It's amazing how much work gets done when four capable boating guys come together. I guess it's no surprise, I mean, eight hands can certainly accomplish more than two but sometimes when multiple people get in a small space to work you can wade into "too many cooks in the kitchen" territory. Not with these guys. They are in full-on divide and conquer mode and it is pretty awesome. Dave (our neighbor) is an extremely skilled woodworker so he has been tackling projects that involve wood and/or starboard. Jake is skilled in just about every discipline and has been working on our bilge pumps (we replaced our current one and are adding a new manual pump), Scott is working on everything electronic (like installing our pactor modem and cockpit stereo remote) and Mike acts a floater to helps out whomever needs a hand. It's an excellent team. Every day at least three items get crossed off our list, every day we inch toward having our boat ready to go.
located a company in New Zealand who currently makes almost the exact same windlass as our defunct Simpson Lawrence unit (ours is the V2000 and they make a very similar V2200 whose parts are interchangeable). We should be able to order a new gypsy and it's looking like we won't need a new windlass after all! HUGE thanks to our friend, Willie, for being the first to alert us to the winch company and MEGA props blog follower Belinda for the tip-off and contact info of a guy in the UK who was able to help us with our windlass. Awesome stuff. I've said it before and I'll say it again: you guys are the BEST. Thank you for not only following along on our journey, but helping us out along the way!