Greetings, this is my first post - here it goes..
I recently purchased my first sailboat (which is also my first boat), a Miller 28 (29' LOA sloop
, made in 1973). She's a racer
stuck inside a cruiser's body and was well maintained by her previous owners.
I've been on a mission to get it setup with a few modern electronics
to include a small N2K backbone. Here is what I have so far:
- B&G Zeus2 7"
- Standard Horizon GX2200
- B&G ZG100 GPS (not yet installed)
- B&G Wind Sensor (ordered, not yet installed)
The boat has a Uniden QT206 depth
finder that "works". This brings up my first question
In terms of monitoring speed, would I really need to install a DST-like device with this setup or would the ZG100 with the Zeus suffice? (I can live with +/- .5kt accuracy for this season)
The boat does not have a VHF
antenna! There are remnants of one off the stern, where there's a mount for what used to be a pole with RG-58 coiled up. I purchased a small Shakespeare emergency antenna
for the time being, but I plan to get a new antenna
(possibly dual for AIS
My ~40' mast
stepped. There is a ~1/2" hole where two power cables
run up to a light on the mast
, but that's it. My running rigging
is all external.
Given that my plans are to install the wind
sensor that has an N2K cable and a new antenna, how likely is it that I will have to unstep my mast to run conduit and the cables
? In other words, is it at all commonplace to install conduit inside of a stepped mast (assuming that the mast has adequate space inside, as is)?
What can I expect in terms of cost for having the wind sensor, VHF
antenna, and conduit/cabling installed? I ask this in a general sense, so I have a rough idea of what to expect - highway robbery is rampid in my area (Seattle) from what I have been told, and this is new territory for me.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!