I was umming and ahh-ing about whether to repair or replace the forehatch, and getting advice from the invaluable Sadler & Starlight Owner Forum this weekend. On Saturday, around 16:00, I started searching the internet for companies to make me a new window insert to replace the leaky one.
I called Bluff Plastics not expecting to get a response, and spoke to the owner, Charlie (“the old man” as he later termed himself). Yes, he was open, and yes, he did that sort of thing. I drove over with the old one.
He did not have any half inch in tinted, but he had clear. He quoted $85.60 or similar, and said it would probably be done “tomorrow” – Sunday. I was gobsmacked. He promised a call by 14:00.
Actually, he called at 11:00, and I went around to collect it. On the way back I stopped at a West Marine (newly opened, by the look of it) that I saw on the way to his place, bought some sealant, and then stopped at an AutoZone to buy window tint film.
Now to see if it leaks…
If it leaks, I will buy a new hatch.
And I have found someone to do the polycarbonate (aka Perspex or Lexan) for my planned replacement for the Chicken Coop!
Having read an article on the vital importance of labeling wiring, I have added that to my “to do” list.
This is the panel:
Frank Instrument & Electrical Panel
The modular switch panel, closeup:
Switch Panel. I took out the fridge and diverted the power to the workstation for satnav, comms, fm/sw radio etc.
Snakes’ wedding: the wires. White ones tend to be legacy wiring and domestic lights, some live and some redundant but left in situ. Some labeling done, lots to do!
(May 12th 2017)
This evening I dug out my Aloft Alone mast climbing kit and shimmied up the mast.
I need to work out where and to install the bluetooth SailTimer wind instrument, which replaces to previous wired one. I had the rigger install a new “manual” wind vane last year – it lasted a few weeks before a pteradactyl knocked it off.
Also, the line for hoisting courtesy flags has been broken for a few months, so whilst on the way up I was able to get that fixed.
I previously sent my drone up to take a look (I should post this to YouTube) but have to get up there to touch, see and feel.
Here is what I saw..
Yacht Club, boat yard, Corpus.
Sunset, Corpus Christi
Base of wind vane, demolished by belligerent bird: new home of SailTimer
Tri-color mast nav & anchor light, green mousing string and redundant wind instrument cable from old unit
Funfair, Corpus Promenade, obscured by Colin.