Elemiah’s final upgrades before setting off across The Bay of Biscay

Last September Elemiah arrived in Falmouth and spent the winter afloat at Port Pendennis Marina.  Richard & Glenda spent the winter in Houston and sadly Glenda has to stay on working in Houston.

Richard arrived back in the UK end of April 2013 and has been upgrading her as follows: Powered Windlass, Larger self tailing primary winches, Latches on aft locker so they will not open in heavy seas, Better arrangement to strap the inflatable dinghy on deck, bought a drogue to be deployed in heavy weather, rigging inspected by professionals and replaced the VHF antenna & tricolour mast head Nav light.  Also, modified saloon table.

Now we have problem’s with alternator on both 24 volt and 12 volt systems.  This is being resolved and Richard now knows everything to do with alternators and their controllers.  Also, the exhaust from the boat central heating system is leaking so having to replace the piping.

On order is an SSB receiver to obtain weatherfax and Navtex info plus listen in to other boats and their experiences.

Thinking seriously of getting an AIS transponder, we receive but do not transmit.  Also, getting the SPOT system to transmit location to family and friends.

That is about it on things that are happening that I can remember.