With some help from Charlene during the critical seal-and-bolt phase of work, the dodger windows are finally done today. (Okay, still need to tighten some bolts in a few days, but that doesn’t count.) I am really happy with how everything turned out, although it was a pretty crazy amount of work:
Here is how things look from inside the cockpit now:
You sort of feel like you’re in a tank with all the bolts and bulletproof glass. But it’s crystal clear and extremely secure. In the end this project was almost as complicated and probably almost as time consuming as redoing the electrical system. But it makes a huge cosmetic and seaworthiness difference, so worth the effort. Here’s hoping it lasts a while. I’m planning to get some new awnings made sometime soon, which should help minimize UV damage.
Here’s one other picture for the heck of it, of the new horseshoe buoy, with the nice hardware from the old one spliced on:
I like it, but I think I’m also going to pick up a Lifesling sometime soon, as almost everyone seems to think it’s a great safety device, and it’s not too expensive. Looking forward to doing some MOB drills sometime after the new engine is installed!