I've got a slew of Post-It® notes stuck at my navigation station, each listing one task that I plan on doing aboard Zanshin. Some of them have been there quite a while, luckily the sun doesn't turn them more yellow than they already are, but on of them looked pretty well bleached-out by UV so I finally started the task after breakfast: add a 12V fan to the compressor area. This fan, with power pickups from the refrigerator controller, will push air into the chamber where the two compressors are located and hopefully ensure that more airflow arrives, which in turn should make the two devices more efficient. I've had the parts aboard for a long time and gathered all the materials together and soon had the wires soldered and crimped and before I knew it the job was finished!
Basking in that feeling of satisfaction I checked my solar panels and found that only 5 out 6 were producing power. It took me about two hours to sort that problem out - at first I misdiagnosed that the MPPT controller was defective and replace it with my spare one, but that didn't solve the issue. It turned out to be a bad connection in the through-hull power leads and that is on my list to replace with something more robust once I'm in St. Martin.
After the work I dinghied to Cinnamon Bay in order to take a walk along the trail(s) beginning there. I did the short Cinnamon Bay Self-Guided trail through the ruins of an old sugar plantation and then took the more challenging trail up the hill to the ruins on America Hill. I needed the water this time, as the trail was steep and not in much shade. It was a good hike up to the top, although at the end of the trail was a sign warning “AREA CLOSED Dangerous Structure” and had I heeded it I would most likely have been the first person to do so - after that arduous hike nobody is going to be deterred by a sign when the area around the ruins have been cleared.
I put my camera into a waterproof bag and used the paddle board to go to Francis Bay, where I strapped on the sandals and went on a short and easy hike along the Francis Bay Trail and as I was on a roll with the camera I ended up taking too many pictures. With two hikes in new territory I ended up with a number of pictures that I liked, so today's blog entry has a plethora of pictures. I took many more and had to prune and delete the more uninteresting shots.

Additional Fan for Fridge I've added an additional fan in the area where both compressors are located to ensure adequate airflow and hopefully increase the efficiency of both devices.
(2016-04-03 09:12:39 NIKON D7100 [f/3.8, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Additional Fan for Fridge
Sugar mill Smokestack The smokestack at the partially restored sugar mill at Cinnamon Bay
(2016-04-03 11:25:42 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Sugar mill Smokestack
Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
(2016-04-03 11:29:46 NIKON D7100 [f/3.5, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
Plantation family graveyard While the sugar mill and plantation owners had above-ground crypts, the workers and slaves tended to be buried in unmarked graves
(2016-04-03 11:32:12 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Plantation family graveyard
Moss growing on a fallen tree This moss-covered fallen tree is on the self-guiding path at Cinnamon Bay in St. John
(2016-04-03 11:36:43 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Moss growing on a fallen tree
America Hill vista The ruins atop America Hill offer a splendid view of Maho Bay
(2016-04-03 12:14:41 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
America Hill vista
Nature takes over Nature has pretty much reclaimed this abandoned structure
(2016-04-03 12:16:59 NIKON D7100 [f/4.5, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Nature takes over
Area Closed I doubt that a single person has ever heed this sign - after the long hike up the hill nobody is going to be deterred by this sign from taking those couple of extra (careful) steps.
(2016-04-03 12:21:18 NIKON D7100 [f/11.0, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Area Closed
Zanshin anchored in Maho Zanshin at anchor in Maho Bay as seen from the ruins atop America Hill
(2016-04-03 12:15:06 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Zanshin anchored in Maho
Francis Bay ruins Ruined building along the Francis Bay trail
(2016-04-03 15:53:21 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay ruins
Francis Bay ruins The construction and architecture of this ruined house makes it seem quite modern and shows how fast mother nature reclaims her own
(2016-04-03 15:53:59 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay ruins
Francis Bay ruins The construction and architecture of this ruined house makes it seem quite modern and shows how fast mother nature reclaims her own
(2016-04-03 15:54:37 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay ruins
Francis Bay ruins The construction and architecture of this ruined house makes it seem quite modern and shows how fast mother nature reclaims her own
(2016-04-03 15:55:36 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay ruins
Path through the mangroves This wooden path elevates the hiker above the soft ground
(2016-04-03 15:40:32 NIKON D7100 [f/3.8, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Path through the mangroves
Francis Bay Salt Pond Only inches deep, this salt pond at Francis Bay provides sustenance to a number of bird species
(2016-04-03 15:43:02 NIKON D7100 [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay Salt Pond
Francis Bay beach This is the most distant beach on the northern shore of St. John and is consequently one of the most empty.
(2016-04-03 16:03:51 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Francis Bay beach
Paddleboard on the beach I use this paddleboard frequently to get ashore rather than firing up the engine on the dinghy.
(2016-04-03 16:03:37 NIKON D7100 [f/7.1, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Paddleboard on the beach
Maho bay Sunset Another day in the beautiful Caribbean comes to an end with a spectacular sunset
(2016-04-03 18:25:48 NIKON D7100 [f/5.3, 1/1600s] ISO 100)
Maho bay Sunset
   
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