Work is continuing apace although we may be a little delayed as we have decided to completely renew all navigation equipment. New Raymarine radar and plotters are on order together with a new DSC radio and AIS system. We have also ordered the Raymarine Lifetag MOB system and wristbands for all crew.
We have now installed some new electrical equipment manufactured by Mastervolt www.mastervolt.com whom we know to be leaders in their field. They are supplying Battery-Mate-no volt drop isolators/splitters for the alternators and intelligent MAC DC-DC converters to drop the 24volt outputs to provide stable 12volts for navigation and other sensitive equipment. They are keen for our evaluation on its performance in the conditions of the race and believe it will help them in the further development of their products and we are pleased to be associated with such a prestigious company.
The tube for the bowthruster is now in place thanks again to the impeccable welding of John Squires from JBS Engineering. The unit should be added during the coming week.
The starboard engine is now fully fitted apart from the lead to the upper helm position and the port one should be complete this week. Both shafts have now been delivered from Brimbelow Engineering of Catfield, Norfolk and look great but will look even better when the propellers are on.
We had already fitted Tide Seals last year but have now fitted two spare seals, courtesy of Brian Raine, Managing Director of Tides Marine International Ltd of Poole. www.tidesmarine.co.uk
Brian said he thought it was most unlikely that we would need one replacement seal, let alone two but felt he wished to be associated with our project. Running these proven units means that is another potential trouble spot dealt with and we are very grateful for this generous act.
The fuel lines are now in, the Racor filters are in place and we are looking forward to seeing fuel in the bowls!! Shouldn't be very long now - we hope!