The boat goes in next Friday, D Day. I may have a delay becoming a sailboat
though. I was going to put the mast up at the wharf where I'm keeping the
boat but just figured out that the configuration of the crane and dock makes
it impractical. So, I've got to go get in the line at the yard next door.
You'd never know there was a recession up here. I went to the marine
electronics place literally 200 feet from the shed where I'm working on the
mast to buy the new coax. I thought the end fitting that went at the top of
the mast in the weather had to be crimped on with a special tool and I asked
if they could come over and do it. It sounded like it would be a couple of
weeks. I said, "But, it will take 5 minutes and I'm right there next door."
"We've got six jobs going right next door the other way. Full Nav-Net
packages.", he said, looking down his nose.
"Always good to be in the toy business during a recession", I said.
I was relieved to find out that they consider the hand crimp terminals just
as good. I was even more relieved to find out that they were out of RG-58.
It turned out that a pre made 50' length with W.T. molded terminals was the
same price at Hamilton. I put that terminal up in the weather and the hand
crimped one will be inside the mast.
I expect I'll still be working on the boat a lot next year, just as you do.
I've reached the point now though where I've rebuilt or checked every
critical system and completed the major additions. If I decide to take her
south next fall and then start a few years of cruising from there, she's
ready to go and shouldn't need any more major work that I can't undertake
while she's operational.