Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35

Hallberg Rassy Rasmus 35
An Old Classic

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

An Update from Pat

I am now waiting for the second set of custom engine feet to arrive before I can get the engine in its spot.  In the meantime I am finishing up some interior woodwork which included making four drawers and 2 doors for the galley.  I used cherry for this job.  I am also doing some finalizing on solar panel installation and I put in a lightning ground plate where the Dynaplate was located and moved the Dynaplate.  After reading a lot on grounding systems, I am getting a better feel about this fairly confusing and contradictory subject.  It looks like the lightning ground and DC ground are kept separate, and that's what I am doing.  It also looks as though the SSB radio ground is kept separate from the DC ground, but I've read that you can accomplish this via electronic circuitry.  My engine should be installed in a few weeks and then I will finish the mast rebuild.  That will get me very close to getting the boat in the water.  I am planning a 4 month cruise starting in February 2013.  I will start from Little Rock, Arkansas and cruise down the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers to the gulf and head to Key West and then the Bahamas.  I expect my brother to join me there and we will cruise the Bahamas for a month together before I drop him off and head......well, who knows.  I hadn't decided yet.  I will start another blog and document my travels as they happen.

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