So the number one project yesterday morning was to get our power and our laptop working again...
We walked over to the RV park where Chris and Juan are and Chris said that he had an old inverter that had gone bad on him. Oh, for those of you who don't know, an "inverter" is the unit that changes our 12 volt DC battery power into 115 volt AC household electricity.
Anyhow, I fiddled with Chris's old inverter but couldn't get it to work either. When electronics go bad, there's usually very little you can do but throw it out.
On their laptop, Chris and Juan looked up a Steren store in Mazatlan. Steren is something like a Mexican Radio Shack. We got the directions, and off we went.
So, we walked to the panga (water taxi), and went over to the city. We're getting pretty familiar with it now, and it wasn't long before we found the store. They had inverters in stock, but only a 600 watt model and a 200 watt model. I wanted the 400 watt model. But they were quite a bit more expensive than what you would pay in Canada or the U.S. and we have found that most electronics are more expensive here. Must have something to do with import taxes. They also had a power supply in stock.
We noticed from the surrounding stores that this was electronics parts section of town. There were at least five or six other stores that sold similar items, so we went of to shop around.
We did end up buying a 400 watt inverter, for 770 pesos ($62.00). Best price we could find, and beggars can't be choosers. Another shop had the power supply for Ruth's laptop, and at a very reasonable 225 pesos ($18.45). Including the original, this is the sixth power supply that we have bought over the years for this laptop. And the cheapest price, so we'll see how long this one lasts!
Got everything home and plugged in, and we're back in business. Not overly impressed with the inverter. The fan runs non-stop (using extra power, although very little) and the output is only 107 volts. The user manual says that it's supposed to be 120 volts. Tempted to bring it back, but then our only other option is more expensive!
Didn't take any pictures yesterday, so you'll have to make do with a few from the 24th that we never showed you. There were two different cruise ships in port that day.
The Crown Princess arrived just before 7:00am. This pic was taken out our front window!
Later that day, we went for a stroll. Here's Juan, Ruth, and Chris with the 3,080 passenger Crown Princess.
We were sitting at Colin and Contessa's for happy hour when the Crown Princess pulled out of port right at sunset.
Sure is huge! Look at the people on the extended viewing deck on the right side of the ship.
Have a good trip!