Happy New Year! After a challenging couple of weeks trying to locate moorage for the Selene, I found a sub-let at Anacortes Marina. I was hoping to keep the new boat at my old marina, where we've moored the Willard for the past decade; but none of the slips would accommodate the 15'-10" beam of the Selene. So we're good for now but have been told that we'll need to vacate the slip come May when the owner returns with his own boat.
Soon after getting the boat settled into her new slip, I began to attack a list of "recommendations" from the survey. Though mostly minor repairs, they needed to be done right away since the insurance company requires that noted recommendations be corrected in a timely manner...meaning, ASAP! First on the list was a leaky bilge pump, also burned out light bulbs, installation of a CO detector and smoke alarms throughout the vessel, a stuck anchor windlass solenoid, and other small but necessary repairs.
But at the top of my personal list was a new navigation system to replace the dead PC that came with the boat. (I had to use my iPhone app on the delivery trip from Seattle to Anacortes!) After considerable research, I decided to go with Coastal Explorer nav software from Rose Point loaded onto a new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 tablet PC. For GPS and AIS transponder I chose the Vesper XB 8000 connected to the Surface Pro through a powered docking station. The Vesper unit can share GPS and AIS data with any smart phone or iPad onboard, so in effect we have (somewhat) redundant navigation at all times.
I mounted the computer on the port side of the pilothouse, making for a dedicated navigation area away from the helm station.
Lastly, I installed a large 19" Furuno monitor directly in front of the wheel that displays everything seen on the Surface Pro. The Furuno monitor will accept a variety of data and video inputs, so down the road I hope to add video feeds from a back-up camera and possibly the engine room.
We're Richard and Gwen (aka, Captain n' Cook), active boaters since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in the early 90s. In that time we've owned several interesting vessels, but this blog will record our adventures on MV Kika, a Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.