Getting things done!! We have wind!!!

  

As part of the new “Get things done” attitude I have, the upgrades and maintenance continues. My mast climber Matt went up the mast and installed the Raymarine/Tack-Tick wireless anemometer. The final step now is to mount the 2 displays.  Excited to now have working electronics on the boat!

Its Been a while….Hello 2016!!

  
New additions over the winter:
1. New Winch Coveres
The old ones were falling apart, literally. So I got a set of Blue Performance Winch Covers in Blue and Grey

  
2. Cockpit Cover
For when relaxing while docked…now we have a nice Sun Cover for the cockpit.
3. Jib Sock
ATN makes a pretty nifty (and pricey) jib sock. This allows me to leave the unprotected jibs on the furler and cover them. Now I don’t have to take them down in between sails and I don’t have to worry about getting UV covers on my jibs.

Here are the things that need to be done.

1. Mount Anemometer on the top of mast for the Tack Tick Wireless Electronics
2. Mount Tack Tick Displays
3. Fix fuseholder for bilge pump
4. Check charging wire for 2nd battery
5. ATN Tacker for Spinnaker
6. Refinish Cockpit wood on the boat
7. New Lifelines
8. Paint/refinish boom
9. Boom kicker boom lift
10. NMEA Wireless Router/wi-fi system

For me, my goals are:
1. Catalina Trip
2. Learn To Use Spinnaker
3. Around Catalina Island
4. San Diego Trip/Mexico

So Its January and I need to get started on these things!!!

New Instruments!!!

  

Im excited about this one!  I have never had working instruments on the boat and it’s been on my list of things to do and now it’s a reality. I have installed the Raymarine Wireless super sailing pack. This is a complete package that comes with 2 displays, 1 multi data display and one wind display, a Wind Mast instrument, a depth transducer, a speed transducer, a wireless hull transducer and a NMEA data interface. The cool thing is that this is a wireless and solar/battery powered system. The only wiring that needs to be done is to run the wires from the transducers to the Hull transducer. The displays and wind instrument are wireless and solar/battery powered. No wires to run! Just turn on one of the displays and the system powers on and shows whatever data is in the system! Now have accurate speed, wind, and depth data! The plan is to add an NMEA to WiFi interface and wirelessly interface with iPad and iPhone into the network for additional data displays and also remote control of devices, eventually chart plotting and autopilot.  Now that The system is working, I need to get the wind transducer to the top of the mast then decide where to put the displays. Good problems to have!

 
  
 

Old Dog Learns New Tricks!

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Sometimes things just work out!!! The local WestMarine store is moving and they have been putting putting certain items up for clearance. I have been watching the clearance table intently. There are a few things I need for the boat and alot of things I want! I asked about instruments for the boat. They said they had no idea what was going to be put on clearance I just had to keep checking. 3 weeks ago I saw a Tacktick T104 Super Sailing System. If you are not familiar its the top of the line cruising system from Tacktick. Wind, Speed and Depth system. Wireless communication between the mast unit and displays. No wires have to be run in the mast and no wires to the displays. Mast unit and displays are solar powered. This also has the NMEA Network interface so any other network compatible equipment can be interfaced with the instruments. Things like chartplotters, autopilots, etc…List price is $2749. They were marked down to $2000. Then for the clearance sale, marked down to 50% off the reduced price. Not bad a $2700 system for $1000 right? Well thats not all….I get an email from WestMarine that said that all clearance items were reduced to 75% off! So that puts those $2700 instruments all the way down to $500! Well I couldnt pass on that! So now the plan is to modernize this old IOR derived racer/cruiser into a modern sailing yacht!

Once I add the instruments, I’ll add a wireless NMEA transmitter which will broadcast all the boats data to any device capable of receiving and displaying the data…iPhones, iPads, computers with charts, maps, navaigation software, the sky is the limit!