On November 8, 2017 a group of 18 Vancouver Island Fleet members from 10 boats met to hear a presentation by Al Kitchen and discuss the topic of DC electrical systems on offshore vessels. The presentation included an introduction to basic electrical principals, battery technologies, alternate energy systems, typical offshore set-ups, and power budgets. There was significant, helpful input from sailors within the group who had relevant experience with the topics being considered. With the new program of longer nights, after the break, we were able to move into a practical experience segment that touched on trouble shooting and testing out systems with a voltmeter.
Due to a scheduling difficulty on December 13 we will now be covering crossing bars / passage planning to Mexico, and the paperwork involved in clearing in and out. The Open CPN presentation is now scheduled for January 10, 2018.