Sunset on the Baja
The Adventures of the Wasatch
When you reach the horizon, you're near  your journey's end
Ships Log
Boat Work
About the Boat
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Wasatchs two fuel filters and fuel pump
About the Boat
Shower Curtains partially deployed for drying in the Foreward Head
Forward Head
Hand Sprayer ready for taking a shower
Forward Head Ceiling, Curtain Track
The shower curtains tied back with a bungy cord
The shower design on the KP44 leaves something to be desired, compared
to many of the newer designs with built in shower enclosures.  My
improvisation was to install a shower curtain track on the ceiling to hang
two 6' x 6' shower curtains. When in use the shower curtains run from one
side of the formica around the interior to the other side of the formica and
overlaps about a foot in front of the sink.  The hand shower sprayer with a
trigger is a much more efficient way to conserve water than with the
standard shower head continuously spraying.  In the picture above the
holder is just that, to hold the hand sprayer  when it is not being used while
taking a shower.
The Wasatch has a fuel capacity of approximately 160 gal: starboard tank 55 gal, port tank 50 gal,
forward tank (under aft dining settee) 25 gal, and jerry cans on deck 25 gal plus 5 gal gas can.  
The tanks are 30 years old, but so far have held up well.  I had a continual problem with old and
dirty fuel plugging up the lines and fuel filters, even with repeated fuel polishing, until I finally
had service ports put into all of the tanks and the insides cleaned out thoroughly.  In Marina Del
Rey I also got into the habit of only having enough fuel in the tanks that I would use in two or
three months time rather than keeping the tanks fuel.  Making sure the deck fill caps were well
sealed, I never had a problem with water in the fuel from “condensation from a breathing vent
tube.”  Since I’ve been cruising I can fill the tanks up and use the fuel in a reasonable amount of
time. I have two large prefilters, to that if one would become filled with debris, I could switch over
to the other one.  I use my starboard tank as a day tank, as this tank historically has always
seemed to be the most clean and I have never had trouble with it.   Also it is located the highest
in the boat, so that if I need to bleed the fuel lines I have gravity helping me.  I also have an inline
fuel pump, so that at anchor I can pump fuel from one tank through either filter and into another
tank.  The fuel in Mexico so far has been surprisingly clean and I have not had to do this.    
Deck stored Jerry Cans
I built some fuel racks that are secured
to thru-bolted D-rings rather than lashed
to the stanchions.  Here I am using my
old 3/8 in. set up to siphon fuel into the
ships tanks.  I now have a ¾ in. 12 foot
hose which is much faster and reaches
to the bottom of the gas can without a
supporting stick.  Often if I can't fill the
tanks at a fuel dock, the fuel will be
delivered in large 10 gal plastic jugs.  
However, in the case where there is no
fuel delivery, I can use the five deck
stored jerry cans to ferry fuel to the boat
With all of the AC appliances,
computer work, TV usage watching
movies, and refrigeration my
electrical consumption per day is
often 150 to 200 AH.  The solar
panels and wind generator usually
don’t produce nearly this much.  
So the real workhorse for
recharging the batteries is this 8
kw Onan generator.  It has a
maximum output of about 60 amps
at 120 v AC.  My battery chargers
consume about 25 amps of this
120v AC output. The Heart freedom
inverter charger puts out 120
amps at 14.4v dc and the True
charger putting out 40 amps at 14.4
volts dc. So the Onan generator
needs to be run about 1 to 1 ½  hrs
each day to replace 150 to 200 AH
daily consumption.
The solar panels are mounted up
out of the way on the stern arch.  I
decided to go with the more
reliably attached fixed mount
rather than adjustable panels.  The
peak output for both will often
reach 12 amps.  An incidental
advantage is they provide shade
for the aft deck.
Xantrex Echo Charger behind the wire cables
Running out of space in the
engine room I ended up mounting
this Xantrex Echo Charger behind
some wire cables.  I was having
trouble keeping the engine battery
properly charged, either under-
charging the battery and not
having enough energy to start the
engines or over charging and
ruinning the battery.  The
echocharger is tied into battery
bank #1, and when battery #1 is
charging takes off just enough
electrical energy to keep the
engine battery properly charged.
Originally I had the switches below
wire so that I could switch either
the solar panels or the
windgenerator to battery bank #1
or #2.  However, for convenience I
usually have battery banks #1 & #2
connected together, so it made
sense to rewire the switches to
the engine starting battery.  Now I
can switch them between battery
bank #1 and the engine starting
If all my batteries would
accidentaly run down, I can switch
the solar panels and wind
generator to the engine starting
battery and more quickly charge it.  
And then fire up the AC generator
or main engine to charge the
house bank.
I have three battery banks.  Bank
#1(4 golfcart size AGMs-440AH)
and the engine starting
battery(12v 110AH) are in the
equipement room beside the
engine.  Battery bank #2 (4 golf
cart size AGMs-440 AH) is in the
bilge under the companionway
steps.   This is not the best set up  
because of the temperature
difference between the bilge and
the equipement room.  
Consequently battery bank #1 & #2
have different charging and
discharging characteristics.  But
because of space limitations, its
something I have to live with.