Ever since our Gulf Stream Crossing, we have had battery problems. Not only did we need a new alternator but the batteries are not good and not holding a charge. We think we depleted them too much too many times. This has been plagueing Bruce as he has been trying to figure out how to procure large heavy batteries in the Bahamas. This means that now with the new alternator, we can charge our batteries but they deplete rapidly so we have had to be careful with energy consumption (not charging our devices, using our headlamps, and less cooking) at night when we don’t have solar power.
Well, on January 2 we dinghyed from the boat to Manjack Cay. We were told there was a cool hike from the bay to the ocean. This is an uninhabited island except for a couple who have built their home and a guest home on this island. In the past 28 years, they have also created a utopia plantation with gardens, paths (including the one-mile hike to the beach), piers, ponds, a coconut cracking station, boathouse, garden house etc. On the way back from the beach we were passing near their home and saw this.
Bruce went to the house and met Bill and Leslie. Turns out Bill recently replaced the 12 batteries he uses for his place. Some of them were bad but it’s best to put in all new ones so these were the 12 he didn’t use. There are only 8 in the photo because he gave us 4 good ones that we needed.
Who would ever imagine we would find decent batteries on this deserted island. Are we lucky or what???