Today was a busy day. The main two tasks were to get the SSB installed (well, I'd just be watching Bill Trayfors and his son do the work) and then to pick up Bernd and Carmen at the Washington Dulles airport in the evening.
The work on the SSB went along well, despite Bill arriving later than planned due to traffic problems involved with a local marathon race and insufficient detour markings to show drivers which route to take to get past the runners without driving over them. Luckily Zanshin is big enough to make acces to many things aboard much simpler than usual, although it still helps to be a small, long-armed contortionist with no problems with claustrophobia.
I had to leave for Washington before Bill was finished, but afterward I knew that I could have waited another hour on the boat instead of in the waiting area for international arrivals at Dulles since the queues at Immigration were very long.

SSB Installation preparations I've marked the instrument panel as well as the upper panel for installation of the SSB control head in preparation for installation.
(2011-11-19 15:07:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.68m)
SSB Installation preparations
Floorboards removed for the SSB install The floorboards are up in order to expose the area where the SSB wires are to run and where the 24V to 12V converter is to be installed.
(2011-11-19 15:34:06 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 2.00m)
Floorboards removed for the SSB install
Messy main cabin As usual during construction projects, the main cabin looks a mess.
(2011-11-19 15:34:24 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 3.16m)
Messy main cabin
Bill Trayfors and son Bill Trayfors and his son aboard in order to install the ICOM SSB radio
(2011-11-19 20:02:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 200 Focus 2.00m)
Bill Trayfors and son
Garage access for SSB ground One of the panels in the dinghy garage removed in order to facilitate access and to put in the lengthy grounding cable.
(2011-11-19 20:09:29 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 140 Focus 0.79m)
Garage access for SSB ground
AT-140 Tuner installation The AT0-140 antenna tuner mounted to a panel which, in turn, is then mounted to the aft part of the dinghy garage.
(2011-11-19 20:09:38 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 1.00m)
AT-140 Tuner installation
Dinghy garage SSB installation AT-140 SSB tuner in the dinghy garage prior to installation.
(2011-11-19 20:09:21 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 110 Focus 1.33m)
Dinghy garage SSB installation
SSB Antenna through-hull The through-hull for the SSB antenna drilled and prior to putting a sealant on.
(2011-11-19 20:10:06 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 1.50m)
SSB Antenna through-hull
Bill Trayfors and son installing Bill and son installing the wiring and devices for the ICOM SSB on board.
(2011-11-20 00:58:47 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 2.66m)
Bill Trayfors and son installing
Bill Trayfors installing SSB Bill working on the SSB installation aboard Zanshin, here the work aft with the antenna is finished and the hefty 24V to 12V converter as well as the main control box still need to be installed.
(2011-11-20 00:59:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 1.50m)
Bill Trayfors installing SSB
Waiting for Bernd & Carmen at Dulles The waiting room for international arrivals. While the flights arrived, for the most part, on time the delays while being processed through Customs and Immigration were quite lengthy and I knew I was in for a long wait when Bernd texted me that he was still in line for Immigration although their flight had already landed almost an hour ago.
[38°57'10.2"N 77°26'54.7"W (facing SW)]
Waiting for Bernd & Carmen at Dulles
International arrivals at Dulles The waiting area at Dulles was full of patiently waiting adults and impatiently waiting kids; most of them were of South American descent as two flight were arriving from there. The Paris flight that Bernd and Carmen were on was on time, but the delays in Immigration and Customs were significant.
[38°57'10.2"N 77°26'54.7"W (facing SW)]
International arrivals at Dulles
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