We're waiting for the winds to turn to the SW. Should happen by morning, so we are taking this opportunity to put all the crap away that we ran out of time at 2 a.m. Sunday monring.
Will also use this stop to top up tanks for the last time, should only need 35 gallons (17 hours) and will try to squeeze in another 15, but then the last time I did that...
Now an incident that infuses us with confidence. Yesteday, noticed that NONE of our VHF radios seemed to be working. Our friend Richard was up early to see us off and that's when we discovered our radio issues. So the pilot house and fly bridge radios, not a peep, even after I had repolaced the main antenna and spliced the two leads. The two hand helds, dead batteries, one of them terminal. So I start charging the one and figure it's good enough.
No worry, how many people will we contact in the middle of the Atlantic, but still...
So this morning, after putting the finishing touches on the paravane system, I tackled the radio.
I had turned on the fly bridge VHF and set it on the bench seat, presumably to hear if anyone was calling.
First thing I notice today, there was no antenna connected to the fly bridge radio.
Well, that's an easy fix
Then, I see a relatively new antenna lead going nowhere. Umm, I was sure this was the lead from the pilot house radio, also, clearly connected to nothing
then what did I splice together
I look at the cables I spliced together, one was clearly new and other looked like 30 years old. Initially, I had thought I had spliced the two antennas together
, but no, now I realized I spliced the new antenna to the OLD Loran cable.
So, 15 minutes later, we are better than before. I replaced the old antenna that was intermittent and now all the radios are working.
While it was not a show stopper, one thing I have learned in reading a multitude of accident reports, is that it is almost always more that one thing that causes the mishap. In my minds eye, I could see the report, "If only they had heeded the warning radioed to them. The Board is mystified as to why they ignored such a blatant warning..."
All's Well that End's Well.
Hopefully that will be my next post