I've been having a problem with the battery status for quite a while now and couldn't figure out the problem. The Xantrex battery monitor has been consistently showing less availability than the bank actually has. Usually battery monitors will err in the other direction, showing more remaining capacity than the bank has; this is usually due to some electrical loads bypassing the monitor's shunt and similar causes, but in my case the monitor would show 100Ah less than what I actually had, causing me to run the generator when I really didn't need to and wonder why the batteries were charging with such a low current when they should have been charging with a high one.
I had asked online and I believe that the solution is that my Peukert's setting of 1.25 was incorrect and should read 1.08; this could account for the discrepancy. Unfortunately, I then needed to charge the battery bank to 100% in order to synchronize the actual battery state and the monitor setting, which meant I needed to run the generator almost 5 hours! (I don't think I've ever run it so long in one session before). Since generators do best when run under load, and the last 3 hours of charging were done under a very light load, I tried to use as much energy as possible, putting water in the now empty freezer and firing that up, making water until the tanks were full and then washing down the decks in order to use some of that water.
I did go ashore to pick up a couple of items at the store and was hit with some serious sticker shock - 250g of roast beef, a block of butter, some peanuts, a small Gouda cheese, a loaf of white bread and some wasabi set me back over $44. At least the roast beef was very tasty and the wasabi was a replacement for the horseradish that the store didn't carry. I am looking forward to provisioning in St. Martin, where the prices are a bit more humane.
Towards sunset I thought I'd get some of the rust from the stanchions in the cockpit area, where I hadn't yet done any polishing, and had barely started when Toddy (who, along with Susan, I've known for a couple of years and who is an instructor at the Rob Swain Sailing School) dropped by and invited me over to Contessa, a large ketch, for a sundowner and I couldn't refuse so headed out to their position in the anchorage, one usually occupied by Mangele, Michael Beans' boat. Mangele is currently on the hard for repairs, so that spot was open and is certainly more protected than my rather exposed position in the anchorage.
After too many drinks I dinghied back to the boat, decided to forego the Friday night Jumbies at Leverick and made a small dinner aboard. The night outside was too pretty to spend below decks or in the cockpit reading, so I switched off the lights and gazed at the stars until it was time to sleep, albeit the music from ashore was still rather loud despite the distance.

Sunrise over the Bitter End Another sunrise picture, what am I doing up so early?
(2014-01-17 07:01:32 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/4000s] ISO 100)
Sunrise over the Bitter End
Zanshin anchored by the cut Zanshin anchored off the Leverick Bay mooring field with the shallow cut between Virgin Gorda and the privately held Mosquito Island in the background with a catamaran going through. I could never make it and several catamarans and other boats haven't, either.
(2014-01-17 13:39:14 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Zanshin anchored by the cut
Big boys at Leverick Bay The infamous telephone booth at Leverick is dwarfed left and right by some impressive megayachts at the docks.
(2014-01-17 13:39:28 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Big boys at Leverick Bay
xantrex shows full batteries After running the generator for hours, the batteries are finally at 100% full and the Xantrex device is synchronized.
(2014-01-17 16:39:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/13s] ISO 400)
xantrex shows full batteries
Stad Amsterdam sailing in The majestic entrance of Stad Amsterdam through the channel into the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.
(2014-01-17 15:33:34 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/320s] ISO 100)
Stad Amsterdam sailing in
$44 of groceries The little grocery store at Leverick bay caters mainly to the charter boat crowds, and perhaps those staying at the resort as well. The prices are rather high, this picture shows how far $44 went.
(2014-01-17 14:07:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/14.0, 1/13s] ISO 100)
$44 of groceries
Fuel transfer The second fuel tank, I open up the valve when transferring fuel to the main tank and close it afterwards to prevent any flowback.
(2014-01-17 12:44:56 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/4s] ISO 100)
Fuel transfer
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