Date: 3/1/09 (Sunday)
Location: Gaeta, Italy
We just finished re-wiring the Nav station with the help of Libero, an extremely well-qualified marine electrician who also teaches at the high school here in Gaeta. After adding a new chart plotter, AIS (for tracking commercial shipping movements) and Navtex receiver (for getting weather reports and security alerts here in Europe) in the past year, the tangle of wires was so bad that we were having trouble sliding the drawers underneath the Nav table. Libero called it, “Doing battle with the war of wires.” This is what happens when you’re the fourth owners of a cruising sailboat, and it is part of our seemingly never-ending efforts to “refit” the boat to meet our standards and needs.
While waiting for the weather to improve this year, we also created a new section of our website which is devoted to Refit and Repair projects that we have undertaken since purchasing Gyatso in October 2005. For those who are interested in these sorts of things, take a look and let us know what you think. There must be something to it, because it is already one of the most popular sections of our website.