Our old VHF radio works fine. It is an ICOM M502. The previous owner I guess installed it or had it installed with the remote microphone connection in the cockpit. The microphone, however, was well sun-dried, rather like a raisin.
The cable and case which appear to have once been white were that dull yellow color the sun cooks plastic to when the stuff sits in the sun too long. The cord, which was once the cool, curley-Q design was stretched out and pieces of the cover were disintegrating.
Pieces of it liter the sole of the boat and the cockpit floor every time I connect it. It was well past due for replacement.
I had counted the pins on the mic connector before I departed the boat for Colorado last month and stopped in the local ham shop and found a cable I could attach by using the old connector and mic body. Picked the surplus cable up for a couple of dollars.
Unfortunately, I’m really having issues with my close in vision for doing soldering and stuff like that, so I considered perhaps I could get a replacement mic already to go. Sure enough, I did some searching and found a black one, a white one and a few extra items I don’t need, so I ordered it. Cost 100 dollars, free shipping. Not bad I guess.
It will be here next Tuesday. I can use that now. I’ve packed the old microphone and new cable into a plastic bag and stowed it under the nav station seat for after my eye surgery so I’ll have a spare again if needed.
Our plan is starting to flesh out. We are going, at this point, down the ICW a ways. We will decide about whether we will sail out and back in to the Bahamas, or go all the way to Florida on the ICW later. We, as usual, will have several plans and back up plans in case something goes wrong.
With all that in mind, today I ordered the rest of the Explorer charts for the Bahamas. We already have the last edition for the Near Bahamas, including Marsh Harbor and Abacos. So, I ordered 2 more chart books, a full chart of the Bahamas for planning and a copy of the chart for Abacos Sea, which I promptly found a copy thereof after ordering. Oh well, spare.
We’re looking over some cruiser guides as well, but I placed an order for the Waterway Guide for the Bahamas. Might not get any others, but at least we will have that one. We will decide on other books if necessary once that one arrives. We have most of the Waterway guides already, and they have been decent for the ICW, helpful. There are things lacking occasionally which I find in other books.
The biggest issue with books is we have no real room in which to store them. I’ve got to empty out a couple of lockers under the seats, consolidate things, and make some more room for stuff we truly need to keep. At this point I have SOME room in the forward head, which doesn’t work. I’m about to rip out the toilet in there and put in a working, manual pumping head without the holding tank. I hate the way the system is here on the boat, without a way to empty the tanks overboard in the ocean without climbing into a rather precarious position on the fore-deck. That tank has to go. It takes up a lot of space anyway, a place I can store… say books. Or Food. Or chain. Or an anchor. Anything but poop.
So, new books, new charts, new microphone, and in a few days, new lenses for my eyes.
Then I can actually read the charts and books.
And the microphone display.
And see the little ants better.
(We have little tiny ants aboard. I’m hunting for them now, I think I know where they are coming from, so I will find them. And kill them. And their mommy too….)