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We decided to go back home on Monday as weather turned iffy and the forecast was even worse. Wind, rain, and getting stronger and wetter. The day was like in the picture below … but it was suppose to clear in the afternoon and overnight … it didn't. It was supposed to be an easy going two hour trip. We sailed out of the transient marina in the afternoon, filled up in another, and called Canadian Border Services Agency to report the crossing and clear the landing. As NEXUS card holders it was supposed to be an expedited clearance on water … it wasn't … we got diverted to a reporting center some 10 miles off our intended course. It was a night after a full moon. We were actually looking forward to do some evening cruising basking in the moonlight … it did not happen. A complete overcast and it was dark when we docked at the reporting marina. By the time we left it for the final leg home it was 9 PM, windy, rainy, and pitch black. Now, the radar … and instrument cruising. It is not easy and the unlit buoys are your worst enemy. Keeping the boat within a navigational channel and/or in deep water is not as big of a problem as avoiding these red (black) and green (black) floating chunks of metal. With our 2nm all around light we could spot them maybe 30 feet ahead and only if we looked intensely in the direction as indicated by the radar. The radar … glad we had it working that night. BTW, the CBSA officer never showed up … we were told we are clear to go. The diversion and the wait added 3 hours to our route … for nothing ... well done Canada! We have reached our home dock by 11 PM.
Dash view … old GPSMAP 535s with sonar connected moved to the side, and new GPSMAP 740 with radar connected mounted in center. Opted for the older generation GPSMAP 740 plus radar for a bundle price less than a newer Garmin chartplotter alone. That way both chartplotters have the same look and feel, meaning less confusion when setting and operating them. Chartplotters, another view ... the Faria fuel flow manager gauge installed last year also visible. Decided to make my own dash panel from 8 dollar black plastic sheet instead of paying nearly 500 dollars for a new OEM dash panel and cut a new hole in it. Used the same sheet doubled up to fabricate a base for swivel mounting bracket for the old chartplotter. New GMR 18 HD radar, new nav light, and new horn … the WiFi extender installed last year also visible. Another view from the back … had to remove the old nav light, fabricate, seal, and mount the new base on stand offs as the arch is curved in two directions. Then install the radar and new taller nav light. I kept the old (sick duck) horn as it is well suited for use in close quarters. Both horns are connected to the same switch that I changed to the "Momentary ON - OFF - Momentary ON" switch that happens to be Chap's OEM trim tab switch. Oh, my boat never sounded that good before ...