Wahoo is its Own Little Village.
POWER is provided by our sails, a Yanmar diesel engine and a diesel Kohler generator and off the grid with our solar panels and wind generator. We get fuel along the way from marinas and fuel docks. Three solar panels were installed 2/14/14 - A great valentine present! A wind generator was added Sept 2015. House batteries collect and hold the power that is generated and we use that when neither the engine nor the generator are producing power. The freezer and refrig and most of our lights and fans run directly off the DC current but we also have an inverter that converts the power from DC to AC allowing us to run a microwave, computers and even a hair dryer. Wahoo has two Air Conditioners that can run off of the generator but we mostly just use them when we're in a marina.
WATER is carried in our two water tanks. A total of about 150 gallons. This feeds all the faucets onboard. We get water in the same way we get fuel, no watermaker aboard. The toilets just use salt water and they are connected to a holding tank which needs, well you get the idea.
|Fruit & veggie hammock|
COMMUNICATIONS are extremely important aboard and there are various ways that we do this, First is our VHF radio. We have one at the helm. We also have a hand held one as backup and to take off the boat when we take the dingy out snorkelling and exploring.
We also have a send and receive SSB aboard but do not have the modem necessary to use it for email. It's used for talking and listening to the various cruisers nets each morning. We can also get weather info during times when we cannot get internet and cellphone service. We subscribe to a weather and trip routing service by Chris Parker. He broadcast weather and vessel specific routing information over SSB. We're still improved our send/receive signal by installing a KISS antennae.
Our iPhones have a data plans with just a tiny bit of data to let us get email if we're away from an internet source. Whenever we have a WiFi signal we pick up email and surf the web using our onboard system. Our favorite VoIP is Viber as it works with our own cell phone number and can make calls or send texts for free to Viber subscribers or, for just pennies, to non-subscipers. We have an unlocked 3g iPhone that can use a local sim card when this is available.
|Dale in front of the bulkhead mounted iMac|
|Roy top of mast - WiFi antennae left of his head|
|Helm right to left|
VHF, Depth, Wind, Speed, Auto Pilot topped by Chartplotter
In addition we have a Raymarine Depth Sounder. These all "talk" to each other over Seatalk, a Raymarine protocol for its marine instruments to communicate with each other. By using a NMEA multiplexer this information can be used by other instruments. In our case it talks to our AutoPilot and in time will also talk to the macs.
|e7D Raymarine Chartpoltter|
We use MacEnc, a wonderful navigation program, to plot our overall course for each year's cruise. By attaching a usb GPS module to the computer it can also be used daily as a backup GPS to track Wahoo through its current course. As of now we still have to manually transfer waypoints from our Macs to the Raymarine chart plotter. Thankfully the MBP and the iMac can transfer waypoints between each other. The iPad acts as a repeater for the Raymarine Chartplotter and also has its own stand alone charting program called iNavics. Because the iPad can easily be in the cockpit it is a great backup should the main chart plotter go bonkers. (As it did on our trip in 2012 to Belize traveling down the Mexican coast).
|MacEnc on the MBP(macbook pro)|