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New Settings and New Priorities

posted Aug 2, 2011, 7:23 AM by Christopher Hubbell
Now that I'm in the water I have a new set of tasks to focus on.  First of all, I need to replace my fuel tank.  But once that's out of the way a new project plan is taking shape.

I would like to be able to go a bit farther out on the lake - out of sight of shore.  To do this, I'd like to have my VHF working.  To do that I need to terminate the cable ends and get the power feed in place.  I've never terminated VHF connectors, so that will be a new trick for my bag.  The wiring itself will be pretty easy.  I'm going to flush-mount the unit in the port coaming recess in the main cabin.  Should look pretty slick when I'm done.

Second, I want to be able to go out to watch the sunset and have a glass of wine.  To do that I need to get my nav lights connected again.  That shouldn't be too hard for the bow and stern lights as the wire is already there (although I think I'll be replacing it with tinned wire).  The steaming light and deck light need to go through the new deck connector though, which is a bit more of a pain in the butt.  I need to merge two wires into one for that connector.  Not exactly sure how that will work, but I'll figure it out.

Number three on the list is re-installing the fresh water tank to get it out of my garage and finish the work I need to do in the forepeak.  And finally, I need to get a new holding tank so I can connect the toilet.

Oh yeah, and I'd love to get my instruments hooked up!  That's probably the easiest thing on the list, but it's not the most important since I really don't sail anywhere that I need to worry about depth, and speed it really just a cool toy more than a necessity.

Many, many other tasks await, but these are the priorities.  Lights, Radio, and tanks.  Notice, there's NO fiberglass grinding involved?  So nice to have that behind me.