This Memorial Day was a total blur... It took 3 solid days to erect our new radar and wind generator poles. Exhausting. Positioning bases and putting up the radar pole, tweaking, tweaking, tweaking, taking it down, driving home to re-sand bases to level, putting up the pole again, reset. Then do it all over again with the wind generator pole.
Much of the time I spent holding the poles in place whilst Brian walked the docks. With brow furrowed, he'd pace front and back, side to side, lining them up to what we hope is vertical and me, moving them ever so slightly, just trying not to let the really expensive stainless fall over into the water. "Forward, more, more, back, ok DON'T MOVE". Then I'd brace myself for boat lurching time as he jumped onto the boat to affix them in the right spot, mark holes, etc.
Then came all the hole drilling. 10 to be exact, not a nice feeling to put that many holes in the boat's caprail. Then we attached the radar and head of the wind generator (no blades yet) and wired them out though the pole base. At the end of the day on Monday, when it came time to install them "for reals" it was certainly a group effort. One person had to hold the pole, while 2 people fed the mass of wires around all the obstacles and down into the boat.
Now for the fun part this coming weekend, wiring into the boat and trying it out...cross your fingers!