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ROPE ANTENNA September 23, 2008

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.
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Running up the antenna. This was easy. As mentioned before, I had added a block and line to the aft end of the mast top plate. The antenna comes with attachment points and shackles for each end. Attach shackles and pull line tight. I can do this. You also have a connection for the antenna that attached to the wire that leads from the tuner. During electrical storms I can just lower the antenna and coil it up. I do not know weather that would help in a strike. I figure with my luck, all this equipment will end up as a big ozone cloud. If there is a hurricane, I will cut the wire and install a coupler. I only need 4 ½ more years without a hurricane, then it will have to chase me.

It is there and it works. The first major buy for going cruising. What next. Need to make a decision soon and have no real idea. Am thinking about an autopilot, but am concerned about how it will run with my chart plotter, radar upgrade. Decisions, decisions.

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