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Some progress finally being made

Over last few days, some progress has been made - fridge is now repaired & working fine, North Sails collected the mainsail and genoa which they have kindly agreed to service for me free of charge - thank you, Jon!  Andersen (Lars Legarth) sent free winch spares from Denmark (in addition to a replacement handle for one dropped overboard on the sail up to Sitka from Hawaii in August!) - thank you!  Steve Harrison has taken my boom and gooseneck fittings to his workshop to repair/renew - toggle and other parts were badly worn (see photo) after ten years of cruising with several recent offshore & ocean passages.
I've finished checking over the cockpit wiring and started on chart table area - things are slowly making sense & looking up!  Working on that tonight.  Not looking forward to running new wire from mast-top for new wind display, nor for new radar scanner on stern arch...!
Mast steps are due here tomorrow, as is new Raymarine equipment (including radar scanner and replacement control head for autopilot) 
I've been looking at order for back-up paper charts - needed chart catalogues from just about all world regions - West Marine have ordered missing ones to be here Friday - nice to know the NIMA ones are free!  Tried sending email plus photos to 'blog' site via Flickr - reasonably successful but took a long time to upload.  Useful experiment for when on passage.  Finding photos taking quite a time to organize - especially if I want to reduce them in size for emailing.
Had an enjoyable lunch as guest of a group of bridge-playing ladies I met this morning here at the SDYC.  Should have been working on wiring ..... but it's nice to relax occasionally!

Written by : Mike

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