An early morning e-mail notified me that the bimini had been re-stitched, and that they were working on the little bimini-pole cover that I'd commissioned them to make which should cover the wires and deck connectors to keep them a bit protected from rain and spray; although they are waterproof and all of the electrical connections have been heat-shrunk sealed I prefer to not to give salt water a chance at zapping the solar installation. I waited a bit and headed out to the sail makers at about 10 in the morning but they weren't quite finished and asked me to come back in a half-hour. So I went to ELECTEC for some relays in order to augment the cooling for the fridge by adding a fan and then had a coffee down at Lagoonie's. Mark dropped by, he'd been to my boat and seen that the dinghy was gone and knew where I'd most likely be, so we chatted for a while and the 30 minute wait extended to over an hour, but when I went up to the loft they had finished. There was a bit of discussion about the re-work, since the person doing the work was adamant that she'd done exactly what I'd asked, but I had had a witness and had also taken pictures. Unfortunately they had run out of Velcro with sticky-back for the panels (although they'd put on the bill) so I ended up having to source that myself rather than wait for them to order it. The two local chandleries wanted about $13 per foot; but I went to ACE Hardware and managed to get it for about $1/foot. That shows how big the markup can be for “yacht” items!
Back aboard I proceeded to get the bimini up and attach the panels. The new stitching was spot-on and by 17:00 I had the panels attached and the wiring temporarily completed, I'll do the final work tomorrow. I've also got the O-ring and repair kit for the head - but I'm not in the mood to do that now. I did head in to the SMYC to say hello to the crowd and then to Barnacle's for some Saganaki plus listening to Mason doing one set with his solo show.

Bella Ragazza through the bridge Bella Ragazza going through the Simpson Bay Brdige at 17:00 as seen from my position in the anchorage.
(2015-03-26 17:01:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Bella Ragazza through the bridge
Solar installation - final day Dodger panels soaking up the sun in the late afternoon while anchored in the Simpson Bay Lagoon
(2015-03-26 16:57:15 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Solar installation - final day
Solar installation - final day Dodger and Bimini solar installation
(2015-03-26 16:56:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Solar installation - final day
Happy Hour Presidente A celebratory Presidente beer after finishing the preliminary solar installation.
(2015-03-26 16:54:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Happy Hour Presidente
Solar installation - final day Bimini panel installation completed.
(2015-03-26 16:57:01 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/18.0, 1/25s] ISO 100)
Solar installation - final day
Solar installation - final day Bimini folded on the transom in preparation for installation.
(2015-03-26 12:00:26 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Solar installation - final day
Solar installation - final day Four Solbian 125 Watt panels attached to the bimini
(2015-03-26 16:55:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/40s] ISO 100)
Solar installation - final day
Evening Bloody Marys These Bloody Marys look quite appetizing, almost like a mini meals in and of themselves.
(2015-03-26 19:21:44 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Evening Bloody Marys
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