Nov 20 2012 By Natasha Gorbert-Hopkins
Today I wanted to get some writing done, but my laptop was out of battery. In a house I would have just plugged it in but unfortunately this is a boat, and nothing is that easy.
Our normal, everydayelectricity is 12-volt and runs off what are essentially carbatteries: we can use this to power lights and stereos, but nothingrequiring too much wattage, like my laptop or a hairdryer.
For mains electricity,we have a little portable generator. This sits just inside our frontdoors when not in use, and if I want 240v electric, I have to carryit outside and make sure it has enough petrol to run, before pluggingit in to our electric system.
This morning I pickedup the generator and opened the door, making sure that the lock wason the catch so I could get back in again. I set it down on the bank,checked the fuel, and pulled on the cord. Success: it started up, andI sorted out the cables.
Stepping back on thefront of the boat, I realised with a shock that the door was fullyclosed. I slid my fingertips into the gap at the top and tried topull it open. Ah, it was stuck shut. I must have forgotten to flickthe catch. Damn.
I went to the back ofthe boat: there was a technique my dad had told me for getting intothe back doors, but I couldnt for the life of me remember what itwas. I pulled and pushed, but the doors remained stubbornly shut.
Locked out and longing for the loo! Part two coming soon.