Radar


Reboot finally has a working radar again. When arriving in Brisbane the radar failed. In addition the mast bracket came loose. I shipped the unit off to Garminโ„ข. They replaced it promptly with a refurbished unit with a one year warranty. I love this company. They have treated me exceptionally well. The problem was how as a solo sailor I was going to get the new unit up on the mast. Enter Manuel, my new crew for the trip to Cairns. Together we could do this. And we* did. But it took 6 hours on the mast. First we had to find new fasteners. That took four stores and several hours. Although Australia has decent stores they don t carry the diversity of stock found in the U.S. We finally found a specialty fastener store that carried the right size. Then we discovered that the old fasteners for the bracket did not want to come out. After several failed strategies we borrowed a hacksaw from the marina and cut them out. (Yes, Reboot has a hacksaw somewhere, in some locker …) Next was getti
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No Rules

Like most production boats Reboot has Ruleโ„ข bilge pumps and float switches. They claim the lifetime of the switch is longer than my projected lifetime. Not so much. The good news is that the bracket is a snap in saving me all sorts of work. Mission accomplished. Fair winds and following seas ๐Ÿ™‚
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Nick and Barbara of sv Val

Nick and Barbara were dropped off on Reboot by the NSW Marine Police last night. We had some adult beverages and a good pasta dinner. They then got the first decent sleep in several days….Their story has gone global. They received telephone calls from Ireland and India asking for a statement. Also beautiful is the local outpouring of support including places to stay etc…The current plan is to see if we can locate sv Val and go retrieve her. …Fair winds and following seas โ˜บ
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Aussie Spirit

I was sitting on Reboot reading. She is rocking 30 degrees (15 a side.) XO unhappy and needy. He doesn t like the continual rocking at anchor. Rain coming and going, “heavy at times.” Like most of the day. Heavy.I look North and what did I see? A fleet of racing sailboats headed for me. Turns out the mark was only 1,000 yards away. Watched them come and round all day. “A man s gotta do what a man s gotta do.” Crazy, but fun to watch.Fair winds and following seas :)Roger sv Reboot
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Starter Battery

Took the dead starter battery of Reboot. A friend put it on his charger. After two days we declared it dead. Bought a new battery. Hooked it up. Nothing. Put meter on battery. Plenty of voltage. Noticed an extra wire I had no hooked up. Hooked it up. Wow, it works! Hehe….. Moral: You need all the wires….. Fair winds and following seas :)P.S. raining again today after raining all last night. Ugh
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