It all started in Bali. The day after leaving Bali, I started coming down with a cold. Five days later, after arriving at Belitung, my cold mostly went away. But, Karen got it. We both had vestiges from that cold for a week or more. Meanwhile, friends of ours on another boat had a horrible cold a couple weeks before our Bali one. We met up with some cruisers who had been around them, and they had just contracted that cold. Sure enough, this time Karen got the new cold first, and now I have it. Neither of us is feeling like doing much right now. This is really unusual by the way, normally during the cruising season we rarely pick up colds. But, we have been in some big tourist destinations (like Bali) where people are bringing bugs in from all over. Probably the source of our problems.
But, some boat chores must go on. We have another kind of cold to be worried about. We discovered recently that our air conditioners on the boat have a problem with local marina power. Tahina internally runs on 115V/60Hz system just like in the US. We have a special inverter that can take 230V systems and convert it to our 115V. However, it does not convert the local 50 Hz frequency to 60 Hz (that would require a big piece of machinery that costs a lot). Most of our electronics on board can handle either 50 or 60 Hz. We assumed this applied to our A/C. But, our water pumps for the A/Cs shut themselves down a couple times here, so I looked at the specs. Sure enough, they are 60Hz ONLY pumps.
Several of the other boats here in the marina had found a supplier of reasonably priced A/C units. So, yesterday we took delivery on one. I managed, despite the cold, to finish installing ours in our vertical window in the aft of our salon. However, I need to get a marina-quality extension cable to run the power to shore (since we don’t have 230V on board). Then we’ll be able to run the A/C without running our generator again.
Why is this important? Well, we are just 1 degree off the equator here, and it is monsoon season. The temperature gets REALLY hot in the afternoon until the afternoon monsoon cools things off.