Zen Again has had several Christmas treats. She is now fully prepared for our upcoming cruise south to Geographe Bay. She's a very spoiled lady!
The first treat was a new yankee jib from Extreme Sails. The sail is radial cut from 7.1oz cruising laminate and has foam luff padding and a canvas UV strip. Looking forward to trying it out - it's fairly big at 33 square metres.
|Yankee ready to go|
|About 4x diameter of the old sail!|
After playing with the unit at home we changed our minds about where best to mount it. We had planned to mount it out of sight behind the instrument panel but that wasn't a good idea. Being able to see the unit's display is more than useful. So it is mounted on the bulkhead in the nav station.
The location of the unit is important for another reason. Although we have an external antenna for the Iridium satellite signal there is only an internal GPS antenna. Therefore I mounted the unit close under our fibreglass deck which appears to be working fine.
Here are some photos of the unit in action.
|GPS locked and searching for Iridium satellite|
|Downloading a GRIB file|
So where did we mount the external Iridium signal antenna? I decided to try mounting it below decks. This won't give optimal performance but _is_ working. Not recommended!
|"External" Iridium signal antenna|
|Using the PredictWind Offshore app|