Dirk and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary this month and decided to get safety equipment as our gifts. First thing we got was the "SPOT", the satellite messenger.
For those of you not familiar with it,.. using the GPS satellite system to determine our location and communications satellites to transmit information to chosen recipients we can send with a touch of a button our location out that will include a web link to view our location on Google Maps. Our friends used this last year while they were in the Bahamas and it was nice to get a message and see where they were at. It also has a 911 button that you can push for an emergency. We both got new self inflatable life vest that will work nicely with the harness system we have.
Its attached to the propane locker so it doesn't move. Have to say we are loving it and have no problems seeing now. Dirk also installed a new florescent light fixture in the salon as he hates how dark it is when he needs task lighting. Have to say, it does light things up. He also installed me new LED task lighting above the stove area.
With my cutting board on top I use this area the most in the galley and its the darkest spot. The lights swivel 360 and tilt forward and back putting light wherever I need it. I also completed a screen door project I wanted to do. Since we have our cat I hate to close up the companionway hatches when we are at anchor and away from the boat. We do have a full screen for the companionway but to be effective you must be inside of the boat to fully install it. Usually we put it in as good as we can and put the two hatches in leaving only the sliding top open. I am always worrying that he will get out so I figured I could make a sliding screen hatch. Below is a photo.
Now it wont keep all the bugs out as there is a small gap up top but it will do what I wanted it to. This way I can pull the top and slide in the hatch and its seems pretty secure. Guess that's the over protective mama coming out in me.