We rented a car and explored more of our surroundings near Mount Desert Island. This included a day’s drive east to Winter Harbor and another drive west to Belfast and Camden. Pretty country.
We have also completed a few boat projects including updates to our PC-based navigation software and the installation of two Actisense interface devices allowing bi-directional communication from the boat’s N2K network to a laptop. End result is we now can drive the autopilot using routes and waypoints developed on the laptop and conversely can display N2K data on the laptop. This is a backup to our usual procedure of navigating routes from any of our Simrad multifunction displays. I also spent nearly a full day organizing our waypoints, routes, and tracks. They are now nicely organized, follow a useful naming convention, and have been deployed to all displays. Another major accomplishment has been the replacement of the old incandescent light fixtures in the engine room with LED fixtures. I’ve been wanting to do this for years. The result is terrific, the dim corners of the ER are now well lit making it so much easier to maintain systems without the need for flashlights or headlamps.
The weather has been terrific, temperatures in the 70’s most days and 60’s in the evening. A front is currently moving through generating some 15-20 knot winds but conditions will improve next week when we anticipate a departure for Shelburne, Nova Scotia to clear Canadian customs then planned stops at Lunenburg and Halifax. We should be returning to Southwest Harbor by the end of August.