He saw bio-luminescence, in the water, fuel and bilge looked fine, but about an hour in realized that the battery was reading dangerously low. He spent the next few hours troubleshooting, but it seemed that the inverter was not passing power from the engine to the batteries.
When I started my watch around midnight, Charles debriefed me on the battery, course, and all other information. Midnight to 4 a.m. was a beautiful shift, despite being sleepy. The batteries continued to be a concern, and I tried to troubleshoot but had no more success than Charles. The clouds cleared around 2 a.m., leading to spectacular stars. We slept on deck to be quickly available to each other.
Other than the ongoing battery concern, the rest of the trip was uneventful and peaceful. We arrived at Santa Barbara Harbor to check in around 9:30 a.m., and were docked with the engine off by 10:30. It was our first solo docking, and I got a hair too close to a piling – which cracked the mount for a solar panel.