|Battery cover is elevated to clear the battery terminals. It's a good place to sit while changing the impeller on the raw water pump. Finisterra is equipped with six 6V deep cycle battery and a single 12V starting battery.|
I also finished the installation of the solar panels. They are mounted on a stainless steel tube on the aft end of the bimini and secured in place with Magma barbecue mounting brackets. This way I can adjust them through a range of about 120 degrees to align them with the sun as needed. The Magma brackets make it easy to remove the panels if necessary.
|Juice from the solar panels is routed through a GoPower charge controller mounted on the aft bulkhead in the quarter cabin.|
|Nothing beats a good place to sleep when you're underway.|
|Pulsors are about 3 inches long and can be mounted almost anywhere.|
|The companionway sill on the B423 is high enough that it's easy to bark your shins when going below. This little seat makes that a thing of the past.|
|I set the height of it so that a standard square boat cushion works perfectly for it.|
|Vesper XB8000 wifi enabled AIS. receiver/transponder. Very cool!|
|Pedal powered and quite civilized, the little Hobie has earned a place aboard Finisterra|
The boat comes with a paddle for emergencies, or if you want to go really fast you can pedal and paddle at the same time. But I found it to be perfect for relaxing jaunts around Alamitos Bay and I look forward to cruising it in far off places as well. The propulsion system is easy to install and comes with its own storage bag. The hull weighs about 45 pounds and fits neatly in the starboard cockpit locker when it's deflated.