The stern rail has been getting our attention. We have re-done the bimini to stern rail bracing.
We are also doing bunches of small clean up items and adding a couple of items:
- We are adding a WiFi antenna to the davits by the stern light.
- We are adding a GPS antenna.
That means a few more wires to snake down with the two #8 winch wire. This time we will snake them up over the bimini and down with the solar panel wires.
The davits get wet when raising the dinghy from salt water dripping or splashing off the dinghy sides and bottom etc. They are hard to clean with wire tied to the davits. So up and over this time.
We also had a a stop welded onto the top of the davits so the Garhauer Marine Lifting Davit would not rest on top of the davits. That happened sometimes and when jerking the motor on the lift as sometimes happens it would press down on the davits. This way, the Garhauer Marine Lifting Davit has clearance from the davits.
Originally, we had planed to drill a hole through the SS tubing and the end caps. This would allow us to put quarter-twenty bolts through each end cap and tube. Not relying on the set screws to hold them together. It proved to be much harder than we thought. Now we see it would require say a 1\2" DeWalt drill and really good drill bits and a lot of work. Or a drill press and do it in a shop\garage. So we have opted for welding the ones we think need to attached this way. Not all do but there are a fair amount that do. High winds and heeling in a big sea would be a cause to bring down the works. With the solar panels adding weight this is important. Any one crossing an ocean would also want to do that.