Wednesday, 12 May 2010
All jobs completed!!
It's been a great week of progress with lots of good dry weather again. Each morning I've been trudging through the mud and shallows to Cookie on her mooring and get a few hours work on the last jobs. A VHF antenna is installed at the masthead now to receive signals for the AIS (Automatic Identification System) to alert me of nearby ships. I got the GPS talking to the AIS and all seems to work OK. The roll-down dodger flaps are sewn into place with bungy loops to keep secured - essential for keeping dry below and giving enough headroom to sit upright!!
Aquair charger is now all wired up to the battery and we will be testing it out on Sunday. Also managed to buy a satphone on ebay which will be a whole lot cheaper than renting. Otherwise lots of time spend on the mundane tasks of sealing all wiring connections with sealant, wiring shackles secure, whipping ropes secure and stowing spare parts. Can't wait until the test sail on Sunday to blow the cobwebs out and feel Cookie come alive again. We haven't sailed together since last October in Belize!