We have just returned from a long weekend visiting Zen Again. On Wednesday night we travelled north from London to Glasgow on the Caledonian Sleeper. On Thursday morning we continued by coach to Dunstaffnage.
Before leaving Zen Again last month we prepared her for haul-out and de-rigging. When we arrived she was ashore with the rig neatly laid out alongside.
|Zen Again ashore|
|Rig awaiting work|
The yard staff had already removed the old transducers from the hull. We removed the old ST40 display and the wiring to the old transducers, then fed through the cable from the DST800 and connected it into our NMEA2000 network.
Next we removed our very old Garmin GPSmap450 from the cockpit and replaced it with the newer Garmin GPSmap451 from the navstation. Rearranging the cabling took a little while but this eliminated SeaTalk and NMEA0183 from everywhere except the autopilots. And we were left with a fully functioning NMEA2000 network connecting AIS, triducer, chart plotter and VHF. Sooooo much neater than NMEA0183!!!
Setting up the GPSmap451 to display boat speed, water depth, COG and SOG was easy. That will be our main cockpit display instrument. We'll be chart plotting on our iPads using our Vesper XB8000 AIS's WiFi hotspot. The AIS is now the heart of our electronics system with NMEA2000 and WiFi feeding and distributing data. Simple and effective.
|View of Oban from the northern end of the harbour|
The simplest part was mounting the heater itself at the forward end of the saloon on the port side. This located it under the hole in the coachroof once used for the chimney of a solid fuel heater - when the boat was Japanese and named Shirahae. Since then there has been a mushroom vent filling the hole. Back in 2011 while in Darwin we replaced the headlining and the new headliner had no hole for a chimney.
To fit the chimney we had to take down the Laminex headliner and cut the hole for the chimney. Then back up with the headliner and fit the P9000's flue cap. Finally we offered up the chimney pipe and found it was exactly the right length. More happy coincidence!
|Dickinson Heater showing chimney|
|Dickinson Heater detail|
We spent Saturday morning tidying up the boat and making her ready for winter. The yard mechanic had winterised the engine when Zen Again was hauled out. We went through the boat making sure all clothes, towels etc were stowed in sealed boxes or bags, all five low-power electric "tube" heaters were safely placed and working, and all tools oiled and stowed.
|View of Oban from the ferry dock|
|View of Oban from southern end of the harbour|
Preparations for replacement of our standing rigging and main furler are now in place with Owen Sails. They will also be tidying up our sails and boombag over the winter.