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Water in the Bilge and Flatness on the Decks

posted Jun 2, 2010, 3:31 PM by Christopher Hubbell   [ updated Jun 2, 2010, 3:36 PM ]
I picked up some fairing compound during my lunch break today and stopped by Ravat to see how she was doing.  We had some torrential rain recently, and I was curious to see how much water had entered.  Turned out to be a LOT.  Having the windows out doesn't help at all.  Only took about 10 minutes with the hand pump to clear it out, but it was higher than its ever been.

I also took a moment to check the deck laminate with a straight edge, and I'm pretty convinced that I am now high enough to lay down fairing compound and move forward with painting.  I'll need to do dome grinding to clean up the edges, but it's time to finish this project up!

I also spent a little time at West Marine looking at the GPS units.  I'm trying to decide between the Standard Horizon CP180i and the Garmin 400 series.  Both low-end, but they do all I need, and with small size are a nice fit for my older pedestal.  They seem very comparable, and I'm having a hard time with the decision.  Either choice will be leaps and bounds above my 10 year old hand-held unit, so I probably need to flip a coin and make the choice.