With the lack of rain, constant sun and warm temps, Redwood City has really lived up to its moniker "Climate Best By Government Test". A joint study conducted by the governments of the US and Germany found the area centered on Redwood City tied for the world's best climate with the Canary Islands and North Africa's Mediterranean Coast. And, the study sure proved valid this winter season.
|Everybody dresses ship during California Christmas.|
With all the fair weather, you bet we took advantage, completing many projects during our 4-plus month stay. Here's a list of work completed.
1. The navigation computer disk drive was replaced with a solid-state drive from Crucial causing about a 5-fold speed increase.
|Golight Floodlights built with super bright LEDs light up the ocean ahead at night.|
3. Running in the dark, even dimmed chart plotter displays reflect off the pilothouse ceiling. This impacts our night vision, so display hoods were fabricated from black foam board. Wow, this really is a big improvement!
4. The boat's teak was varnished while the hull and topsides were polished and waxed. All but two waste hoses were replaced with new.
5. The fresh water pump was relocated and rewired directly to the battery by-passing 60-feet of wire to the main circuit panel. This increased the water pressure from 35 to 55 pounds per square inch.
|New automatic Cannon down-riggers.|
|Three-carburetor BF-40 Honda outboard rebuild.|
8. Over the years, the boat has gotten used and even sometimes abused. Many gel coat and fiberglass chips, dings and dents make for a less than pristine appearance. So with abundant sunshine and warm temps of Redwood City, we mixed, dabbed, brushed and smoothed our way into a better looking boat.
9. The main and generator engine fluids and filters were changed out with new. This spring, a service mechanic will be employed to adjust the valve clearances, clean the heat exchanger, and flush and replace the coolant systems. The leaky stabilizer hydraulic tank cap housing was replaced and the tank is now completely "drip-less".
|Two new Citizen folding bicycles now grace the lazerette.|
11. In the cockpit area, we added an 120V electrical outlet and replaced exterior corroded drawer and cabinet hardware.
12. We replaced miscellaneous items including a prawn trap, fender covers, life vests, and the Lifeline rescue system.
We had a nice time with the boat located in our home state, however we miss the wilderness winter cruising of the Pacific Northwest. It's time to head back.