29 December 2016 | St. Marys, GA
I made Beouf Bourguignon for Christmas Day for anyone still in the boatyard. The expected group of about a dozen boatyarders ended up with just four of us and a huge kettle of food. I followed both Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles recipe and one of Martha Stewart's. I had planned to make parmesan potatoes, but ended up putting them in the beef cooking pot, so it became beef stew.
I was unable to find parts for the VHF whip antenna that goes on the top of the mast. It is a TRAM Browning with a loading coil that has a 3/8X24 stud, a common antenna mounting thread. The whip and mounting nut that came in fit the thread, but would not support the whip properly. Perhaps I had ordered the wrong replacement whip, like maybe for a Metz antenna.
My email to the TRAM Browning distributor was not answered. The Shakespeare whip antenna looked like it might have the same mounting hardware, so I searched for that. I ended up on a CB shop site called Blue Parrott, and was able to find parts there that would do the job. What I ended up ordering was a 3/8X24 coupling nut and a .1" whip stud mounting. We will see if they fit. Total cost was less than ten dollars.
I had purchased a couple of cheap GPS dongles from China and one came in. On the back of it was the name "G-Mouse". It took some work to get it to connect to OpenCPN on the linux machine running Navigatrix. In the connection tab, the connection is /dev/ttyACM0, where 0 is zero. There is a wealth of info on the Navigatrix forum about troubleshooting GPS devices. I have another coming in and we'll see if that will work. It is like a thumbdrive, it has no cable.
The no-see-ums came back, like they do this time of year, swarming and biting. I retreated to the safety of the galley. The sky was bright with sunset clouds, so I grabbed the 30D and took the bike down to the dock and took a picture. Sometimes, even with flies biting you, an image can make it all worth it.