This was our 2013 Jayco Flight Swift 198 RD


Sunday 28 April 2024

I wish it would not be raining so much

After some very nice warm and sunny days at the beginning of April I was hopeful to get lots accomplished on our property. Well, some got done, but then we slid into wintery temps again and so much rainfall that put a stop to my outdoor activities. The grass grew nevertheless and I took the weed trimmer out to pre cut some of the grass as it was already so high and too wet for the mowers. Then when we had a few days of dry and sunny conditions I cut it all down with the John Deere tractor and the Husqvarna push-mower. However, in a matter of a few days it’s regrown already! Oh, the fun of garden maintenance.

Yes, the cats have been in it again ;-(

So enough lamenting about the wet conditions. I’m happy that the spring flowers are all in full bloom and seem to survive despite the neighbour cats using my flowerbeds as their preferred litter boxes. And finally, the Orioles have arrived! Now I’m waiting for the Hummingbirds as they should also be on their way. Benno and I love to watch the birds on our feeders while we are sitting at the table eating our meals. As I grew up, I had no patience for birds, but my grandmother used to sit by the window for hours with binoculars watching the birds in her garden. Funny how our interests change as we grow wiser and older.

Took the photo through the rainy window

This Northern Flicker kept pecking at our lawn. Had to use my tele through the window.

Benno is also waiting for the weather to improve. He spent some time to adhere labels to most of the electrical wires in the boat so it will be easy to identify where they are connected to. We have three different kinds of label makers in our household to do jobs incl. a wire label printer and it had been a bit tedious to do but so worth it in the long run when you have a electrical problem you will be able to identify the right wire. 

A closeup of the lettering on the electrical wires

More labeling inside the electrical panel

This label maker is for the wire lettering

The new sink and faucet had arrived and installing it was no easy task as they sit above the holding tank for the toilet and there is not much room to work with. That is done now and a mirror cabinet got installed above. The cupboard type cabinet in the odd shaped crevice adjacent to the counter is next to get finished. 

The sink and faucet installed

The mirror cabinet installed above

The plumbing for underneath, notice the two round inspection holes in back

That is how the drain of the sink and hot and cold water for the faucet are installed underneath
as seen through the round inspection port

That is how Benno had to work through the inspection ports to hook up the plumbing

After rethinking the navigation arrangement in this boat and all the rewiring Benno is doing, he decided to depart with the Raymarine Radar with Navionics Charts, Plotter and GPS units that are probably now 15+ years old. We sold them quickly on Marketplace and ordered new equipment. 

A photo of our ad for the old equipment

The new Furuno GPS Chart  Plotter- Fishfinder Combo on the dashboard will be coupled to a new Furuno Radar DRS4W that is wireless except for the actual power cable. The Radar display can be called up on the Plotter, iPhone or iPad. How convenient! So no new extra holes have to be drilled into the cabin roof. Bonus! 

The new Furuno GPS-Chart-Plotter-Radar-Fishfinder Combo

All hooked up and ready to display

For all the woodwork jobs requiring the saws etc. Benno wants to do them outside to avoid all that dust inside the garage, so weather depending. In the meantime he also is problem solving of how to modify the existing steering for a future autopilot. The boat came with a hydraulic wheel steering system made in Australia to which we cannot get easily parts locally. Yes, building or rebuilding a boat involves a lot of problem solving, but my hubby is pretty good at that. So I’m hopeful at the outcome.

The hydraulic steering pump apart in Benno's shop

That’s all for my little update for now so you don’t think I have abandoned my blog. See you hopefully soon again with more details.

Thanks for dropping in.


  1. The weather has been like a roller coaster, but hopefully soon things will become more normalized.
    Lots of cars today have electrical controls for the steering. Could something like that solve the problem?
    Be Safe and Enjoy the Sunshine.

    It's about time.

    1. Thanks Rick, unfortunately the GPS autopilot coupled with hydraulic steering is different in a boat. As to the weather, I sure hope for more dryer conditions.

  2. I agree on the weather, hopefully it will change for the better soon.
    That is the first time I have seen a label maker for wire, it makes identification easy and neat.
    I admire the neatness, patience and time that Benno has put into the wiring and other aspects of renovation of the boat.

    1. Identifying the electrical cables if there is a problem somewhere sure helps the person trying to fix it.

  3. If it wasn't for weather, what ever would we complain about? haha.
    Needless to say, you are making headway on the boats progress. I'm not surprised Bill is impressed with Benno's work. Great job!
    (bad cats!)

    1. Presently the weather is a topic we are all talking about. Hopefully it improves soon!

  4. The tasks will proceed apace as and when better weather makes it's appearance. As it is, you're making great progress. Sorry about the cat business - but the tulips look glorious! Labels make a huge difference, especially as we get more "scattered" over time, lol. 😊 Great to hear from you, thanks for posting!!

    1. You got it! We are continuing with our chores, more updates coming.

  5. LOVE a good fishfinder!! That's going to be some fancy rig when it's done!!!

    1. I don't know about finding the fish, but it should navigate us to where we want to go.

  6. Wow, those little touches like that labeling will pay off in the long run for you guys' years from now when you wonder what each of one those wires are for.

    1. Just found your comment in my spam folder somehow. Yes, it is helpful for anyone looking for a fault in the wiring when they are labeled as to where they are going.