am came early and I was up and ready at the crack of dawn to rock the solar world, although not before I gave a hand to our good friends *S&L* leaving their dock on a rather low tide. Let’s add that “L” got pretty lucky on that one. *S* thank you so much for the lentil dhal, one bowl made breakfast and the other lunch. It saves me from collapsing during the day of total exaction. My frame of mind was good, how long would it take to bolt down two panels, already pre-drill.

Well, it takes a long time for me at least. The genius that I am didn’t mark the way the panels were drilled. So some confusion ensued. Then some of the holes didn’t line up resulting in taking me 5 hours to secure the entire contraption. Only two bolts were dedicated to Neptune in the process. The minute I found myself thinking “those wrench better not drop” I decided to tie them to my trousers with some fishing line. But “experience” and strong focus paid off no tools dove in the water!

Another two trips to the local hardware store enabled me to perform the hooking process, and we had 23 Amp delivered instantly to the battery via the MPPT. What a relief 6 months of studying, designing, one of the long term project is put to bed. Next year it’s water maker time.

We don’t even have a picture of the finish product as I was so focused on going back to work and leaving the boat clean! You will have to wait a couple of days.

One of the hardest physical work day in a long time, climbing on the frame, seating on various perilous position was challenging but the result is rewarding. Now let’s hope it delivers “free” power for a long time.

All those efforts are rewarded with 2 islands, and this time for Island 161st and 162nd we will take you to Tristan de Cunha which is a remote volcanic group of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean and the main island of that group. It is the most remote inhabited
archipelago in the world, lying 2,816 kilometres (1,750 mi) from the nearest land, South Africa, and 3,360 kilometres (2,088 mi) from South America. Tristan da Cunha is said to be the “most remote inhabited location on Earth.”
The territory consists of the main island of Tristan da Cunha itself, which measures about 11.27 kilometres (7.0 mi) across and has an area of 98 square kilometres (37.8 sq mi), along with the uninhabited Nightingale Islands and the wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island. It has a permanent population of 275 (2009 figures).

Tristan da Cunha is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha which also includes Saint Helena 2,430 kilometres (1,510 mi) to its north, and equatorial Ascension Island even farther removed, grouping the British South Atlantic islands into one far-flung centrally administered aggregate.

On 4 December 2007 an outbreak of an acute virus-induced asthma was reported. This outbreak was compounded by Tristan’s lack of suitable medical supplies. The British coastguard in Falmouth co-ordinated international efforts to get appropriate medicines to Tristan in order to treat the virus. Tristan’s elderly population and the very young were most at risk; however, only four elderly people were hospitalized. Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessel RFA Gold Rover upon reaching the island with the required medical supplies found no emergency and the islanders in good general health.

On February 13, 2008, fire destroyed the fishing factory and the two generators that supply power to the island. Backup generators were used to power the hospital and give power for part of the day to the rest of the island. Power was on during the day and early evening and candlelight was used the rest of the time. On March 14, 2008, new generators were installed and uninterrupted power was restored. This fire was devastating to the island because fishing is a mainstay of the economy. Royal Engineers from the British Army are working on the harbour to help maintain it as everything comes and goes by sea.

On March 16, 2011, the Maltese-registered freighter MS Oliva
ran aground on Nightingale Island, spilling tons of heavy crude into the ocean. The crew was rescued, but the ship broke up, leaving an oil slick that surrounded the island, threatening its population of rockhopper penguins. Nightingale Island has no fresh water, so the penguins are being transported to Tristan da Cunha for cleaning. The Greek captain and his 21 Filipino crew stayed in Edinburgh of the Seven Seas and assisted the islanders in their work.