12th-15th May: New Outboard and Chart table

New Outboard: The weather over the weekend was force 7’s off and on which started me thinking about rough weather options. As a result, I finally decided to give up on the Torqeedo. I’ve ordered a 6hp Tohatsu from the Rib Shop – they are local and the price seemed competitive.

Chart Table: Watching the fireworks for the QM2’s birthday from inside Seatern (while moored to the jetty) I really needed to be able to lean back on the electric switchboard to see out of the oval window. This prompted me to make the cover which I had originally planned and then decided against. I then realised that it could also double as a chart table. I’m not likely to use it much as a chart table at sea since I don’t expect to do much navigating [explanation!]. However I think it will be useful when preparing pilotage for a trip or entering way marks into the chart plotter. I’m really pleased with the result.

When stowed the backrest clips out of the way. The chart table support either swings back against the original seat back or it can be removed. As a backrest it is supported by a wooden block screwed to the original seat back on the outboard side, and by the fold-away leg on the inboard side. The angle keeps it clear of the Echomax unit and the VHF microphone. When used as a chart table the Garmin chartplotter can be slotted into a holder just above it. This was my original “nighttime” place for the Garmin allowing the anchor alarm to be set while I sleep. The chart case was my original “chart table” which allows the chart to be used in the cockpit while sailing.

(Note added 29th July 2014: I do actually use it when sailing for noting events in my rough log; these later form the basis for diary entries on this web site. Since taking the original photos I’ve added non-slip matting and a low fiddle around the table to stop my logbook falling off. I’ve also got a pen and iPhone holder positioned right of the chart-plotter mounts. The photo shows the present configuration, the iPhone is showing the Met Office surface pressure chart!)