|Bedding fills the saloon|
First empty the starboard cockpit locker (toolbox, warps, safety gear and more) then trace the existing connection forward from its position close to the wheel. Down below empty the starboard aft cabin of pillows & duvets, empty the same cabin's lockers of towels, bed linen and stuff to access the autopilot's brain, unscrew or otherwise remove most of this locker's shelves and backboard to gain access to a Seatalk* junction box, clear the chart table and surround so the rear of switch panel can be accessed and finally remove the radar so the rest of the Seatalk cabling to and from the laptop and GPS is getatable when needed. And pile everything up in the master cabin up forward or on the saloon table, providing yet another opportunity to refold all the towels, sheets & duvet covers!
|A tidy pile of towels....|
|...were joined by sheets, duvets and t-towels|
|Head down in a locker|
A major sea trial was called for so Temptress motored to Shepherds Marina, Cowes in a bitter easterly, her crew treating themselves to supper at Mojac's. First off Southsea beach a few tightly executed curves checked out the new rudder, then we settled down on a straight course, the wheel felt light to handle despite the wind and fairly lively sea. We then attempted to trial the autopilot but it wouldn't lock on the wheel. in the wide expanse off Fishbourne depsite the ferries we performed the slow circles and motoring directly to windward to recalibrate the repaired wind instrument so that the arrow on the screen pointed pretty much in the same direction as the apparent wind at the top of the mast.
|Radar on its face again|
|Amazing what is hidden away!|
|Wiring at the back of the cockpit instrument displays|
|Connecting up the "brain" to its new control head|
* Seatalk - Raymarines serial communication protocol that enables instrument information like wind speed, boat speed, distance travelled, GPS position to be networked and shared