"Looks like a boat now", so said the crane driver at Baltic Wharf after lifting the mast back on Topaz Rival. New rigging all around the old mast, as well as a service for the furling mechanisms of both the mainsail and the genoa. Plus some new furling lines and a topping lift (more running rigging to follow). The new engine is now ready to be started after the exhaust was set up and a new Racor fuel filter (easy and simple maintenance) installed. Feels like real progress with the end in sight. Other minor things have been finished such as a salt water pump in the galley and a new engine water strainer. The single biggest item left on the list is the solar panel arch, half of which was in the shed and hopefully this will be set up next week after which the electrics and lifelines can be finished. The target is for a relaunch on 31 March as the tide times and depths, plus the Easter holidays, mean this is the last day available until 14 April. Keeping fingers crossed.
The new rigging is ready
Beta engine control panel. The box to the right is a waterproof USB point