We had a great Christmas at Rebak Island. We had been there for two weeks before Christmas and many of our cruising friends moved on to Thailand or flew home. But there were still quite a few at Rebak.
During the week before Christmas we got a couple of important boat jobs done. The first was to install our spare autopilot - another Raymarine SPX-5 GP. We bought the backup unit just before leaving Darwin after the primary unit misbehaved temporarily. Since that time we decided that having a backup autopilot in a locker is all very well, but having it installed and calibrated would be much better. So we fully installed the backup so that both systems are powered-up together and a single switch selects which drives the ram (which turns the tiller). The one trick discovered is NOT to let both units send their heading data out onto the shared SeaTalk network - that's very confusing (especially if one is misbehaving or uncalibrated)!
|Backup Autopilot Controller in quarterberth|
|Second chartplotter installed in cockpit|
|Rebak Island Resort pool|
|Rebak Island Resort|
On Boxing Day we departed Rebak Island for a 10-day cruise around Langkawi.