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ATA_route
The ATA expedition will take 14 months to stop in about 31 ports as both North and South America are circumnavigated. See http://aroundtheamericas.com
OcWatch launch
OcWatch launch
Another view during the launching ceremony.
Mast Top
Mast Top
The top of the mast is a heavy plate. We drilled holes into the plate to mount an instrument platform.
PMEL Instrument Van
PMEL Instrument Van
NOAA PMEL maintains a calibrated instrument van in an exposed location on a knoll near their Lake Washington facility at Sand Point. They have agreed to allow us to test the ATA meteorological instrument at this facility.
top plate on the test table
top plate on the test table
The view here shows the plate sitting on the test table. There will be some interference from other instruments but errors should be small.
Test stand
Test stand
The components, left to right, are the WXT weather station (foreground), wind monitor (behind), mast light, temperature/relative humidity sensor in the multiplate shade, barometer intake port, wind sensor compass and interface (above the barometer port), the junction box, PSP (solar) and PIR (longwave) radiometers.
Data Acquisition System
Data Acquisition System
Inside a sheltered area, the different serial lines feed into the data acquisition system. The components of the DAQ are, left to right, Netbook computer running Windows XP, Ethernet switch, Adam 4017 eight-channel 16-bit analog-to-digital converter, two five-serial-port to Ethernet converters, and a power supply.
Hasse & Genoa
Hasse & Genoa
Carol Hasse of Hasse and Company, Port Townsend Sails bending on the new Genoa.
Bosun's chair to the top
Bosun's chair to the top
Whenever any work is necessary on the mast the bosun's chair is used. The top of the mast is about 94' above the deck.
Final adjustments
Final adjustments
The sail work was unbelievable in its perfection and attention to every detail. Chaff pads were anticipated, the same person was responsible for all stitches in any part. As we tried out the sails a person was standing by to adjust, touch up, whip, and splice as required. If a special problem could not be resolved in the spot the sail went back to the shop for proper adjustments.
Sail details.
Sail details.
Hand stitched. Leather pads over possible wear spots. Hand pressed stainless hardware.
Sail details
Sail details
Sewing glove
Sewing glove
The old methods of workmanship are followed at Hasse and Company, an all woman enterprise that was founded in 1975.
Main sail and Staysail.
Main sail and Staysail.
Genoa not shown.
ATA MET ready to deploy
ATA MET ready to deploy
The complete ATA meteorological package ready to deploy. The instruments, from left to right, are WXT weather transmitter, RM young wind monitor, T/RH in the multiplate shade screen, mast light, RM Young compass and interface, barometer intake port, RM young barometer, junction box with tilt-compass sensor and RAD radiometer circuit board, PSP shortwave radiometer (clear glass dome), and PIR longwave radiometer (silver dome).
Install ATA Met
Install ATA Met
Mark Schrader and Andy Gregory are carried aloft with the met system.
Installing the Met package
Installing the Met package
The system was mounted to the mast top by six stainless steel standoff posts. The entire installation process took about 45 minutes.
ATA MET
ATA MET
The ATA meteorological package on the mast top of the yacht Ocean Watch.
ATA MET installed
ATA MET installed
The complete system makes a small impact to the massive mast of the Ocean Watch.
Jelly Fish School
Jelly Fish School
Instructions on the jelly fish study that will be going on the cruise.