Friday we received a letter from the FCC. In it our call sign and MMSI code for our AIS and VHF radio. What a pleasant surprise, and now we are official, Lori Bell is in the worldwide data base.
Ok, I started this post on my iPhone. It takes much more effort to peck in a post on that thing. I tend to be less verbose and not flush out my thoughts as much when typing on it.
First off let me say I really enjoy WordPress as a service. I use their reader to follow a number of other sailing blogs and enjoy them immensely.
Here are two examples.
These are just so well done, as our blog tends to dwell on the grind of boat repair these blogs give us inspiration of what is ahead when we finish.
AIS and the FCC
Automatic Identification System- basically our boat will ping so other boat so equipped can see us on their plotters/radar.
Here is an what it looks like on a plotter, Port Canaveral.
If you are lucky you can catch a cruise ship coming and going.
Anyhow, a little over a week ago we applied at the FCC for a MMSI and call sign for Lori Bell. By Saturday when we got back from the boat there was a letter in the mailbox with our assignments. Wow, what super turn around, good job FCC.
What a photo
This photo encompasses the major themes of the work on the Bell. Finishing the electronic, FCC letter. Rigging the mast and boom, out haul blocks and goose neck. Engine Rebuild, piston rings.
Before the Mast
Mast work continues apace. The Alodine finish seems to be holding up nicely and is unchanged after two weeks.
Here is a photo of the old spreaders, their poor condition one of our prime motivations on restoring the mast.
Why are the two old spreaders of differing lengths you ask? Well good question, surely this was some new type of asymmetrical rig? My guess, no.
My task for the rest of this week is to figure out how to attach our AIS antenna, signal flag halyard and deck light to the spreaders with a minimal amount of drilling. I have some ideas of what may work, we shall see.
Our neighbor was washing his boat and a good six manatees were jockeying for position under the scuppers to get a drink.