Sunspot Photo Tour - Page 3 of 8

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[On deck, foredeck view]

On deck, foredeck view. You can see the Lofrans Tigres windlass for the main anchor rode. It is mounted on a teak base to adapt it to the slightly curved foredeck. The chain locker is not very large, so there's not enough room for two big anchor rodes. I keep the rope and chain for the secondary rode in the cockpit locker, although there is a chain hole just to the left of the windlass if the rodes were smaller. On the bulwark just below the washdown hose you can see a small black object which is the connector for the handheld windlass controller. The controller has a clip so it can hang from the pulpit. On the bulwark at the bottom left of the picture is the handle for manual operation of the windlass.

[On deck, starboard side view]

On deck, starboard side view. You can see the folded-up 10' Portabote dinghy tied to the lifelines. I can assemble it with a little difficulty on the coachroof, by closing the hatch that's open and resting the dinghy crosswise from the lifeline to the coachroof. You can also see the folded-up Avon inflatable on the coachroof. The Avon is more difficult to assemble on-deck. Just forward of the Avon, you can see the small round vent for the propane cabin heater. Just ahead of the Portabote on the side deck, you can see the deck plate for the water fill. There is another one on the port side deck.

[On deck, midship view]

On deck, midship view. Here you can see how big the dodger is. Just ahead of the dodger, there are two teak chocks on the coachroof, probably added long ago to store a hard dinghy. The boat must have had an aft traveler at one time. The present Harken traveler is relatively new, although the teak traveler base was on the boat when I got it (along with the old Lewmar traveler that had some problems).

[On deck, cockpit view]

On deck, cockpit view. The pedestal has a nice grab rail. On the left side of the grab rail, you can see a small white platform where I mount the Magellan GPS while out cruising. I use a DC power adapter to run it off the boat's battery, and run the power wire straight up to a velcro loop on the dodger, then forward to another loop and down to a DC outlet just below the engine instrument panel (next to the companionway). On the forward side of the grab rail is a small folded-up teak cockpit table. The wheel has a stainless steel hub ring which is how the windvane turns the wheel (the control lines are not hooked up at present). At about the 10 o'clock position on the hub ring, you can see the control that disengages the inner and outer hub rings, so you can manually steer even with the windvane control lines hooked up. In the forward port corner of the cockpit, you can see where I store the Coleman PowerMate generator. I currently have the generator off the boat—it stopped working, probably due to lack of use. At the forward end of the cockpit well, you can see where I store the lexan companionway drop boards. The port cockpit locker is dedicated to propane tank storage. Almost out of view at the bottom left is the white holder where I keep the handheld VHF while underway.

[On deck, starboard side of cockpit]

On deck, starboard side of cockpit. Again, you can see the folded-up Portabote dinghy along the lifelines. Just outboard of the lifeline gate, you can see the folded-up aluminum boarding ladder tied off in its non-deployed position. There are two small mounting brackets on the teak cap rail. You can see how the dodger has some extra cloth for extra side protection, which I have rolled up and tied to the dodger frame. The cockpit cubby has a freshwater spigot at its forward end, a shore water connection at its aft end, and also has a digital thermometer sensor, a connector for the cockpit stereo speakers, and a switch to disable the cockpit VHF speaker. Oh yeah, it also has space for a winch handle!

[On deck, forward end of cockpit]

On deck, forward end of cockpit. Here you see the engine instrument panel, behind a lexan protective panel. The red dot on the instrument panel is a combination buzzer/light to warn you of low oil pressure or high coolant temperature. This is a standard item sold by Cole-Hersee. Above the instrument panel, you see the depth sounder and knotmeter. Between the two dials, you see a small white bar which is a light that comes on when the bilge pump is active. Below the instrument panel, you see a round electrical connector (for a spotlight) then two oblong 12V connectors (one for the cockpit GPS, one for the cockpit light and/or portable anchor light). The round connector is a special connector set that I ordered from the Allied Electronics catalog to replace a cheesy two-pin DC connector. The spotlight has a springy coiled cord, and the connector plug used to pull out of the outlet, since it was held in-place only by the friction of two small pins. The new connectors are twist-lock. To the right of the instrument panel, you see a padeye for clipping in your harness when coming up from below. There is another cockpit padeye near the helm. The speaker is for the main VHF, which is below by the nav station. There is another speaker below by the nav station, with a switch for selecting inside/outside/both speakers. I normally leave the main VHF on channel 16, and use the handheld VHF in the cockpit to talk to marinas, other boats, etc. To prevent audio feedback, I have a switch in the cockpit cubby to disable the cockpit VHF speaker. The big black object at left is the Coleman PowerMate generator, double-wrapped in trash bags (how elegant!).

[On deck, aft end of cockpit]

On deck, aft end of cockpit. The usual clutter of stuff on the stern pulpit, made somewhat worse due to the relatively narrow width of Sunspot's canoe stern. At the forward end of the pulpit on each side, you can see the U-shaped plastic brackets for the cockpit stereo speakers. At the right side of the picture, hanging from the lifeline, are the control lines for the two furlers. To the left of the backstay, you see a white tube going up out of the picture. This is a small conduit for the antenna wire, leading up to the insulated backstay.

[Propane locker]

Propane locker. This occupies the port cockpit locker, and contains four five-pound steel tanks, plus a small portable tank for a propane torch. You might just be able to make out several clothespins—these say "empty" and are clipped to a tank once it runs out of gas. At the bottom-left of the picture, on the outside surface of the locker, are the autopilot engage/disengage handle, the holder for the handheld VHF, and a bracket for the Plastimo handbearing compass.


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