Arrival at Catalina Island
20 October 2008 | Two Harbors
We left Santa Barbara at 7 a.m. this morning with the sunrise.
To our dismay we found that the autopilot was no longer working. I did some checking, looking for obvious things like loose wires, with no luck. My assessment is that the autopilot motor is burned out. I think this will be an easy, albeit expensive, item to replace once we get to San Diego.
So, we had to hand steer for our 14 hour passage to Catalina Island, arriving here at 9 PM. We took turns steering in 2 hour shifts, the four of us (Bruce, Pascale, John, and Francois), so it wasn't too bad. We'll have to hand steer from Catalina to San Diego as well.
While we were underway I did some projects. First was to rebuild the aft head. I removed the pump and did the installation of the rebuild kit in the cockpit, much to the amusement of everyone else.
Then I completed the wiring for the masthead video camera. The camera has a view of the bow pulpit and the water immediately in front of the boat. I'm sure this'll come in handy sometime.