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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pimping up the base!

We are now almost at the end of week 7 and we’ve seen various new improvements on base.

After many years of faithful service the engine on Ka’ay, one of our loyal and trusty dive boats, was finally retired and replaced with one of the spare engines from Punta Gruesa. We now have more horsepower for Ka’ay, speeding up the time it takes to get to and from the dive sites as well as letting her keep up with her big sister Vision.

A bad spell of weather has interrupted our dive schedule but has meant we’ve been able to complete the painting of the huts and cleaning up around base. The huts are now looking rather handsome after their new coats of white. The recycling area has also been cleared after our associates, the Amigos de Sian Ka’an, came and collected what we had been storing from our beach cleans and general waste.

The best news of all came last weekend. After a few, erm, technical issues we have new inverter connected up on base and are now once again running on solar power! The return to a renewable energy source has been welcomed by staff and volunteers alike as we move away from reliance on our gasoline fuelled generator.

That’s all for now. Until the next time.

Neil, Freja and Thalie.