So our little visit to the lovely island of St. Helena has extended rather longer than hoped. We had a bit of mechanical issues on the way here: two days out from Cape Town the pin securing the autopilot to the rudder sheared off. We improvised a replacement out of nuts and bolts we had on board (thanks Edwin for ensuring a supply of miscellaneous hardware) which actually worked quite well. The kind folks at Nexus arranged for a replacement to be sent to us here on the island.
And, a few days out of Cape Town, we noticed that our alternators aren’t charging the ship’s batteries. The solar panels are charging fine, and we weren’t running the engines much, which is why it took us a while to notice that they weren’t charging. Again the folks at Balance and at Powersol have been very proactive about helping to troubleshoot remotely, spending hours upon hours walking us through various tests and alternatives. It appears that the alternators have both, inexplicably, failed. So, they’re shipping a replacement alternator to us here on the island.