Standard Horizon GPS antenna hooked up but no data

Beginning of September 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico

We sent this off to Standard Horizon support.:


 Well we purchased the model number is Q7000619A antenna and have it mounted and the wire snaked back to the radio. We have connected the:
Brown wire from the antenna to the gray wire from the GX2150 radio.
We connected the green wire from the radio to a temporary red wire which is a ground to the boat.
We connected the red and black wires from the antenna to a power source. We tested for power using a test light and it lights, works so there is power to the antenna.
We turned on the radio but no GPS data came in.

I would imagine this data should not take longer than the 10 minuets that the alarm will sound at start up? 

How long should it take for the GPS data to arrive at the radio?

Does the green ground wire from the radio need to be to a buss to the house batteries or an earth ground like to the engine?

See pictures.

This is some of the wiring from the Garmin chart plotter 
to the Standard Horizon GX2150 radio. 

We did this so the Standard Horizon Gx2150 radio would get GPS data and then send AIS to the Garmin chart plotter. It works fine but... the radio sounds an alarm if it does not get GPS data. So if we do not want to use the electronics, only the VHF, then we get this alarm which is quite annoying and it needs to be shut off each time. It goes off at regular intervals as long as the radio is on. No way in settings to turn it off. So finally we bought a GPS antenna ($150.00 USD) for the Standard Horizon GX2150 radio alone so it does not need the chart plotter turned on for data.

We snaked up the GPS antenna wiring and the WiFi antenna wiring at the same time.

Debbie hooking up the wiring to a string we lowered.

Getting the cables up into the radio area (nav station).

Still smiling!

GPS wiring.

Debbie put the terminal ends on and got it all right, at least we think it is :)

Some of the Garmin 740 chart plotter wires are there still and this is still all temporary until we get it working and sorted out.

Lewmar H3 windless bolted in again

Beginning of September 2015 - At private slip in Nuevo Vallarta in Banderas Bay, Mexico

OK the Lewmar H3 windless is all back together. Not that there was not any problems :) 

Debbie actually carried the windless from the tool room by the car port to the boat and then up to the bow. That is quite a distance as we are housesitting a palace! We value this piece of machinery too much for it to be dropped or it going in the drink by sat the gardner or some other guy who works the property!

I lost a spring to one of the flippers on the manual recovery system. There are four and I lost one. 

Alan and Elizabeth s\v Vivacia had some extras for his Lewmar winches so he gave us a couple. So back together it is and all greased up with dissimilar metals gunk on the screw so they will come out easy nest season!

The holes for the windless mounting i had forgotten to chafer when originally installing the windless so we did it this time. It enables the Silicone to seal better around the studs etc.


All bolted in, now to hook up the wiring.

Lets go, were ready!


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

We took our bimini off and are (Debbie) is re-sewing some of the stitching and repairing a patch.

Debbie tried to replace the bimini with an old tarp we found here at the housesitting gig but it was shedding the brown and silver siding and making a general mess so we canned that idea. Debbie looked like she had a whole lot of freckles! We have some temp shade while we are working in the boat to keep the sun out of the companionway.

 Also adding some dot fasteners to the bimini for our re-designed stern shade for our re-designed davits.

Clyde was watching us :)

More varnishing and freezing it

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

The prepping of the area around the drawers in the storeroom. The prepping is not easy at times and it is summer so it is HOT. Cold put on the AC but we are in and out so much while working it is a pain to open and close thongs up. Wa Wa

Prepped but not taped yet. This area around the drawers will be satan.


.This could have been the last coat on this cane door between the hanging lockers but Careli the hose housekeeper decided she needed to touch it to see if it was wet!  :)

Why do people need to do that? It was going to need a finishing coat any way because of some hairs from the through away brush got in in it. Last coat we will use a sponge brush.

Nice spot to varnish. The drawer and small door on on their second coat. We have seven pieces we are varnishing from the stateroom right now, took on a lot. 

Next is a coat on this hanging locker door.

It is all prepped but we ran out of varnishing energy.

A nap was in order of things.

We are still working our way around the galley peninsula on the salon side. Next is in-between the slides for the salon table.

Being off the boat but having it at the private dock makes it easy to do these varnishing projects as we are not using the area, Maybe easy is not the right word, convenient would be better.

 Then this area will finish off the peninsula

To keep the whole can from getting contaminated we started putting some varnish in this small plastic drink cups. 

We use these any way for varnishing but now we pre-freeze the goss in the plastic cups. Then we can just deal with  a cup full if something happen or filter it to another cup instead of the whole can. Containers the size of the can are also problematic obtaining them here. In San Diego we would go tot he paint store and buy new empty cans for the varnish. Not s easy here..

Got some energy the next day and got the almost final  coat on.

The top where my hand is needs some touching up and there are a couple of lovers that need a another coat and then the whole door will need a last coat with non freezer (thinner) varnish. Just some sanding with wet #400 will do it for prep work. Now on to the next door. It is needing a couple more coats. These are a lot of work!

Lewmar H3 anchor windless back from Machine shop

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

As you can see we cleaned up the anchor locker and painted out the space for the Lewmar H3 anchor windless before we re-install it.

Also we did the same for the windless. We used bilge paint as it was a good match for the color of the windless and the only white paint we have, I think :)

Kato Marine Davit winch wiring

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

Debbie installed this 30 amp breaker switch along with the other winch wiring for a safety on\off for the Badland winch we installed to pull up the Achilles dinghy end with the Honda Outboard, gas tank, DaNard dinghy wheels - the heaver end :) The winch works with a remote but because sometimes our SSB radio turns on our bilge pump we did not want it turning on the winch and crunching our dinghy. This way we cut power to the winch and remote control box.

Control box under lazarett.

As you see we have some cleaning up and staking down 
to do on these busses. We wired up the winch and GPS antenna 
for the Standard Horizon radio here.

The Badland winch, wired up and ready to go!  
Now it just needs a canvas cover!!


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

Here you see the section of the galley peninsula 
on the salon side we have done in satin...three coats.

The section by the mirror we did in satin.

This got a bit ugly as I contaminated the varnish by using a dirty brush. 

This was the last coat here but will need to have another "last coat" when I filter the can of varnish. I was freezing the can and then pouring some out into a container. Then the leftover I was pouring back into the can. Because it is expensive here I do not want to waste any. Because it is thick as it is not quite frozen it cannot be filtered. So we need to defrost the can and filter it and then we can re-freeze it. Containers are the problem.

This in the stateroom - needs a last coat.

Still in the stateroom - needs a last coat too.