After my last cruise
I saw some flaws that detracted from the experience. Here is what was changed and worked. I out milltech ais
reciever and garmin
4208 with hd radar
is awesome. 4207 garmin
very happy. The antenna
connection was directly over the engine
this failed looks like a heat issue. It was relocated and has been fine since. Ditched the inflatable
and built a chameleon nesting dink. Stores great rows awesome. Sometimes I thought that's a long Rowe but it was a good work out and not so bad.outweighs the loading the out board onto dink. Put ram mic so VHF
is in cockpit
brilliant. Much better when crossing shipping
lanes especially with the ais. Commercial
guys seemed to really appreciate my calling them by name and giving them a heads up on my intentions.
So far the radar
has only been brought on briefly. Although i was on station fir 30 hours I anchored still alert and capable.
I upgraded the chain to 3/8. The added weight changes everything when anchoring
. Where the poorly led hawser was not an issue with 5/16" the 3/8 is hard. The lead coming off the windless requires managment meaning some grip to peel it off and feed it to the hawsepipe. I no longer can hand feed out the chain. It had to be eased through the gypsey. The old Bruce bought in well everywhere again. Replacing the chain and missing the consequence was a mistake. Next job is to place the hawser a little mire tword 10 o'clock so the chain had a full bite ariund the gypsie. Recap ais plugged into chartplotter
big thumb hard nesting dink big thumb anchor
chain upgrade near took off big thumb.