Hi, Phil has been working the past week to install the under the deck autopilot on Changes. Attached is a picture of the tiller arm installed. Phil had it made from Aluminum bar stock instead of ordering it - save several hundred dollars and it's very sturdy. He made a mock up from wood and then took it to a guy in town who made it up. Tomorrow he is fiberglassing some parts to the hull. This has turned into quite a project, but so necessary for us to go cruising in September.
We participated in a just for fun race today. Half the group went on the "B" course - and others (us included) went on the "A" course. We didn't hear the race announced on the radio. That's ok - the "A" course was close reach, so we were able to head for the marks instead of tacking - much more fun in my opinion. I steered the entire race, so good experience for me. Was really nice - expected 5 knot winds and instead were from 10 - 20 knots. Afterwards, we have hot dogs and other food that was brought for a nice lunch. A fun time was had by all. Next Sunday we are race committee boat, so I'm hoping for South winds which will give me no waves.