23 February 2011
Solar panel in and getting ready for painting
The 1W panel seems to be perfectly adequate for keeping my battery topped up for weekend sailing. I currently just run a GPS and a hand held VHF radio from it. I am seriously thinking of installing a NASA Target depth sounder, with a small switch panel. That will draw more current, so we will see if the panel can cope with that.
One pleasant surprise. I have half a tin of International Toplac Ivory paint and half a tin of matting agent, both more than a year old. I had presumed one or other would be dried over and useless, but both are perfect. Not a sign of skinning at all. Mixing in the matting agent (which dulls the finish and looks really good) gives me a full tin, which should just about be enough for the superstructure this year. That saves me nearly half the price of the depth sounder... (it's economic calculations like that which lead to me not being in Forbes Rich List)