Just because Katana is “on the hard” certainly does not mean that work on her has ceased. We have yet to install our nice, new, electric anchor windlass and although we won’t be completing the job until the spring, we figured we could get some preparatory work done over the winter. As the deck where the windlass is going to be installed is not perfectly flat, we think we will need to build it up with a pad of some sort to make a level mounting surface. Our mechanically-minded friend Chris is going to help us with this project and so he visited our boat with us yesterday to work out the shape of this pad. We have still yet to decide on a material for it though. I have seen (on the internet) some installations done with a wooden pad. Instead of this we were thinking of using some high-tec plastic. Plastic is not really the correct term as Chris is quick to point out. The materials we have been discussing are High Density Polyethylene or Delrin (they both look like plastic to me). The questions in our minds are whether these materials will be too brittle for the task and how will they handle the constant exposure to the sun.