03 November 2011 | Bay Bridge Marina
This past Monday we had our winter cover installed for the first time by the company we bought it from, New York Canvas. The purchase price included the first install free of charge and we used it as a training session. I can’t say enough about New York Canvas. First, they said they would be there at 10am and they were there at 10AM. They said it would take two hours to put the cover on and it took two hours. Now here is the kicker, the owner of New York Canvas, Fred, showed up to do the install. How’s that for service with a smile. To top it all off he gave us a few pointers on checking the cover throughout the winter then said he’d be back in two weeks to do some adjusting to the cover due to wind a stretching. Like I said I can’t say enough about this company! Remember the name New York Canvas. Tell them Dave from Bay Bridge Marina sent you!
I have some pictures of Midnight Breeze being pulled and I’ll post them soon. The bottom looked to be in great condition, which is no damage! I was able to get the fresh water system winterized while waiting for the canvas dealer to show. We did make one big mistake and believe me I have learned from this mistake. We had the boat pulled the week before the cover was installed. Guess what we found when we came down to install the cover? Yep, bird shit all over the deck and dodger. And no water to wash it off, so we had to do everything by hand. What a royal pain in the ass! Next year, if we pull the boat, the cover is going on the same day. This will be the itinerary: Wash, wax, haul, and cover! I will not make that mistake twice!
Already I am missing the boat, I’m bored! But next summer’s itinerary is already being planned. The first item on the list is a new laptop and charting program that will work with our Ray Marine chart plotter. The computer as of now depends on price, but the program is going to be Fugawi ENC Charting Software. If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I have had The Capn software for almost 14 years but I just can’t get it to work with Ray Marine chart plotter. I’m also setting up a WIFI network onboard so I can use my IPAD Novionics program that talks with my chart plotter. I’ll be able to input waypoints and routs on my IPAD and transfer them to my chart plotter or go from my chart plotter to my IPAD. I used the program this past summer as a solo program and I am pleased with the accuracy quality of the charts that came with the program. The program can be bought at the Apple Store for around $49.95 with the charts.