17 October 2014 | Ay Nicolais Marina
... no worries, it might look like an accident, but it was just another day of boat maintenance. Let me explain.
Fo a few weeks already the white light at the stern didn't work. I do not want to go into details, how to use navigation lights on a sailboat, but we need this during the night while motoring, plus a red and green light at the bow and a white light at the mast. When we are sailing at night we only use the tricolor light at the mast head. Surprisingly the light did refuse to fix itself, so I started to corner the problem. There was power at the junction box in the lazarette and the light including the bulb was okay. The connections were also working well, which reduced the problem to the cable from the junction box to the light itself. Using my new voltmeter, I figured that neutral was okay, but the hot line was broken.
The cable is routed from the lazarette inside the pipe of the stern pulpit. The idea was to pull out the old cable, tie a threat to it and pull in the new cable. When I started to pull the cable, it did break and consequently i had to remove the pulpit. This is quiet a job, because both outboard motors are mounted on it.