Determined to finish my project work, I started early and by the time the chandleries were open I was ready to go shopping for the missing wire and the 2-3 bolts and screws which I needed to replace as they'd either fallen overboard or headed into the abyssal depths of the bilge. The little chandlery and the Falmouth marina docks is my last choice, as it is run by a lady who is one of the most impolite shopkeepers I've ever encountered, so my first stop was the chandlery at the Catamaran Co. docks, where I got electrical tape, my screw/bolts but they had no wire, and the local shop that would carry 2-strand turned out to be closed on Saturdays. Then I dinghied over to a little chandlery over a gas station, but they were closed so my final stop was at the store I least wanted to go to. As I entered, the proprietress was telling someone “How should I know, I'm not a mind-reader! What do you want?” and when it was my turn at the queue I considered myself fortunate to merely get a “No.” as a response.
Back aboard I used some small-diameter cable to complete the project, at least until I could get some proper-sized cabling elsewhere. When I tested the connections and settings in the dinghy garage everything worked, but once I completed the project it no longer did, and it took a bit of testing to discover that a crimped connection on the small wire had torn the delicate strands and broken the connection, although it looked perfectly in order; the broken spot was hidden beneath the heat-shrink tubing I'd used. I got that sorted out and worked on the LED strips to make them a bit more weather- and corrosion-resistant and by the time all of that had been done it was in the late afternoon already.
Then began the hard work of cleaning up, which I only partially finished before giving a virtual "I give up" gesture and postponing those chores to the next morning. I went ashore to have some interesting conversations with some sailors at Happy Hour and after checking out the menus of the restaurants between Falmouth and English harbours I opted to get another tasty pizza, this time a 3-cheese vegetarian one and subsequently returned to the boat in order to bask in the dimmable glory of my new LED cockpit lighting.

Sunrise over Falmouth The distinctive silhouette of "A" and the rising sun in Falmouth, Antigua
[17°0'47.25"N 61°46'38.94"W (facing E)]
Sunrise over Falmouth
Dawn arrival of Sea Rhapsody The big yacht Sea Rhapsody sneaks by the anchored boats in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua at dawn, flying her yellow "Q"uarantine flag.
[17°0'47.06"N 61°46'39.14"W (facing SE)]
Dawn arrival of Sea Rhapsody
Big yachts anchored in Falmouth Some very large yachts are anchored in Falmouth Harbour, Antigua and the huge yachts are all the docks.
[17°0'47.25"N 61°46'37.28"W (facing N)]
Big yachts anchored in Falmouth
Sailing lessons in Falmouth The Falmouth Harbour area is used by various yachts for sailing lessons in sheltered waters.
[17°0'46.55"N 61°46'39.02"W (facing SE)]
Sailing lessons in Falmouth
LED Project in the dinghy garage Here I'm crimping and setting up the dimmer wires and power connection for the cockpit LED project in the dinghy garage. The LED strip is one I use for testing and am keeping as a reserve light source for the cockpit as these are extremely powerful and bright.
(2013-03-16 12:04:15 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.0, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 1.41m)
LED Project in the dinghy garage
Dimmer mounted in the bilge This was a hard picture to get, since the camera needed to be held upside-down in an area I can't really look into.
(2013-03-16 12:46:54 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.0, 1/5s] ISO 100 Focus 0.42m)
Dimmer mounted in the bilge
Dimmer cockpit controls The dimmer switch installed on the starboard instrument panel next to the bowthruster and anchor controls.
(2013-03-17 08:25:42 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.47m)
Dimmer cockpit controls
Purebred racer This sleek purebred racing boat is heading out to sea, the various sails can be seen flaked on deck.
[17°0'48.43"N 61°46'38.36"W (facing SE)]
Purebred racer
Moonbird and mast section The remains of the missing mast section stored aboard the yacht. She was dismasted recently.
[17°0'46.3"N 61°46'18.68"W (facing S)]
Moonbird and mast section
Moonbird's missing mast section The top section of Moonbird's carbon fiber mast is gone, she was dismasted recently.
[17°0'44.49"N 61°46'21.73"W (facing NE)]
Moonbird's missing mast section
Project workbench on Zanshin The main saloon table is protected by a thick plastic sheet from damage by cutting or soldering.
(2013-03-16 06:29:10 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/1.8, 1/8s] ISO 100 Focus 1.78m)
Project workbench on Zanshin
Falmouth setting sun The sun sets behind the hills forming the protection of Falmouth Harbour, Antigua.
[17°0'48.21"N 61°46'38.05"W (facing W)]
Falmouth setting sun
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