Monday March 7, 2016 Jenner CA.
Looks like some wind today
The weather guys said it’d be a bit windy today, around twenty miles an hour, not too bad, but windy. I can handle winds up to about twenty five miles an hour, but usually don’t prefer to do so, except maybe in the summer when it’s warmer.
Of course I found that out last night before the power went off. It was still off this morning so I couldn’t get any weather updates.
I put my boat in the water with a little wind, maybe six or eight miles an hour, not bad. I paddled across to Penny Island and had one eye open for John, Ray’s brother, as I saw his truck in the parking lot and knew he was out kayaking somewhere.
Check it out
I decided to go down along the north edge of the island to it’s lower end to see what it looked like down by the river’s mouth. It’s had been raining so the river is up and flowing fast and muddy. Since I wasn’t able to check the tides on my computer, I wasn’t sure when high and low tide was.
This would be good to know as at this time, the estuary is backed up and high which makes things calmer on the water surface as it’s not flowing as fast as when it will go to low tide and let all the backed up water out into the ocean creating some pretty big ripples in the water when it does.
Ocean’s looking rough
I shoot the bull with these guys
As I paddled I could see John coming down the river pulling a big redwood board he had found on the river. It looked like a nice piece of wood. You can see it sticking out of the back of his truck.
He was shooting the bull with Terri. They are both fishermen, so the bull was really flying. :O) John talks a lot with his hands and arms too. I don’t recall what he was indicating, but it wasn’t a fish.
Headed up along the edge
They left after awhile and I decided to paddle up along this side of the river a ways and maybe cross over to Penny Island once I’d gotten far enough up above the spot on the other side. I wanted to let the fast current take me to the little channel on the upper end of the island.
Tunnels can be fun
Winds picking up and the tides turning
It looked like the wind was picking up and the tide was turning as the waves in the water were just starting to get bigger.
I decided to paddle up along this side and continued on to this point where the wind picked up to about 25, gusting to 35 miles an hour. That was my signal that it was time to head on back for the day.
The estuary dumps
I cautiously made it back to the boat ramp, going down along the edge and trying to stay out of that turbulent water as much as possible.
Back to the G19E golf cart repair
I pulled my boat out of the water and drove on home. I wanted a nap, but I knew my brother would like to have his golf cart back as he uses it heavily in his gardening.
So I got something to eat and then went out and set up my work area and slowly got into the repairman mode.
Start with a break
Once I had things all set up, I took a break to think about it for a bit.
I started by checking all the battery voltages as Mr. Ed suggested in comments yesterday. All the batteries checked out good and the full 48 volts was getting to the control box.
Control box socket
So next I unplugged the controller box socket and got out the electrical diagrams I’d made of the socket and started taking measurements of each pin to see if they were what they are supposed to be.
The nice thing about this socket is everything on the cart except the electric motor is plugged into, so I can check everything, all the switches and relays from this one point.
Plenty of power, but not to the relay
I started measuring and found all the power voltages present and was about half way through the socket when I found the wire that went to the main relay was open, not good. Oh, maybe good if that’s the problem. :O)
So, I tried to jump power from the battery to the relay and it still didn’t work. I removed the relay and checked the field terminals with my ohm meter and sure enough, the coil was open which meant it wouldn’t work.
I had checked that relay before
Now, I had checked this relay early on. I put power to it and it worked several times, so I thought it was good, but I think it was intermittent, so we had the controller rebuilt for four hundred bucks and they said it was burned up, but. I think that’s just what they said as the real problem appears to be this main relay.
However getting the controller rebuilt means we now knew we had a good unit so troubleshooting the problem was easier once we knew it was good. If I’d had the service manual I might have been able to test the controller, but without a manual, it was just an unknown black box.
We still have to get a new relay. When we do, we’ll put it in and see if that fixes things or not.