Made the trip back up from Ventura to SB on Friday morning. I didn't have time to finish the autopilot install, so I hand steered. It was significantly more pleasant with the revamped steering. I also played with the new electronics toys, and drove quite a bit from the flybridge. It's just so pleasant up there. Conditions were great, although it was pretty windy in SB when I arrived.
Leaving Ventura. Perfect weather.
New toys to play with... The transducers in action.
Rock ledge structure seen via sidescan. This is going to make the upcoming lobster season way more fun...
Nearing Santa Barbara. The weather is still perfect. That isn't haze, it's smoke from the Rey fire.
Back in paradise after two months. And there's even still a beer in the fridge...
The new radar worked great. I need to calibrate the heading sensor a few degrees to get the overlay dialed in, but it's already usable even without. I spent a little time playing with the various gain and noise reduction settings. I somehow managed not to take any pictures of it in action, but the color differentiation of return strength was nifty, although I don't think the 18" dome really has the angular resolution to make it a "must have" feature.
I didn't see any whales this time, and only two pods of dolphins. A few came over to say hello, but none really surfed the bow for long.
All said, another great trip and good time.