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The teak beam is primarily for ease of fixing - but also brings the traveller back a little.
First part of the new rigging is all made up - so short of pulling two wires up the mast conduit, the mast can go up and stay up. The new lowers, babystay and backstay bridles will be measured with the mast up - then changed over with the mast up.
Just have to decide on the GPS - I'm more or less settled on simple fixed gps, with maybe a Yeoman plotter. However, a local supplier has an amazing price on the Raymarine 425 plotter - this has quite reasonable data pages if you don't want to bother with its plotter features. I'm sort of settled on the 152 Garmin though - mainly due to the single data feature, which fills the whole display with one selectable data readout. It also appears to have a clearer display than the 126/8 - but I'll take a look at two side by side. MES is nearby in Bristol - so at least I can go down there and see them up and running.
|What with the cold weather and short days, have not been down to the boat much over the holiday period - just enough to keep my eye on things and measure up a few bits and pieces.
Made a bit of progress on other things - Survey arranged and hopefully it seems I have eventually found some sensible comp insurance, through Cuthbert, Service and Jackson of Glasgow - very friendly and helpfull.
Decided on fitting a traveller for the main sheet - as with the later invaders - after a bit of measurement of boom etc. The normal position is on the extreme edge of the bridge deck - but this is an awkward place to fix to. Also, it better a little further aft, as my boom is longer than the later invaders.
This beam is made of two pieces of my freeby teak, bolted together with similar packers. The white infill are just bits of leftover Treadmaster set into a routered out shallow recess - hides most of the fixing holes - breaks up the lines of the thing and generally looks sort of tidy - as its going to sitting in the cockpit in a fairly prominent position. The track then bolts right through this beam at the aft edge - then either side down through forward of the cockpit lockers with 100mm M5's -
While I was at Bristol Rope and twine getting the rigging made up I picked up some genoa sheet stuff. They do a 10mm matt polyester, Italian make I think, for 60 pence a metre ! so I invested all of about 15 quid in 20m - so will see what it's like.