Garmin Drive A unit installed corectly

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

 Picture of the rudder stops and Garmin Drive A unit attached to the quadrant.

My question is:
Is there room for improvement on this installation?

Should we try attaching the drive A unit to the outside of the rudder stop on the quadrant?  Say we weld an extension on the SS bracket that is holding the rudder stop onto the quadrant and attach the Drive A unit there? It may not work as it could hit the rudder stop attached to the quadrant. But if it did work it may have more leverage? There is no room for a rudder arm. Or would this make any difference. 

From Garmin support:
"Thank you for contacting Garmin International.  I'd be more than happy to help you with the installation of your steer-by-wire system.  As far as myself and others on my team can see, there is no issue with the installation of your system, nor is there anything else that should be done differently."

 This is good news and gives us peace of mind.

Washing down our anchor rode

Beginning of August 2015 - Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay Mexico

Here is our new 125' of Acco 3\8 BBB chain spliced to our 8 plat line. 

But we have not measured it yet so we will see if it is 125' for sure :) The new chain  Jorge at the SYS chandlery at Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay brought downd from San Diego for us, we purchased it from Jorge.

 Lewmar recommends the Acco 3\8 BBB chain for the Lewmar H3 windless gypsy.

 Jorge at the SYS chandlery at Paradise Village Marina in Banderas Bay got it the splice done. The splice to the chain with the 8 plat Lewmar line is nicer than the one we got done in San Diego. This one will fit through the gypsey better. The one from Rigworks in San Diego is too fat and does not go through the gypsey well. The splice here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was $25.00 USD and the one in San Diego at Rigworks cost $80.00 USD. So there is the labor differance, and the one here is nicer!

Washing the rode setup.

After washing and drying it needs to be all re-marked.

Inch by inch it goes. 

We will have this all in the boat soon so the dead sea life (does not sound right) and sand ect is getting washed off.  Next season we will probably not use much of the rode because of the new chain is long enough for most of our anchoring needs.

Our view while rode washing.

We put the bottles on our dock lines to help keep the iguanas off the boat. So far no iguanas on the boat :)

Stateroom varnishing and on it goes

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

All washed and sanded with TSP.
We started the door between the hanging lockers. This is the cane door that has two big shelves behind it.

First diluted coat.

And we started the top of the forward hanging locker.

New GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor installed

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

So as said before but it is worth saying again, we lost out Garmin autopilot just outside Acapulco and had to hand steer 500 nm back to PV. Our rudder sensor broke which is part of the Drive A unit.
Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor . 

Garmin sent this to our cruising friends Alan and Elizabeth who where on s\v Vivacia  who were on a land trip in the states and they brought it down to Mexico for us. 

Drive A unit.

The Rudder Feedback Sensor that broke is inside the Drive A unit. It could be fixed if we could get the Drive A unit to the US but that is not happening so this is the alternative method. 

This GRF 10 plugs right into the brain where the Drive A uit one did..

Alan from s\v Vivacia  and I brainstorming on how and where to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor .

Holes we drilled for 3\4 marine plywood for a base to mount the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor on. We bolted it through with SS flat head screws. The ply wood came form one of the cut outs for the AC dicking.

Piter Carsten from Marine Vallarta seems to have plenty of experience with rudder sensors. 

Piter found a place to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor right away.

Piter pearl diving for rudder sensor. Being tall Piter has good are reach for this project.

Because the quadrant is round Piter said we could install it on the back side of the rudder. 

It really made not difference. As we are really limited for space around the quadrant this was great. We also got Garmin 's approval (they said no problem) to install the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor  up-side-down.

Back side of quadrant. There was two hole in the quadrant we were able to use. This is lucky as it would be near impossible to drill any in the quadrant.

This downward angel was corrected by using a few washers on the ball joint at the quadrant.

The extra extension cable we have that we did not need. 

Garmin sent this under warranty along with the Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor Garmin GRF 10 - Rudder Feedback Sensor. We will call after sea trials to see if they want it back.

State room varnish - hanging lockers etc.

End of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico.
Here we found some black spots in the oak. Possibly mold but may be nothing. 

The port hole is over this area. We put the first diluted coat of varnish on and saw this more clearly. We are stripping the old and new varnish off the black areas and soaking them in bleach. Then we will varnish again.

We continue to varnish around the fiddles and edges of the oak while we work on the middle.

Possibly some black spots here so we are stripping the area.

Drawers between hanging lockers. 

We need to secure those wires behind the drawers that go to the anchor windless! Keep forgetting.

Stern hanging locker door trim.

Forward hanging locker door trim.

Forward stateroom drawer trim under the bed.

Stern stateroom drawer trim under the bed.
The space for the drawers makes a handy place for tools while we are varnishing the edges.

The oak on the boat was varnished at the factory. 

Islander Yachts gave the option for oak on flat surfaces and it looks nice and brightens the boat. Also because it was previously varnished and nicely it is a lot easier to varnish now than the raw teak. The teak has had teak oil applied by the PO and that's it. Teak oil is desired by some but for us as we live aboard it is not soo good. It looks good when first applied but attracts dust. It is hard to not get it on other areas and needs to be done every few months or so, maybe six at the most. Varnish is easy to wipe off and does not attract dust\dirt. It is a job to do it the first time though. 

Satin varnish - different

Middle of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

"Golspar Satin is a dull gloss varnish ideal for anywhere a low-lustre, dull gloss effect is desired, such as cabinets tables counters etc."

This is the satin varnish we have been using. Only we are out of it and there is no place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that we can find that sells it. 

We bought a can of Z-Spar Captain's Satin varnish which here is about $50.00 USD and have started using it. It has some gloss to it so it looks different than the Interlux satin varnish. We have done some door parts and some other areas in the Interlux so now what? We may have to keep using this Captain's Satin varnish and put a coat or two on some of the other spots but the door panels would be too hard to do.

 Z-Spar Flagship varnish is what we are using for gloss. 

The Epifanes is for sale here but again not like what we were using.

Varnishing stateroom parts

Middle of July 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay Mexico

 As you can see we have our work cut out for us. Still working on two big louvered doors and four drawers and some other pieces.