Grate news!

Grate news! Geddit?

In my former life I had some horrible black rubber laid on my cockpit floor to keep feet dry. The black rubber ended up everywhere; people stood on it and then walked all over me, leaving black marks on my cream deck. I was very disappointed about this.

However, Tony the Knees has come up trumps again! Just look at my fabulous new custom made iroko grating. It’s been designed to allow whatever water enters my cockpit to slosh around and not make feet wet – and it matches my other wooden detail. I love it! All we have to be careful of is that the knots on the end of ropes and sheets don’t get stuck.

Electrics update #1

As you know, my electrics have been completely stripped out and I’m going to be refitted.

I have a 60Ah Delphi battery which held charge very well, but my switch panel was dicky and kept tripping out for some reason. I understand that my battery has now been set it up with a NASA BM1 Compact on the bench to enable everything to be tested before it goes in. Here’s what I had until recently:-

1 x Delphi 60Ah battery
1 x dicky 4  way fused switch panel
2 x halogen cabin lights drawing 0.9A
1 x Icom M411 VHF
1 x Anchor light
1 x NASA Clipper Duet instrument
1 x NASA Clipper Wind instrument
1 x Simrad TP10 tiller pilot

On the bench test I now have:-

1 x Delphi 60Ah battery
1 x NEW 6 way fused switch panel
2 x LED cabin lights drawing 0.1A
1 x Icom M411 VHF
1 x Anchor light
1 x NASA Clipper Duet instrument
1 x NASA Clipper Wind instrument
1 x Simrad TP10 tiller pilot
1 x NASA BM1 Compact
1 x 12v charge point (drawing 0.3A to charge iPhone)

Since my life is going to change from sitting on a mooring to proper trailer sailing my mast will be on and off regularly. I need new connectors at the base of the mast, and my owner has got me Vtronix for the VHF coax and Bulgin for NASA Wind cable and anchor light. The switch panel and VHF will fit in a panel fitted inside the companionway bulkhead – once he’s stopped messing around with the cardboard templates and got some proper panelling.

There’s even a rumour that I’ll be getting shore power to keep my battery topped up when I get to do some proper cruising. Whooo hooo!

Sunlight

It’s been quite some time since I felt warm sunlight on my roof. My owner and dodgy knees Tony came down today and I was towed from under my cover.


So that’s me, in the sun and sat on my new trailer.

Some more bits were removed today, and some cardboard was used to make a pattern for a bulkhead.

My sibling Halcyon

People have been asking what I look like with my mast fitted. The best I can do is show you a picture of my sister Halcyon lying at anchor in Jura a few years ago. I really hope I’ll look as nice as that when I get back on the water in a few weeks time.

Look closely and you can see her owner, Simon, asleep in the cockpit.

Blog change

It’s been a quiet week, so I thought I’d change the blog template to something nicer.

There are currently 45 mph winds, and I’m glad to be tucked up inside my storage shelter, under my cover. I shudder to think back to the winter I spent out on my mooring.

I’m wondering what ‘he’ has planned for me this weekend. He keeps removing bits of me and not putting them back.