January 9th a tornado hit Cape Coral which felt a little too close for comfort, but the storms that blew thru this weekend were too close for comfort. This storm hit Marco Island on Friday around 1:30 PM. It had already tore thru Ft. Myers (possible tornado touch down there) and Naples. We ended up with high winds in the 25-30MPH range and sideways rain.
Rain started, but the wind has not kicked in yet, these two guys are scrambling to get awning down. It didn't happen, within seconds we had sideways rain.
30 MPH gusts in the Marina
The second storm hit at 5:23 Sunday Morning - winds clocking 38 MPH. Naples Airport reported 84 MPH winds. Lots of power outages. It's scary when it happens in the dark - reminds me of a few overnight passages we have had, even though we were (hopefully) adequately secured to the dock. The marina dockmaster spent the day retrieving and collecting unsecured items blown from boats.
Ok now we have started on the scary panel. To relocate the gauges some of the wires need to be extended, so, start splicing in wire. The engine temp, coolant temp, oil pressure, battery status and warning buzzer will be relocated to the new center panel and will be further from the original wire harness, thus the wire extensions.
So here is the old panel, hoping to recreate the lower portion to install on new panel. Drawings and bids are in, will see what happens. All the old instruments are now rewired and ready for install on new helm , process is slow, but...
Varnishing is very much like standing on your head.
Concept is happening. Black Laminate has been applied. More instruments to be installed in that helm. We are happy with the vision.