MORE SOLAR, MORE POWER! I wanted to upgrade the Davits to reinforce the structure so I can carry my surfboards… and install another solar panel!! https://www.sailingnandji.com/
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In this episode of Sailing Nandji, I have been going on about upgrading our stainless davits so I have a place to carry my surfboards, but this is not the only reason for the upgrade. The structure was only attached through a series of clamps and not welded strong so I wanted to reinforce the entire area to spread the load of the dinghy when it is hoisted.
On top of the davits is an array of solar panels which help to power our boat as we 100% rely on solar for charge. When we first bought Nandji 5 years ago, these 3 old 80 watt panels were fixed to the davits, whilst they provide small amounts of power, this space can be better utilised to harness more energy. With the dimensions of the solar panel in hand, I came up with a design to complete our new davits. The only problem is, explaining this to someone who speaks a different language…
With no sailing experience, we bought a yacht, got it blue water cruising ready and set off from Australia sailing to the Pacific! We have since cruised through New Caledonia, Vanuatu, the Solomon islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and then onto the boat yard in Malaysia to prepare for the years to come. With a new engine, we continued onto Thailand, then back down into Indonesia and specifically West Sumatra to live the island life and chase the surf. With our Sailing plans changing, we returned to Thailand to wait for the weather and begin our journey to the northern route of the Indian Ocean to Sri Lanka before heading south across the Indian Ocean once cyclone season has finished and the trade winds begin! We were on our shake down sail when the mooring we were on failed and our home ended up on the reef. We saved the old girl and got her back to the boat yard for repairs to continue on our adventure! Ready to sail across the Indian Ocean, we were only days away from leaving when the pandemic begun closing countries around us… We are stuck for now, but enjoying the slower pace as we have just had our first baby, born overseas!
We departed the east coast of Australia in July 2017 and have since sailed over 10000nm offshore. We have explored some amazing countries and met some beautiful people along the way. We have experienced so many different and diverse cultures, dived pristine reefs, surfed solo in the middle of nowhere, spent weeks at sea, dealt with storms, big waves, strong winds and had the time of our lives doing it! The adventure is just beginning as we sail West with the trades around the World!
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