Things like interior lights and the stereo are not really mission critical systems, but enhance the utility and enjoyment of the boat so they are getting replaced. The water heater, also not critical, was leaking our fresh water supply so it obviously needed to be repaired or bypassed. The sump pumps are a bit more critical, so they too required attention. The dinghy, aka the family car, is a must have as basic transportation.
|The installed new water heater|
|New USB/Bluetooth stereo|
Yeah...how about you demonstrate on mine...
|...and I consider this pretty accessible. The mounting|
screws are right behind the big waste hose.
|Yeah, gotta replace those wires.|
|Inspecting the rigging on a less than ideal weather day|
|Doug took a selfie up the mast on a nicer day.|
While I await answers on the rigging, a number of things are getting done. The two manual emergency bilge pumps were disassembled, cleaned, reconditioned, and are now effectively pumping water. All the winches have been serviced. The dead stereo has been replaced with one that now supports bluetooth streaming as well as USB thumb drives for music sources. A newly discovered glitch in the refrigerator was researched and "repaired" by simply exercising the thermostat control.
Not everything is repair. I finally came up with a design for a simple replacement dodger that deals with the issue of strange angle of the mounting of the main sheet winches. I was even able to get a good deal on the Sunbrella material needed to make the dodger and get other items ordered. There is one other project in the works, but I'll save that for another post. It is something I had planned to do a while ago and I think it will be of great benefit for the trip.
So, the work continues...but hopefully I'm seeing a light and the end of the tunnel and am really looking forward to some relaxing time in the Bahamas.