This morning I went to a boat garage sale in Victoria. Very happy I went as I picked up some bargains and crossed a couple of items off my ‘to get’ list. Luckily I was able to get into the venue early with a vendor and have a scope around before the public entered.
First I picked up an inflatable dinghy for $150, not a youngster but seems to hold air well and is small enough to handle easily by myself. It also rolls up quite small for stowage on deck when at sea.
Secondly I found an inflatable kayak, it’s a West Marine Advanced Elements model. Not exactly top of the range but for $100 it will do nicely. So, all my boating needs met for $250 in one morning.
This afternoon I bought an additional solar panel to complement my existing panel. With both panels I only have a total of 100W. However, my electrical needs are light and the two panels should be fine for day to day operation without running the engine. Yesterday I fitted LED’s lamps to my navigation lights, they use very little power and put out a nice bright light. This cuts down on the battery drain overnight when at sea.
The cherry blossom is out in force in Victoria, very pretty but of course it rained and blew cold just after I took the photo.
Today was too cold, windy and wet to do much outside. Anyway my hands needed a break to heal after doing rope work yesterday. My hands are still soft from the easy life at home over summer. It was also too cold to do another epoxy patch in the fresh water tank today, I will do it first thing in the morning.