Monday, 23 March 2015

Some work on the poop deck

Rosie looking resplendent in her Winter berth. a lot of work is going on around the poop deck at present. The first thing is that the Rutland wind turbine needs a service as the bearings were making a nasty vibration. I think this could have been down to laying it on the floor for three months whilst the yacht was being painted in the shed (I could not get the yacht into the paint tent with that stainless pole poking up).

The next thing that needs sorting is that how to attach the Haslar servo-pendulum wind vane without wrecking her aesthetics.

This was kindly donated to the yacht by Andy (thank you again). Rosie really should have an Aries as installed by Humphrey Barton in Gibraltar. Sadly Aries are very rare as they are such good buts of kit that owners hang onto them. The Hasler is rare too, and is keeping with the period of yacht. This version is the oversized one rarely seen. In tribute the Humphrey Barton I have decided to name it "Hum".

I have had some stainless tubes made up that fit on the stern capping rail. These will allow the gear to be removed with ease. Its hard to do this fitting from the mooring so being stern to on the pontoon has been very useful.

A few other things that need to be done on the poop deck is sort out the AIS aerial (relayed to the plotter), fit a new stern light to replace the last one that failed due to water ingress (those plastic really expensive aqua signal designs are terrible - I mean terrible for the price!).

The davits have has cleats added to them so that they can become operational with tackle. Not that I will use them for river cruising, but if I ever make it to the Caribbean, I know from experience that they will become very useful. Just don't ask me how to use the davits and the wind vane at the same time.

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