Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boat Service Log..........

The holy grail of most Cruiser /Sailors is the complete maintenance logbook, filled with details of all the systems on board, schedules for overhaul etc. etc.. I have been on very few boats who have achieved this holy grail. Most of us have a few binders containing the original manuals, a few hand written notes and the occasional half finished out of date spreadsheet. The PC should be the ideal solution, but to date I have not found any software to FORCE some sort of discipline on me. Enter "Marine Boat Solutions" . I have just bought the software so its early days yet..but it looks promising. The people at this company seem pretty responsive (I have a small delivery hiccup due to an overactive spam filter) and I look forward to future updates. You can check them out on You Tube and hopefully they will have a demo version out soon.

A Ships Logbook would be a nice addition even if it came out as a separate package.

I have no connection with this company etc.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Back from the Chesapeake......

Some great sails on my friends Patrick and Lisa's W42 and an excellent rendezvous with other Whitby/Brewer owners. Lots of ideas and a need to get TIH moving soon...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Cutting holes........

The previous engine control panel was located on the binnacle. I won't have that option. I have spent some time trying to decide where to put the new one. Many boats have the panel low down in the cockpit well. I don't like that for a few reasons (water damage and having to bend down to read etc.).

Nice to cut in and find good adhesion between the outer layer and the balsa core.

Bigger gap between the cabin top and the liner than I expected. Good for running lighting electrical cables etc.

Good fiberglass

Red background is temporary, will eventually be black starboard.