Work first, play after
Yesterday, we made a quick addition to ZTC’s nav(igation) station, a Blue Sea Dual USB Charger Socket. I first saw this device mentioned on Distant Shores’ blog and given that I think having to work with cigarette lighter plugs is absolutely ridiculous, I knew that, if this worked, it would be a real gem. We immediately went looking to buy a couple of them at Budget Marine but found only one remaining on the shelf. I came to learn that was because Paul and Sheryl purchased all the others for themselves! 🙂
The installation was straight forward. Cut a hole* and run a couple of wires to the electrical panel. The product works as advertised and will even charge an iPad which, I understand, has higher power requirements than iPods and many other USB devices.
When I mentioned this product on our Facebook page, a friend asked if it could be installed in the cockpit. My initial thought was no but after reading the product description, it seems possible. As ours is in our nav station, it will remain nice and dry. If it doesn’t, believe me, we’ve really screwed up!
- Note: A Hole Saw Set would be good to keep on board. We have an inexpensive one like this and it does the jobs that I require it to do, like cutting through fiberglass bulkheads.
Keeping the Fun:Work ratio in proper alignment, after we completed that little job we broke out our windsurfer again, finally! Some of you may recall that we received this board for free from our friend John. Unfortunately, the board’s universal joint, a part that we knew was not long for this world, broke our first time using it. In fact, it broke before I even had the chance to try the board!
After several trips to see Jeremy at Trellis Bay Watersports on Tortola, we managed to get it repaired. Thanks for your help, Jeremy! Like any new skill, this will obviously take some work. I was starting to get the hang of it by the time we were through and I only managed to swallow or inhale a few gallons of sea water. Rebecca, having windsurfed some as a youth, took to it much more quickly. You can see in the pics below just how much more comfortable she looks on the board than I do. We’re looking forward to getting back out there on the board again today.