Archive For September 30, 2020

The smoke is back

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The smoke is back.

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Some months back I had several pounds of chicken thighs

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Some months back I had several pounds of chicken thighs

Some months back I had several pounds of chicken thighs. I cut them in bite-sized pieces, put on salt and sugar, then vacuum sealed them with a few cups of buttermilk and after a bit froze that. Today we let it defrost, coated the pieces in Panko breadcrumbs and fried them. I made a quick…

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First Run of Vingilótë’s Dual Integrels

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First Run of Vingilótë’s Dual Integrels

This week we are testing and tweaking the full retrofitted power systems. Today, after some updates from Integrel Solutions to let the massive amount of power (in the test run below ~300A at ~55V …) from the Integrels to the Lithium-ion housebanks. Not he that this is the first run and we expect to tweak…

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Vingilótë and Balance Catamarans and Integrel Solutions

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As promised in other posts, after the crossing we looked at our power systems. The solar worked, but 22 years of data on cloud cover, and calculating the length of the day and the sun angle shows that in the Salish Sea in January on average you get only about 8% out of your solar…

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Why Vingilótë does not have a generator

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Vingilótë does not have a generator. Though quiet, reliable, and safe, we looked at every aspect and looked at what would happen if it failed, as well as if we could do without it. One of the items that bit the dust in this was the Northern Lights 6kW genset. It saved us hundreds of…

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Balance Catamarans video on our cockpit and helm

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Vingilótë is hull #7 of the Balance 526. It incorporates 100+ changes from hull #6, some from previous owners, some from delivery skippers, some from discussions with the designers, Phil Berman, Anton du Toit, and Jonathan Paarman, some from being there a lot during construction and looking at how things were turning out, and many,…

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Balance Video on our Solar Panels

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Balance Video on our Solar Panels

Balance Catamarans did a video about solar panels that shows the design I did for Vingilótë: she has seven SunPower E20-327 panels, each on its own solar charge controller, mounted three and four in a raised composite frame. Why the SunPower E20-327 solar panels? We chose these panels because they are mono crystalline panels with…

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Indonesian dinner. Leftovers…

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Indonesian dinner. Leftovers…

Indonesian dinner. Leftovers, reheated sous-vide. Javanese spinach soup (spinach, ginger, peanuts, some minced cooked chicken mixed with corn flour and ketjap manis, Indonesian soy sauce, thickened with palm sugar and sliced). Javanese chicken curry, coconut based curry, cooked with a typical curry spice mix, plus cinnamon sticks, thickened with dry unsweetened coconut flakes, roasted, ground…

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Quick hack lunch. Sweated minced jalapeños…

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Quick hack lunch. Sweated minced jalapeños…

Quick hack lunch. Sweated minced jalapeños, shallots, and garlic, used to stuff a country-style omelet, topped with a bit of sour cream, and the rest of the stuffing on the side.

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My loves

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My loves

My loves

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