Another thing I was able to confirm was my growing suspicion that something was drawing off Stan's starting batteries when the engines were stopped, which caused them to go flat after an extended stay in a marina. After 3 such episodes (Aqua Yacht Harbour, Panama City and Tarpon Springs - even after replacing the batteries), I decided to switch off the start batteries at Ft Myers for the duration of our stay. When they were turned on again, Stan started perfectly after 8 days sitting idle, without charging. This would not normally show up in a standard Silverton configuration as the batteries are always being charged when connected to shore power. I suspect it may be the Electronic Diesel Control, which remains energised while the batteries are switched on and is powered by Stan's batteries It is back lit but would not have thought that the lighting alone would draw enough current to flatten 2 start batteries in a week.
Tomorrow we leave for "home", but it feels rather weird as Loopy Kiwi has now become very much our home and there is a definite sense of "unfinishedness" about leaving her at this time. Hopefully everything will go smoothly when we return to sort out our affairs in NZ and we can get back pronto to continue where we left off.
Next stop NZ (via Ft Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles)....see you then and
HAPPY NEW YEAR