David Andrews, Sutherlin, OR asks:
Do you have some containers such as gallon jugs ...can you
fill some with water and place them in the freezer?
This will possibly give it some relief. The high start up load may be
the first sign of a compressor failure. I enjoy learning from your
trip and thanks for sharing it.
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Dave, you are right and is
something we routinely do. We have flat jugs and also use zip lock bags
full of water to stuff here and there. In this case we didn't do anything.
If the parts don't improve things we'll have to probably replace the
compressor, something we would rather not do in Tahiti. New Zealand would
be much easier. The compressor has been operating for nearly 7 years non
stop between commissioning, liveaboard before retiring and 6+ years full
time cruising so perhaps its time.