First, I managed to get the chartplotter -> laptop working.
What had happened is that my NSS came with a piece of paper saying that the wiring in the manual was wrong and to use the one on the paper. Except the one on the manual wasn’t wrong.
Once I connected it up the way the manual said, it worked. Here are my feelings towards Simrad’s quality control.
On a happier note, I finished rebedding 2 more chainplates and then went sailing! I went with my friend emma and we orignally tried to go into a bay at D’arcy island but it was a bit dicey, so we hauled up the anchor and went to Sidney Spit instead.
On the way there we had a great 12 knot wind on the beam.
Tried a bit of drift halibut fishing at one point and either snagged bottom, or something large enough to snap 40lb test. We’ll go with the big fish story 😉
Sidney spit was interesting – there was a bunch of power boats pulled up on the sand with a bunch of DudeBros having a party and hootin’ and hollerin’. They eventually left (and throttled up all their boats right next to all the moored sailboats, creating a huge wake) but left a fire burning (and there are no fires allowed there anyway), wtf?! Dicks.
So I decided that this would be a great time to test out the dingy. We assembled it on deck, and rowed over to the island and put out the fire with sand. WE ARE HEROS. I am shit at rowing, but Emma is apparently a champion rower (like actually, rowing scholarship) or something and gave me instructions
I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M DOING
Once that was all dealt with, it was a lovely evening,
The way back there was no wind so we motored the whole way, but I went out a bit later in the day for an hour sail with my friend Josh who had moved to town. A quick one because it was supposed to get pretty stormy later on!
All in all, a nice weekend.