Hanging Out at the Sailboat

After several weeks of being stuck in our office (our other home), we finally got a break in our schedule so that we could head down to our second home and just hang out for a while.  No 20130505_084407_New Dock Stprojects, no work, just relaxation.  We watched a movie, played on our laptops, and just vegged.  It was really nice!

In this picture you can see what we see as we walk up the steps from our companionway.  This is a cargo ship that is docked at the berth directly astern and outside our marina.  Not exactly a beautiful island view from here, but it does make things interesting.  More interesting than the marina we used to be in, where the highlight of the morning was seeing a half-drunk sailor stumble to the men’s room from his Beneteau.

Weekend Work – The NavSlide Pedestal Mount

This weekend we added a mount to our steering that will allow us to mount our GPS, and anything else we wish, to a very versatile mount system that swivels and lets us slide to our instruments view better.

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As a disclosure, I was sent this unit as an “evaluation unit”.  I will add that I was looking at these about a year ago when I was looking for ways to mount our GPS to the pedestal, but at that time we had spent man thousands on outfitting our boat and I could not see spending the additional money on a mount.  Imagine my surprise when the owner of NaveSlide.no contacted me after watching our videos, and offered me the unit.

After receiving the NavSlide I quickly changed my thinking that we could have done without it.  It was much more substantially built than I expected and I can see how the new mount will become an additional safety feature.  It not only brings the GPS/depth finder close enough to clearly see, but also gives us several more places to use as hand holds.  Places to grab to keep you upright or from going overboard.  Yep, it’s that strong.  In fact, it is comprised of heavier steel than our Edson steering pedestal, and the engineering is impeccable.

I’ll have a detailed video on our Youtube channel and will repost it here, too.