Back in October we blogged about the stove, and how we were testing a prototype. Well, it’s now full steam ahead to make the real item – so we’ve got to start by working out how much swing room it needs.

The image shows a template of the stove with gimbal pivot, and this is swung through 20 and 30 degrees of heel to show how much space is needed. It turns out that the difference between 20 degrees and free swinging is only 30mm.

Chartplotter 1

We’re in the process of fitting a small chartplotter – a Garmin GPSmap 451 – for a number of reasons. Navionics on the iPhone is brilliant, but not perfect when sailing alone, and it was superb when we were surrounded by fog off Walton in October. However, with more longer passages planned this coming year this is a sensible upgrade. It will also feed GPS location to the DSC radio, so in the event of a mayday the coastguard will know our exact location at the press of one button.

The device will fit on a bracket so can be tilted and rotated. It can also be easily removed and stored in the cabin when necessary. We’re just playing with the location just now, but will blog again when completed and trialled.

Provisional plans for 2013

Plans are under way for an incredibly busy 2013, which is very exciting.

There are still jobs and alterations to make, like new internal bulkhead panels, a box on the companion way step, and the final version of the galley unit. There’s also a brand new Garmin GPSmap 451 chart plotter to fit, along with a sweet little brass barometer.

So far the planned events include February in Burry Port nr Llanelli, a cruise from Chichester harbour to Poole and back in late April, over to south Brittany for Morbihan and Quiberon bay in May and early June. In July there’s a plan to sail from Stourport on Severn to Falmouth via Cardiff, Padstow, St Ives and the Scillies, followed by a week in Falmouth. That still leaves August, to October to fit something else in.

If it all comes off it’s going to be a fabulous year, so fingers crossed for some decent weather!