Overhauling the Radar Wing - Part 1

We've been thinking about the future with Bandit recently. We're pondering the idea of transporting Bandit back to the South coast for when I move away to university in September 2018 so we get the most out of her. Not only that but I would love nothing more than to have her at sea. I'm taking a gap year before moving to uni so we've got time to think. Along with this, we're also moving house and the white GRP radar wing that we removed from Bandit's radar arch in January 2016 when we purchased her is still sitting in the garden.

The idea is to keep this radar wing and reinstall it to the arch if we move her back down South. It's a nice feature to the Sealine 290 and it was a shame to remove it when we got her. It needed to be done, however, due to the bridge clearances on the River Great Ouse where Bandit currently lives.

So, I got the wing in this morning and had a look at what would need to be done. Firstly, I screwed the white GRP access panels back to the bottom of the wing so they don't get lost of damaged. I then removed the top 360º anchoring light along with the wires. All the cables in this wing are completely rusted and are in need of replacing.

Bandit's GRP radar wing that we removed when we purchased her
Reinstalled the GRP access panels to avoid loss or damage

So, what's next? We'll continue to clean the wing up and polish it so it's looking nice again. We won't install any new navigation equipment just yet (or move any over from Bandit) as we're not sure what we are actually doing with the boat yet. The idea of moving her South is just a thought at this time.

The overhaul for the wing shouldn't cost much money at all as it's just moving all the navigation equipment that we've currently got on Bandit back to her wing where it's above the boat and out the way.

To-do-list:

  1. Clean up, compound and polish the wing.
  2. Disassemble the different sections of the wing, replace screws and re-silicone / reseal it.
  3. Fill in any holes left from the removal of old nav equipment / accessories.
  4. Replace 360º anchoring light (with the one that we installed to Bandit's radar arch recently)
  5. Replace the front-facing Aqua Signal Series 41 navigation light.
  6. Remove the black whip aerial and see if we can use it again or replace it (we think it's for the FM radio).
  7. Eventually, reinstall the 2.7m whip aerial for the VHF that we've just fitted to Bandit back to the wing.
  8. Replace the twin trumpet horns (we left the mounts installed as they're expensive).
  9. Replace all wiring for new.
  10. Replace any waterproof cable glands for the nav equipment wiring.

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