The alternator and the alternate reality story
IF IT AIN'T BROKE...DON'T FIX IT!
Let the Repairs Begin #1
We pulled the alternator and had Brian Symonett fix it with his spare parts taken from other alternators. We re-installed this jury rig repair, and guess what? IT WORKED GREAT! So, we ran that repair for about a week with ZERO problems. It was all OK.
Let's make it BETTER!
Most of the NEW Parts are InstalledBrian rebuilds the alternator now with the new parts...EXCEPT....he can't press the new diode into the case because he does not have the proper tool or press, so he decided to keep the original ones. OK, that is fine, "whatever you think is best." Now with the new parts installed, we install the alternator back on Island Spirit...
POP goes the DIODEPOOF....it blows up within the first 10 minutes of running. She starts to output power at about 50 amps, all is fine, voltage is proper at 14+ volts, and then after about 10 minutes of heating up the alternator, I increased to 2,000 RPMS. That is when it blew the diode. Now she would only put out about 7-10 amps and no voltage! WHAT?
Maybe MY wiring is bad!OK, it must be my field wire, right? Unfortunately you can not work the field wire unless you pull the alternator, so off it comes again. I double check the field wire, it is all OK, the connections are OK, it is all fine on my side. I reinstall the alternator and run it again. NOPE, no power...
Off it comes AGAINSo, off it comes again, now back into Brian. He takes it apart, and YUP...."you blew up a diode!" You mean the brand new diode plate I flew in for lots of money is blown? YUP! OMG....OK, then will you please rebuild it again with the car parts that you used last time? OK, I need to run home and get these parts, and I will be back to finish it by 2pm.
Brian Rebuilds it a THIRD TIMEBrian takes the alternator apart for a third time and rebuilds it BACK to the way he fixed it the first time with standard car parts. Back we run to the boat, re-install the unit and sure enough, IT WORKS JUST FINE. It works just like it worked the FIRST TIME it was fixed. So, we now have brand new parts that are blown, and worthless, and we have an alternator with a jury rig fix. Good enough, because we are taking off for FLORIDA!
The Cost to re-Learn Rule #1
1. First Rebuild: $95.00
( it worked just fine after this)
2. Buy Proper parts: $150.00 (AmplePower.com)
3. 2nd day Air: $45.00
4. Bahamas 45% Duty $87.00
(you pay duty on the shipping as well!)
5. Rebuild #2 $90
(this was with the new parts, most of them!)
6. Rebuilt it BACK to the first rebuild FREE, yahoo!
Total Spent = $467.00.
A brand new alternator is $500
OK, that was FUN....
Now it is TIME to begin the run for FLORIDA. We will be departing HOPE TOWN for points north, then around the WHALE, then into Green Turtle, Spanish Cay to Great Sale Cay, to West End to Florida. This could be a 3-4 day run....
|The Hope Town Lighthouse at Daybreak....peaceful|