The docks were busy today, particularly those where the local powerboats are located and there was a lot of boat traffic going into and out of the marina; but the slip next to mine on the starboard side had been vacated the night before and remained empty. I used this to get out my AwlCare cleaning solution and prepared a bucket, rag and chamois to remove some of the deposits from the hull. I washed the topsides from the deck and got into the dinghy and did some serious scrubbing followed with a wash down and subsequent drying with the chamois cloth to get a nice shine on the starboard side. The German charter boat on the port side will be leaving tomorrow and I'll get that side of Zanshin done then.
I had thawed out my braising beef overnight and sliced that up to put into the slow cooker. Instead of a full sauce, I just added some spices and bouillon cubes and let the meat slow-cook all day so make a simple stew sauce and some very tender beef for the freezer.
I attacked my windlass remote control problem in the afternoon; the remote control works but the chain counter doesn't which means that the remote switches off after a couple of seconds with an error message of “No Sensor”. My suspicion that the magnet used for the reed contact was clogged with metal shavings and rust was correct, but after removing the rust and cleaning the windlass base it still didn't work so I had to get out my replacement sensor kit and see if that would solve the problem. After a lot of work and climbing into and out of the anchor locker several times to access the wiring underneath the windlass I did get the new sensor reed switch to work. But after replacing everything and soldering the new connections the system was once again inoperative and the sun was setting so I had to postpone project completion for tomorrow.
I decided that tonight I'd watch a movie on the computer and opted for a television series called “Person of Interest” which I binge-watched for 3 episodes, all the while consuming some bread and cold-cuts for dinner along with a glass or two of red wine.


Looking down the dock From Zanshin's position on the right I'm looking down the dock towards the entrance gate
(2017-04-08 11:38:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/2000s] ISO 250)
Looking down the dock
Med-Moored yachts at the Marina The yachts all back in stern-to to the dock and pickup a mooring ball on the bow to keep them aligned at 90 degrees to the dock at the Marina Bas du Fort in Guadeloupe
(2017-04-08 16:32:10 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 250)
Med-Moored yachts at the Marina
Zanshin docked at the Marina Bas du Fort Docked using the med-moor method at the Marina Bas du Fort in Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe
(2017-04-08 16:32:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/400s] ISO 250)
Zanshin docked at the Marina Bas du Fort
Metal flakes adhering to the windlass magnet The magnet used to trigger the reed switch on the base of the windlass is clogged with metal particles from the old rusted chain. The bottom will get cleaned prior to re-insertion.
(2017-04-08 15:25:37 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/640s] ISO 250)
Metal flakes adhering to the windlass magnet
Windlass base repair The top has been taken off the windlass and the reed contact switch replaced but not inserted yet. I'll have to do something about all the ingrained rust
(2017-04-08 16:31:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/640s] ISO 250)
Windlass base repair
Kissing Neighbours The boats are all docked stern-to and close together at the Marina Bas du Fort
(2017-04-08 11:38:59 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 250)
Kissing Neighbours
Windlass repair in Guadeloupe I'm cleaning and repairing the chain counter on Zanshin's windlass at the comfort of the docks in Marina Bas-du-Fort in Guadeloupe
(2017-04-08 15:25:49 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/20.0, 1/60s] ISO 250)
Windlass repair in Guadeloupe
Cleaned Topsides A liberal washing with AwlWash followed by a chamois cloth to make the hull reflect again
(2017-04-08 11:38:38 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/400s] ISO 250)
Cleaned Topsides
Panoramic Marina bas du Fort Panoramic shot from Zanshin's position close to the end of the main transient docks at Marina Bas du Fort
(2017-04-08 11:39:19 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 1/8000s] ISO 250)
Panoramic Marina bas du Fort
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