It’s been a couple of days since I last updated you with what’s been happening so here is a brief summary of what’s been going on.
We were hoping to get back in the water Tuesday or Wednesday but the wiring of all the new electronics has taken longer than we thought it would. This gave us a chance to get a few other jobs done so it hasn’t been a problem.
Steve and Matt have been working hard to get all of the electronics in place, the autopilot has been fitted and all wired up to the relevant equipment as has the radar, plotter and the structure scan sonar. This has involved a lot of work and crawling in and out of a lot of tight spaces, which is why I think Steve, is on a diet! 😮
Making sure its perfect!
I do also have to wonder though if it has taken just a little longer due to the fact that he has been trying to do all this wiring with his eyes shut!
Whilst fitting the new anodes we noticed that one of the propellers’ had a problem so that was another job that needed to be taken care of. The propeller was loose as it had been put on with the washer fouling the thread and had over time worked itself loose. This was quickly rectified
The new sound system and the four speakers have been put in place and all wired and ready to go.
We have also had a couple of additional windscreen wipers put on and this we will find very beneficial as we only had a central wiper.
Today saw us putting the finishing touches to the polishing of the hull. We gave it a good covering with Autoglym polish sealant before popping out for lunch and then once back at the boat buffed her up to a lovely shine.
Yes you can see your face in it!
This left very little in the way of jobs for Ray and myself so we buffed up the rails and set to some of the smaller jobs such as adding new warps to cutting boards on the bait wells and side hatch and also resealing the engine hatches. A bit of rope splicing is excellent for keeping your fingers warm when the temperature drops and whilst your waiting for Ray to make the next coffee.
I know you will all want to know more about the new structure scan etc and we will be back in the water tomorrow and testing it all out.
Tomorrow I get to sit back and let Ray write the blog post telling you all about how this works so look out for his post in skippers log.