Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Satisfying Afternoon with ‘Minnow’

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



Steve Carey said...

Coming nicely. I did notice the fan heater!

Will have a look at the "EGG" boat.


William Serjeant said...


I've ordered an Autohelm mounting socket. When that is in place and the supports have been varnished, the Autohelm will be ready for use.