As we told you before, an unknown person hurt Herbie a lot, while he was on his ship going from Veracruz, Mexico, to Cartagena of the Indies in Colombia.
That person not only broke his lid lock, he also tried to open the front hood, turned on the windshield wipers, the ignition and other electric consumers and left them all on.
He left all of those features on and caused a huge damage. The generator and the regulator got grilled. Here you can see photos. Imagine how that must feel!
We spent again the whole day trying to fix all of these damages. Domi even had to take all the necessary parts within the engine bay apart because we found another problem.
Such regulators normally last forever, except somebody is trying to make barbecue with it. Hopefully we can fix everything by tomorrow in order to hit the road again.
Nonetheless it was all in all a pretty nerve-wracking and very cost-intensive day for us. After that we’ll get in touch with our ocean carrier and ask for redress.
Many thanks for all your comments on the articles about our odyssey! We hope we’ll be able to be ready to leave Cartagena on Tuesday. We just have to get a new regulator…
hab ich mir doch gleich gedacht, das das Rückstrom-Relais im Regler festgepappt war…
Hört sich jetzt vielleicht ein wenig blöd an, aber war vielleicht sogar ein wenig Glück im Unglück, immerhin besser als wenn das ganze im südamerikanischen “Kongo” passiert wäre…
Kontaktiere doch mal den Kollegen von dem mexikanischen Käfer-Club,
der kann dir bestimmt ne Adresse sagen, an die du dich wenden kannst wegen einer Ersatz-Lichtmaschine. Oder Zumindest ein Gehäuse… Normalerweise gehen ja nur die Anker kaputt…
Hoffe, das Ihr das alles bald hinter euch habt,
Denke an euch!
so long, ANDI
You have certainly been in our thoughts these days. Hard to imagine all this happening. Almost a remake for Herbie. What a bad experience just as you were on the last continent of your remarkable journey. Ed meanwhile is working hard to meet all the regulations so that Stewball can be on the NY to Alaska rally in May. Mud-flaps. The front ones are the hard part. Rear ones already on. We have never been required to have these. I see Herbie has them. Janet and Ed
Get well soon Herbie, and I hope the person who did this get punished…..