"Winter"jobs in progress !!!

"Winter"jobs in progress !!!

It is very peaceful here. November 1st is the official end of the land-based tourist season. There are still a few around but many of the bars and hotels are shut for the winter. Still 20 to 23 Deg C here and plenty of sun. The sun loungers are being removed from the long sandy beaches and they look great ! See photo looking towards Chance Discovery at anchor with her riding sail set - reduces the amount of swinging by keeping the nose into the wind.

I have been getting on with boat jobs. The main sail should be back from the sail maker mid next week having had the repairs done after the cluster*#§^ referred to in an earlier blog. I have changed out the Lewmar windlass control box and its relays for a new sealed unit. The old design was prone to corrosion problems and the relays had started to play up. Also fitted a new “down" deck switch - the old one had failed. The new design required a fair amount of re-arranging of wiring and installing a waterproof junction box but it was all achieved and works well. I can now drop and raise the anchor from the foot switches on the foredeck, the up / down control on the steering pedestal and also from the chain counter - also on the pedestal. Still need to fit a new magnet to the chain gypsy so the length of chain let out can be measured and displayed at the helm. I finally worked out the source of the water that collected in the drip tray of one of the A/C units that then over-flowed and soaked the carpet in the Pullman cabin. The tray has two outlets for condensed water to drain into the grey tank. The sump pump from the forward shower also goes to the grey tank. The pipework from both are interconnected and there is a one-way valve to stop water pumping from the shower tray into the drip tray. It had failed and, as a result, every time the shower tray was pumped out some of the water ended up in the A/C drip tray. Those flapper valves are not a good design and prone to leaking. I have now ordered a far better design from a different manufacturer. In the interim I have disconnected and plugged the pipes to the drip tray - will not be using the A/C in the winter so there will be no drips of condensation !

Lots of other small jobs being attended to including a hull scrub whilst snorkelling. More to do yet before setting sail for Valencia.