THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ OUR DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO.
Today we needed to make water, and that requires running our generator to run our CruiseRO water maker. During this time, we take serious advantage of having excess power and go nuts:
– Run laundry. A LOT. We did five loads today because we had put off washing the guest towels and sheets. While we could run the wash only cycles off our batteries, we prefer not to. One of the issues we ran into while at Saint Peter’s was that it was cold and rainy, so we couldn’t line dry our laundry. Our washer/dryer combo enabled us to dry while running our generator, but just barely. If we had anything else using power, our inverter was unhappy. However, now that we have gorgeous weather, we were able to line dry everything today.
– Enjoy hot water. The hot water heater only heats water when either the generator is running or the port engine is running. In the Caribbean it’s no big deal because we usually take cold showers, but here, it’s chilly enough to need some heat. It’s kind of a vicious cycle actually; we take less showers because it’s cold water, but because we are taking less showers we use less water and therefore run the generator less often. Regardless, with the generator running for several hours to top off our water tank, we take full advantage by doing full showers, shaving, and any other personal hygiene that is better with hot water. For example, I cut David’s hair today!
– Charge devices. Not only are we topping off the water tanks, but the generator pumps power into our battery bank. We also plug in items that don’t need charging all that often, like our kindles, electric toothbrush, and my clarisonic.
We have been enjoying our time so far in the lakes. Tomorrow we are moving, but keep an eye out for the next blog post detailing our first few stops in the Bras d’Or lakes!