I completed the wiring for the Autohelm 800. The autopilot can be plugged into a household three-prong socket that is wired to the ship’s battery. The wire is thick, multifilament copper to facilitate the flow of electricity, and I have kept it short to minimize resistance. The socket has an on/off switch for immediate activation and deactivation. I can plug into it a multi-plug socket for powering my mobile phone and other equipment at the same time. I shall have to change the fuse from 13 amps to 5 amps. I may run a portable all-round white anchor/navigation light from it.
I derived satisfaction from doing the wiring. The weather was cold and damp, but inside ‘Minnow’s’ cabin I was snug. I ran my small blow heater, and the inspection lamp also threw out heat.
Because one can live on a Paradox for months at a time, George Clarke could well feature a Paradox on his Channel 4 0 D TV programme. (George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces) Did you see Episode 1 of the 2013 series in which he featured a floating egg made from double diagonal planking with a layer of epoxy glass matting between? Boat builder, Paul Baker did a first-class job building the egg.
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
Meet the man who lives and works in an egg: Giant floating wooden pod is artist’s home.
Stephen Turner’s Exbury Egg
Stephen Turner’s Blog
Exbury Egg – YouTube - featuring Paul Baker