17 October 2018 | The Boat Yard
HF Installation Complete
22 April 2019
With the long 4 day weekend I have managed to complete and test the HF installation.
The installation consists of the isolated back stay for the antenna, a CG-3000 antenna tuning unit with 6 counterpoises of different lengths (giving a impedance of better than 800 Ohms down to 6 MHz) and an AC coupled external bronze sea earth to help with the frequencies below 6 MHZ. All this is connected to an Icom radio for speech and email.
The initial test transmission have had email exchanges into Denmark, Germamy and Switzerland as well as voice transmissions into Spain and Italy.
Very pleased with the results especially as we are not in the water to use the sea water for a stronger transmit signal.
New Deck Organiser
21 April 2019
We fitted a new deck organiser today to bring the spare masthead halyard and the new inner forestay halyard back to the cockpit through two extra clutches.
Inner forestay fitted
19 April 2019
We did the mast climb to survey the rigging today and fit the removable inner forestay.
No problems found with the rigging and the inner forestay fitted perfectly.
Polishing the fuel
14 April 2019
I made a fuel polishing system, after being quoted over £100 to have it done, for less than £50. The system is a three stage system starting with a water separator, then a 15um filter followed by the final 10um polishing stage.
I fed the input into the top of the tank and ensured it reached the bottom before priming and leaving running for the weekend. The pipe was moved around the bottom of the tank at various stages. The good news was that very little debris or water was in the tank considering it is over 5 years since it was last done.
The best news is that it fits in a 5l icecream container for storage.
Fiddle de dah
09 March 2019
Starboard also now underway
Fiddle de dee
09 March 2019
We've been adding fiddles to the boat today and varnishing them. This will give us additional storage in the main saloon, as, Moody, in their wisdom didn't fit any at build. Port today ....
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