Well that time of the year is upon us once more. Winter is when we are much more comfortable sitting in a country pub by an open fire with a glass of fine ale. in the meantime our spring and summer hobby is sitting ashore or closed up in a marina feeling very lonely.
This is the time to think about those boat Electrical and Electronic jobs that need looking into, but also how is the old girl coping in the cold. Are the batteries coping with the changes in temperature? Do you have shore power connected with the battery charger keeping the cells happy? So many boat owners don't think about the importance of keeping them charged in the cold weather, then in the spring find that they are no longer able to function and could well be needing to be replaced. Also important is having a good dehumidifier on board to keep everything nice and dry. Most are compact in size and have a drain tube so you are able to keep it running without having to keep emptying the tank.
Now back to those jobs. If you are out of the water this is a great time to fully check the Anodes and how much life they still have in them, and whilst under the boat, how are the transducers.
Is your instrumentation and equipment past its best? Have you been thinking about upgrading the displays to more user friendly ones? Are you thinking about a networked system where all the instruments are able to talk to each other? Do you like the idea of the latest ChartPlottters, that allow you to see exactly where you are at anytime. Do you like the idea of this information right where you are at the helm? Consider the routing of cables do Deck-heads have to be removed? Winter is a great time to have this work carried out.
if you like the idea of new equipment we offer the chance for you to come and see the latest set up on Astrality just to whet your appetite. We can also carry out winter checks on your electrical set up. For more information please drop us an email, you can find us on the contact us page.
Ian is the owner of Astrality Marine. A Former RAF A Tech Avionics (EngTech) with 15 years on Aircraft like the VC10, Tristar and Tornado before civilian life took him to work within BlueChip companies as a Lead Engineer. Residing in the Southwest.