Refit 2007-8
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Flat Screen TV! After a damp holiday stuck in Yarmouth for a week with only a laptop I felt it was time to look at alternative pleasures - like watching DVDs and Freeview. I came across an ideal solution from Bush. This 15 inch flat screen TV has an integral DVD, SD memory slot and USB 2 socket as well as Freeview. As you can see from the two pictures it is fairly unobtrusive and, even with a small indoor aerial performs well.

The TV is from Argos, a snip at 249.00. The power supply is only 12V at 4Amps and of course it plays digital radio too.

I intend to fit a pre-amp type aerial over the 2007-8 winter.

 

New Dingy... We ended this season with the expense of a new 2.3 metre dingy - 560.00ish. It was our contribution to the boat show! After much deliberation we chose the Loadstar with inflated keel and airfloor. The seat is solid, rather than an inflatable bag and the oars are 'pinned' into position. It is also one of the lightest dinghy's for its specification and is easily manhandled on and off the boat. The dog, Ben, took to it immediately.

   

Pushpit Frame 'Goal Post' fitted... January 2008 was productive - well sort of! A decision was made to fit a frame to the existing pushpit ready to take any aerials or solar panels we may fit in the future. The structure also enables easy fitting of a sunshade!

 

 

The pictures above give an idea of the fixture. It comprises of a single two bend 25mm x 16 gauge, SS, tube and two uprights designed with the height defined by the coinciding point where the uprights meet the horizontal part of the structure. All tube ends are terminated with adjustable internal interference fit end plugs, which are secured to the pushpit with 25mm clamps. The upper securing point for each tube is achieved effectively with 45mm SS Jubilee clips. The design allows for future modification to be made such as lowering the height simply by including two bends in the 'goal post' and reducing the height of the uprights.

 

 

TV & Solar Panel in Position.

Pictures above centre show the TV antenna and 55 watt solar panel fitted. The TV signal is passed via super low loss cable through the engine bay, avoiding any other cables, to a pre-amplifier and then routed through the chart table seat and below the port side bunk to a TV outlet at the front of the main cabin.

Starboard Rear Jackstay Anchor Point  Port Forward Jackstay Anchor Point

 

Jackstays...

Pictures above show anchor points for the jackstays. The right hand picture is of the rear starboard point and the photo on the right shows the anchor point for both port and starboard jackstays. The photos also show the method of stitching.