|Ad hoc Sea Anchor|
But apparently Reboot
did. I dove on her today and look what I found wrapped around the prop. We call this a Gypsysails
sea anchor as Maury and Ginger seem to have a knack for acquiring them while traveling in the Hawk Channel. (The Hawk Channel runs from Miami to Key West on the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico side of the Keys.)
I figure that I now have a pretty good idea why the engine decided to alarm.
It has been quite cool here the past couple of days a light blanket is called for at night. This morning it dawned clear with a wind shift that is bringing the Levenche
wind. So it has warmed back up quite a bit. That is why I chose to dive today. The air temperature is in the 80's but the water was quite cool - pleasant in fact. If I was diving more than 5 feet I would have needed a wet suit but as it was I was able to clear the prop with a snorkel and fins.
|Noise Filter Installation|
My second project for today was to install noise filters on the power lines leading to the SSB radio. While underway with the Raymarine autopilot running I get a great deal of noise in the radio. I understand that this is a standard problem with Raymarine autopilots. What is particularly annoying is that a spike in the noise curve is at 14.300 MHz which is the frequency for the Maritime Mobile Service Net
. This is the net I use during transits to get weather forecasts and to report my position. So it is a big pain in the neck that I am fighting with autopilot noise while trying to communicate.
|What a marina can do to your shore power|
My other project for today was to start the install of the 220V power in Reboot
. I got the exterior fitting mounted and the wires run into the boat. Now I have to install an outlet inside so we can use the power. In the process I removed the US 110 V 30 Amp exterior fitting that had been destroyed in New Bern Grand Marina. I was going to put the 220 V exterior inlet in its place but decided to leave the capability in case I add air conditioning back to Reboot
at a later date. Quite a mess, don't you think?
More pictures of the 220V install tomorrow.
Fair winds and following seas.
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