Boat check up
We calculated yesterday that Katana has been shrink-wrapped for approx. 6 weeks now. As I wanted to obtain my rock climbing harness which was still onboard Katana we decided yesterday to “break the seal” and go onboard. As you can see from the image below we had the guy who shrink wrapped her install a zippered door. Unfortunately the ladder we brought was a little short so it was a tad challenging to get in. I managed to do so without incident but we learned our lesson and will bring a taller ladder next time.
We had some really serious winds the other day so I am not sure if that was the cause but there were a few small tears/punctures in several places along the top of the shrink wrap. I used some duct tape to repair the holes. Hopefully that will hold and there wont be any more. We need to get back on board in a week or two and charge up the batteries (we were told to do that a couple of times over the winter). We’ll be able to check for any additional holes at that time.
It was a big jump to get in.
One of the things on our shopping list for Katana has been a SSB radio. Many cruisers swear by the benefits of being able to communicate over long distances with this type of radio and there are apparently many organized “cruiser’s nets” which are helpful to participate in. An additional feature of some SSB radios is their ability to send and receive email through a special modem. The price of a new setup like this (ICOM M802 + AT 140 tuner + Pactor III modem) would be over 5k installed. Ouch! Yesterday I read online where a seemingly very experienced radio guy in the US is selling off some older, but still strong and working radios, for a lot less money. A LOT! The downside to this particular radio is that it is not well suited for email (even though I have read where some people have been able to make it work). Given the price of the modem to send the email, which from what I see is over $1000.00, I think we’ll be working to beef up our Wifi capabilities for internet connectivity and rely primarily on that.
The radio we are looking at: Kenwood TKM-707.