After a final flurry of activity early yesterday morning we have finally got Naughty-Cal ready for this upcoming weekends trip to The Newark Festival.
The most important job for the weekends break was rewiring the VHF aerial. On our last trip up the Trent in April it had become apparent that we were struggling with reception. We also needed to change our VHF aerial for a shorter one for transport next month so there was no time like the present to rewire the whole system. The cause of the loss of signal became pretty apparent with the state of the cable that we removed. As the quick release connection had been external to the canopies and subject to the inclement weather it had rusted the cable core for the first 1m or so. With the new cable in place and the new quick release connection now internal and away from the worst of the weather we have much better signal and much clearer reception.
We also managed to have a trial fit of the tonneau cover which fits very well considering it wasn't made for our boat, certainly good enough for the road trip. The dinghy patch is back in place ready to sit the dinghy on the davits and we fitted some new fender flutes to the fenders as the existing ones were starting to become a little worn and were starting to slip too easily.
With all of this done we are now ready for the off on Thursday evening.