Have just finished hooking up the new hydraulic auto helm after the old pump died a death and rather than mess about trying to patch up a 10 year old system, we decided to replace the whole lot except for the piston at the rudder post and the hoses.
We now have a new Raymarine wireless system hooked up to the helm which is actually talking to our Garmin Radar and chart plotter. Even more surprising, we now have a new Raymarine depth sounder display spliced into an ancient Silva transducer that we cannot budge without going through a haul out. That display also now talks to our Garmin chart plotter and helm repeater unit.
Tomorrow I'm up the main mast to fit the Tactic Wind instrument which we've manage to get talking to the Garmin as well, although we're still yet to find out if we need a repeater unit midway.
The Nav station has a new back wall and desk as well as a drop down panel which I'll varnish tomorrow and then fit all the instruments into.
Mind you - when I say 'we' what I really mean is Tony - our electronics wiz two boats down in the marina here at Kota Kinabalu.
- I'm just the lackey who cuts, sands and crawls through all the holes climbs the mast as well as traipsing all over Sabah for electrical parts.
On Monday I found a cab driver willing to drive me all over the place for 4 hours and interpret for me (Only up to the second chapter of Malay for Dummies). We found a plywood company who also carried every timber facia I have ever come across - from Teak to American Cherry and Mahogany - they had everything.
Unfortunately they did not have the facilities to glue the facia onto the ply but introduced me to the woodworking shop next door who agreed to glue and deliver to the marina.
The following day I had two friendly Malaysians carrying an 8' x 6' sheet of 16mm ply with 3mm teak facia through the resort and out to Australis. I picked up a cheap vibrating cutter from Oz which cut through the lot like a hot knife through butter with a cut width of barely 1.5mm
The whole exercise cost me just 290 Ringets - which is about $110 AU
That same bit of ply and facia would have cost me close on $550 AU plus delivery back in Oz.
So tonight I'm sitting on the deck with a jug of Jim Beam and pot of noodles and
trying to decide if I really want to go back to Oz in March at all.
It's going to be a close call.
Australis II (ex Mico)