We got a bit of second wind last week! Yup, that’s right. We finally got around to sending Jer back up the mast to re-install our newly fixed wind instrument.
Yay! No more finger-lickin wind speed and direction testing, if you know what I mean. ;))
You might remember that we had to send Jereme up the mast shortly after we arrived here in Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo. But that trip up was simply to remove our wind instie that unfortunately broke sometime in the Bahamas. It was also Jer’s first time all the way up to the very tippy top of the mast and his first time using our awesome top-climber system.
Sadly, we still have no clue why our wind instie stopped working in the first place, but since it was pretty much brand spanking new at the time we sure weren’t willing to throw away an easy twelve hundred and not get it fixed.
Sending the instrument back to Raymarine wasn’t much trouble at all. Luckily, they fast tracked our fix since we are considered a “yacht in transit.” I’m pretty sure we had the instrument back in our hands only about 5 days after shipping it to Raymarine. Not bad, right?
Let’s not tell Raymarine that since they mailed it back to us so promptly, we’ve had it sitting inside the boat just waiting to be reinstalled for about, um, 2 months. Lol.
But we remedied that last week!
So, this second time to the top of the mast went so much smoother. We’re definitely getting much better at using our top-climber and getting Jer hooked into all of the necessary safety equipment to start his ascent to the top. What took us hours the first few times, took mere minutes this go round. Which came in handy since we decided to tackle this fun project about an hour before sunset…which is great for photos, but not so great for bugs. Aka mosquito happy hour! Ugh.
Our little mast climb must’ve been quite the spectacle because we managed to gain a small audience of local fishing boat owners who gathered around to check it all out. ;))
^^Wind anemometer successfully re-installed and working!!!^^
Thankfully, this trip up the mast went off without a hitch. Oh, other than those pesky mozzies who were buzzing our tower as soon as the sun set. Luckily, Jer was just wrapping up the job so we got him down the mast and inside the boat as quickly as possible. We definitely don’t need a case of chikungunya or dengue fever on this boat!
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